It's a pretty safe bet that you will have had several doses of unpleasant news and experiences by the time you celebrate your 50th birthday. Perhaps someone broke your heart. Maybe you experienced an unwelcome health challenge. A child, a close friend or a parent could have died. Your business may have gone bankrupt, or you may have lost your ...Read more
One of the amazing things about life is that the older you get, the easier it is to find people who deserve to be called a hero. Frequently, we use that label for those who serve in the military or risk their lives for a greater cause. But for me, people who quietly go out of their way to make someone else feel better or help someone in need ...Read more
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
About 100 years ago, Anatole France, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1921, weighed in on the reason why change can be so challenging. He wrote, "All changes ... have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another."
As we age, for many of us anything that ...Read more
I don't know about you, but I just love it when older celebrities choose to embrace their age rather than try to look several decades younger. Recently, there has been a spate of photographs circulating on the internet of famous seniors who are vibrant, active and (really) attractive -- even though they moved into what the entertainment industry...Read more
Unless you are blessed with superior Zen-like mind control, you have probably noticed an unwelcome uptick in your anxiety levels as you've grown older. It's not uncommon for seniors to be burdened with a variety of age-related concerns -- on top of the ordinary worries everyone else copes with. But it doesn't help us to obsess and worry over ...Read more
I've always liked this quote from Abraham Lincoln, who was known to suffer from major bouts of depression: "Folks are usually as happy as they make their minds up to be."
In the last decade, dozens of best-selling books have been published that dissect the various attitudes and techniques needed to get and keep a positive frame of mind. From ...Read more
Unless you are part of a microscopic minority, something has probably happened within the last 10 years to serve as a reminder that you are not as physically young as you used to be. Perhaps you're a little stiffer in the morning. Maybe your tennis game is a bit slower. Or maybe you've developed an illness that has seriously affected the way you...Read more
Have you noticed that something strange seems to happen after you reach the age of 60? The people in our lives, especially those closest to us, often make a quiet (but frequently misguided) gear shift into protection mode. Our children urge restraint when it comes to physical activities, our colleagues begin shifting stress-laden and travel-...Read more
Last year, when I watched Dr. Steven Gundry on "The Dr. Oz Show," I was intrigued by the idea of eliminating lectins from my diet but not intrigued enough to actually do anything about it. Earlier this year, however, I broke down and bought Gundry's best-selling book "The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in 'Healthy' Foods that Cause Disease ...Read more
Few things in life give me as much pleasure as finding a well-written, worthwhile book that should have made it onto the best-seller list but didn't. Who wouldn't love the idea of introducing others to what is essentially an undiscovered treasure?
Today's objet trouve is a 329-page wonder called "Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live ...Read more
If you're a female baby boomer who refuses to dress your age or wear age-appropriate clothes, then we have something in common. For years, my friends have teased me about the size of my wardrobe and my life-long inability to quit being (pardon the expression) a label whore. If it's anything by Oscar de la Renta or Valentino, I can't help but ...Read more