I just love it when I learn about an experiment that has turned out to be a win-win for everyone involved. Don't you?
Back in 1982, the Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly organization in Chicago, or H.O.M.E., started as an experiment in innovative housing options for low-income seniors. Pat Crowley House was the first ...Read more
Ever since the 2008 Great Recession, large numbers of young people have chosen (or been forced because of finances) to move back home and live with Mom and Dad. But according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, nearly half of Americans who are in their 40s and 50s have a parent who is 65 years older and are either raising a young child or ...Read more
Wouldn't it be nice to think of getting older as exhilarating rather than terrifying? Learning to accept all the aspects of aging -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- was the goal that inspired former NPR reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty to write one of my favorite books of 2016, "Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife."
For years, the stereotypical image of a grandfather wasn't all that attractive. In fact, it often swerved between two extremes: the rail-thin visage of the man in Grant Wood's "American Gothic" and the iconoclastic overweight Archie Bunker body type. These days, men are paying closer attention than ever before to their health markers, their ...Read more
When I'm not writing columns or working on my books, I devote a lot of time to helping seniors commit their life stories to paper. Currently, over a half a dozen of my local first-time authors have completed and published their memoirs.
When I turned 65, I experienced a tangled mass of conflicting emotions, most of which centered around the ...Read more
It's no secret that many older men face serious challenges when it comes to healthy social connections. Traditionally, women often maintain a family's social connections. If a man loses his wife through death or divorce, then staying connected can become a serious challenge. In the U.S. and the U.K., nearly 1 in 3 people who are older than 65 ...Read more
Do you remember the days when everyone seemed to retire on or before that ominous 65th birthday? Well, it's 2019, which means that was then, and this is now. According to the latest research, there are more seniors employed now than ever before, and they are often being given jobs that are categorized as age-appropriate.
According to Matthew ...Read more
For years, researchers have known that everyone benefits from socialization --regardless of age or gender. We've all seen the tragic videos of neglected orphans who failed to grow and develop because they were kept in isolation and deprived of interaction with others. According to functional magnetic resonance imaging studies, or fMRI studies, ...Read more
I have a dear friend who has been a widow for three years. She recently told me that special days, like her birthday, Valentine's Day or her anniversary always make her feel depressed. She knows that no one would ever love or pamper her the way her husband did. And that sobering fact always makes her really sad.
I let my friend verbally cry on ...Read more
At this stage of our lives, especially if we are having a down day, it can be all too easy to tell ourselves that our lives were better when we were younger. My goal today is to remind you that sort of negativity can be a form of misguided nostalgia, because there is no payoff or upside to imagining that "the way things used to be" is somehow ...Read more
It's a pretty safe bet that you will have had several doses of unpleasant news and experiences by the time you celebrate your 50th birthday. Perhaps someone broke your heart. Maybe you experienced an unwelcome health challenge. A child, a close friend or a parent could have died. Your business may have gone bankrupt, or you may have lost your ...Read more
One of the amazing things about life is that the older you get, the easier it is to find people who deserve to be called a hero. Frequently, we use that label for those who serve in the military or risk their lives for a greater cause. But for me, people who quietly go out of their way to make someone else feel better or help someone in need ...Read more
Do you remember the 1993 hit movie "Grumpy Old Men"? It starred Jack Lemmon, who was 68 at the time, and Walter Matthau, who was 73. The gist of the comedy is that older people are almost inevitably in a bad mood, and because of their advanced age they have essentially forgotten how to laugh or smile. A more recent example of this ageist ...Read more