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Are You a Grandparent?

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

If you are a baby boomer, chances are you are also a grandparent. And the reason I'm so sure about that statement is I just learned from a Pew Research Center study that 83 percent of Americans over the age of 65 have grandchildren. What this means is that 37 percent of households nationwide are headed by grandparents, and the number of homes ...Read more

Do You Have a Donor Card?

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

When I was a young adult driving in California, I rarely gave my donor card a thought. Back then, it was just another small piece of paper in my wallet. In those days, the confidence and optimism of youth crowded out any serious thoughts about real-life accidents, illness or disease.

But now, decades (and decades and decades and decades) later,...Read more

Senior Travel Tips

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

Now that spring is here, it's time to start thinking about traveling to far-away locales and visiting our loved ones. But after reaching 50, there are certain issues that we need to keep in mind when leaving our familiar surroundings. Below are 16 tips to help circumvent unwanted travel troubles. Bon voyage!

1. Research and plan ahead: Ask for ...Read more

How to Be a Superager

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

When I first learned that most people begin to experience a subtle but measurable decline in memory in their 50s, I was not a happy camper. As a baby boomer, I simply couldn't understand why we can't somehow manage to stay forever young in spite of the passing years.

Then I learned about the important work being conducted by esteemed ...Read more

Do You Have Insomnia?

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

There used to be an old wives' tale that suggested older people needed a lot less sleep than younger people. But according to The National Institutes of Health, older adults only need one hour less sleep -- the recommended amount is 6 1/2 to 7 hours per night. Unfortunately, almost half of adults age 60 and older experience insomnia, a form of ...Read more

Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

Did you have music lessons when you were a youngster? For most of the last century, it is reported, 15 to 20 percent of high school students nationally participated in some sort of music education. That means an estimated 80 percent of America's adult population would need beginning instruction in order to participate in a group that makes music...Read more

Seventy essays of valuable insige and advice

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

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

Voulez-Vous Help Your Brain?

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

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

Voulez-Vous Help Your Brain?

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

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

Multigenerational Living: Students

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

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

Multigenerational Living Part 1: Families

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

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

Life Reimagined

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

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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The Hottest Grandpa in China

Health & Spirit / Positive Aging /

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

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