Positive Aging: Seventy

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For four very happy decades, a substantial part of my career was spent critiquing recently published books. I'm one of those people who just can't stop recommending titles to others -- which now includes you.

One particular book was published four years ago, but it is as up to date as if it just rolled off the presses last night. "70 Things To ...Read more

Positive Aging: Voulez-Vous Help Your Brain?

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I live in South Florida, which is frequently referred to as the home of the silver tsunami. This phrase describes the fact that people like me, the baby boomers (there are 74.9 million of us, born between 1946 and 1964), are beginning to hit retirement age. Unfortunately, this happens to be the precise age when most cases of Alzheimer's disease ...Read more

Positive Aging: Multigenerational Living Part 2 - Students

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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

Positive Aging: Multigenerational Living Part 1 - Families

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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 or older and are either raising a young child or ...Read more

Positive Aging: Life Reimagined

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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."

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Positive Aging: The Hottest Grandpa in China

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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

Positive Aging: Why Not Write Your Life?

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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

Positive Aging: Why a men's shed is a good idea

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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

Positive Aging: Want a Job?

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Do you remember the days when everyone seemed to retire on or before that ominous 65th birthday? Well, that was then, and this is now. Research says in recent years, there have been more seniors employed than ever before, and they are often being given jobs that are categorized as age-appropriate.

According to Matthew Rutledge, an economist at ...Read more

Why social interaction is essential

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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

Positive Aging: Senior Sweethearts

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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

Positive Aging: Gratitude

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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

Positive Aging: How to Not Be Grumpy

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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



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