When I'm not working on my own writing projects - or lost within the pages of a spellbinding best-seller - I spend a lot of time helping other people write their memoirs. Since I live in South Florida, there are plenty of baby boomers (and even quite a few members of the greatest generation) who want to put the events of their lives in ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Surgeon explains at home fix for dark spots
and uneven skin tones on skin...
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
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
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
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
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
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
The At Home Fix That Is Like A Power Wash
For Your Gut Lining...
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
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