The number of people in America who are over the age of 65 is expected to double during the next 25 years. Some major readjustments need to be made regarding how and where seniors live (and, as your peer, I'm speaking to you, baby boomers). A 2010 AARP survey found that almost 90 percent of respondents over the age of 65 said they want to stay ...Read more
If you're like me, you probably experience plenty of days when you feel as if you are simply too old or too tired for whatever happens to be annoying you at the time. After all, we've weathered more than our share of challenges in the past decades, and the idea of lounging on a tropical beach or simply taking an extended break from our normal ...Read more
When I share my thoughts on growing older gracefully with my readers, it's important for everyone to know that, as in so many areas of life, I bring more enthusiasm to my activities than expertise. Fortunately, curiosity and enthusiasm often compensate for brilliance or a list of college degrees. Having said that, I'm going to go on the record ...Read more
Last weekend, while reading The New York Times, I enjoyed learning about a remarkable 107-year-old man named Joe Binder who is still full of life and good humor. The article, written by journalist Corey Kilgannon, was accompanied by photos that showed a well-dressed, happy Binder blowing out candles on his birthday cake. Remarkably, he doesn't ...Read more
Sixty-five years ago, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale revolutionized the publishing world with his enormously popular book "The Power of Positive Thinking." Fifty-one years later, the equally popular book and video "The Secret" proposed the same argument: that focusing on the things that we want (i.e., being positive or optimistic) can pay big ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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