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
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
Some population experts have referred to the increasing numbers of aging baby boomers as the "silver tsunami." Longer life spans combined with an unusually large over-60 population segment could be seen as a major problem for both our economy and health care system. But this is not merely a problem here in the U.S. In fact, Japan appears to be ...Read more
Did you know that LGBT individuals in America represent approximately 4 percent of the population as of 2016? Senior citizens who identify with this group face unique challenges on every level. Unfortunately, being such a small percentage means that their complications, issues or problems are all too often ignored or unacknowledged. According to...Read more
Full disclosure: Even though I've been obsessed with health issues my entire life, I've never been interested in working in the medical field. Most of my classmates from my all-girls high school chose nursing as a career, but I was so freaked out by hospitals and illness that I was the only teenager in my class to actively boycott working as a ...Read more
Last week, we talked about Dan Buettner's research on the Blue Zones, the five places in the world where people are the healthiest and live the longest. It's important to remember that our genes dictate 10 percent of our longevity and lifestyle controls the rest. You may have already read Buettner's best-selling books "The Blue Zones: Lessons ...Read more
It's no secret that I've been labeled an alternative health advocate for most of my adult life. There's something undeniably seductive about the idea of trying to be the captain of your fate when it comes to taking care of your body. For that reason, I've been a huge fan of Dan Buettner, the National Geographic fellow and New York Times best-...Read more
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