Health & Spirit



Do You Have a Morrie?

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

Twenty years ago, the international bestselling book "Tuesdays With Morrie" was published, and since then, over 15 million copies have been sold. Millions more watched the ABC movie adaptation of the book, which starred Jack Lemmon as Morrie and Hank Azaria as author Mitch Albom. It's a short, sentimental book that honors the mutually beneficial...Read more

Airbnb's Most Popular Hosts

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

As we all know, a great deal of changes have taken place in the travel industry. Remember the days when affordable overseas group tours (remember the film "If This Is Tuesday It Must Be Belgium") were all the rage? Or the days when only the mega-rich could afford to go on a cruise? For better or worse, those days are over. And as anyone who has ...Read more

Seniors and Alcohol Abuse: Part 2

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

In the last column, we discussed the surprising trend of increased drinking among older Americans, as well as the risks that accompany alcohol dependency. We all most likely know someone who has overused alcohol for a long time -- perhaps it's an uncle who always drinks too much at family dinners, or a sorority sister who can't get through the ...Read more

Seniors and Alcohol Abuse

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

A study in the JAMA Psychiatry journal revealed a surprising health risk among older Americans. Researchers compared data from a national survey of about 40,000 conducted in 2001 and 2002, and again in 2012 and 2013. They found that "high-risk drinking" had increased for every age group, but the greatest increase was among older adults. The ...Read more

Legacy Plan

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

As many of you know, my much-loved husband, Tony, died just a few months ago. Since there are almost 14 million widows in America today, I am well aware that whatever challenges I've had to deal with since his death are probably not all that unique. Unfortunately, I have felt blindsided by many of the issues that survivors must face after the ...Read more

The Art of Aging: Part 2

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

Poet Robert Browning once wrote, "Grow old along with me!/ The best is yet to be."

Today, I'd like to continue sharing with you my fondness for Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland's remarkable book "The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being." This gifted author (who died in 2014 at age 83) wrote the book when he was in his 70s, and used his ...Read more

The Art of Aging: Part 1

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

For four decades, I was lucky enough to be a professional book critic. Sometimes my reviews would appear in The Wall Street Journal; sometimes they would show up in The Sunday Times; and frequently they would be in large American local newspapers -- from Los Angeles to Seattle to Dallas to Miami -- that regularly included "book pages" as part of...Read more

Flip-Flops After 50

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

Most of us can fondly remember what it felt like to turn 50. And now that we've celebrated and survived additional landmark birthdays, it's easy to dismiss the anxiety and surprise that can accompany reaching a half-century of life. When I first picked up "Flip-Flops After 50: And Other Thoughts on Aging I Remembered to Write Down" by Cindy ...Read more

International Retirement: Part 2

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

Last week, I introduced "Positive Aging" readers to the International Living Magazine's Annual Global Retirement Index, which evaluates the best places for American retirees to relocate overseas. Last week, we highlighted Malta, Portugal, Nicaragua, Spain and Malaysia.

Do you remember the column I wrote about Dan Buettner's book "The Blue Zones...Read more

International Retirement: Part 1

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

Last weekend, I was spending time with a younger friend who had never seen the movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," and it seemed like as good a time as any to watch Maggie Smith and Judi Dench flex their acting muscles. If you haven't seen it -- I really hope you have -- the main plot has to do with a group of retired British subjects who, ...Read more

90-Year-Old Newlyweds

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

Here's a story to help you feel young at heart no matter how old you happen to be.

While paging through The New York Times recently, an article by Vincent M. Mallozzi really impressed me. It was about an elderly man and woman who had fallen in love and decided to get married. You may find this hard to believe, but the bride was 98 years old; ...Read more

Widow Facts

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As you can imagine, my research files for the "Positive Aging" columns are filled with statistics. For example, today there are 13.6 million widows in America, and about 700,000 women become a widow in the U.S. each year. On average, they survive for about 14 years after their husband's death. Sadly, I became part of that statistic last month ...Read more

The Silver Tsunami

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

Some population experts have referred to the increasing numbers of aging baby boomers as the "silver tsunami." Longer life spans combined with an unusually large over-60 population segment could be seen as a major problem for both our economy and health care system. But this is not merely a problem here in the U.S. In fact, Japan appears to be ...Read more

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