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Getting Older

Getting older isn’t a popular concept. There are so many aging stereotypes and myths, that many of us grow up fearing our 50th or 60th birthdays. In reality, getting older can be a blessing. For starters, the older you get, the better you know yourself. In addition, you finally have the time to explore your passions. Let’s explore and celebrate the aging process together!

These 3 Books About Midlife Have Arrived Just in Time for the Holidays
5 months ago

These 3 Books About Midlife Have Arrived Just in Time for the Holidays

By  •  Mindset

Increased longevity has created a new life stage in the middle of our lives – not at the end – and I call it Middlescence. Think of it as a second adolescence, but with wisdom, resources and the beauty of not caring so much about what the world thinks! Read More

A Boomer’s Guide to Understanding Millennials
6 months ago

A Boomer’s Guide to Understanding Millennials

Have you noticed the millennial bashing that’s going on? Here’s just a minuscule sampling of headlines in the press: Millennials are killing off the car industry. Millennials are killing off paper napkins. Millennials are killing off bar soap. Are Millennials killing off wine? How millennial lack of manners is killing off class. Read More

Are You Ready to Be a Great-Grandma? Thinking About the Long-term Future
6 months ago

Are You Ready to Be a Great-Grandma? Thinking About the Long-term Future

By  •  Mindset

Not long ago, my six-year old grandson took me aback. “Granny,” he asked innocently enough. “Would you do me a favour?” I assumed he wanted another biscuit (cookie) or to watch some more television. Read More

Is Your Relationship with Pain Stopping You from Enjoying Life After 60?
6 months ago

Is Your Relationship with Pain Stopping You from Enjoying Life After 60?

Is pain a growing fear as you age? Is it part of your identity once you pass the sixty gate?

When I was ten years old, a boy swung a shovel with a rusty corner at a bee. I had just stooped down to the ground to pick something up. When I stood up, the shovel’s rusty corner came straight down into the top of my head. I was the pain. The pain was me. I was scared to death as a literal geyser of blood sprung out of my head, drenching my clothes. Read More

Getting Older Isn’t Painful, but, People’s Reactions to Our Aging Are
6 months ago

Getting Older Isn’t Painful, but, People’s Reactions to Our Aging Are

For most of our lives, we are taught that getting older is something to be feared. This is especially true for women, who are shown example after example of how society values youth over experience. Read More

Am I the Only One Still Using Bar Soap? I Guess I’m Finally Getting Old!
6 months ago

Am I the Only One Still Using Bar Soap? I Guess I’m Finally Getting Old!

By  •  Mindset

They told me one day I would feel old, but I just refused to believe them.

Age 30. Then 40, 50, 60, now 64. Nope, not old. Grey hair. White hair. Thinning hair. Definitely more hair in my ears and my nose than on the growing bald spot on the back of my head. Still didn’t feel old. Besides, that’s what small scissors are for. Read More

Getting Older Isn’t All Ice-Cream and Sprinkles
6 months ago

Getting Older Isn’t All Ice-Cream and Sprinkles

A few weeks ago, while I was traveling, I met a lovely woman who is a regular Sixty and Me reader. Let’s call her Jane (not her real name).

When I asked Jane what she thought of Sixty and Me, she gave me a fascinating answer. I want to share it with you here, not because I necessarily agree with her, but, because I have a feeling that some of you may be feeling the same. Read More

Life Doesn’t Have a “Best By” Date
7 months ago

Life Doesn’t Have a “Best By” Date

By  •  Mindset

There is salad dressing in my refrigerator that dates back to the Bush administration. And there’s a plastic container in the back that’s growing a chemistry experiment but I’m afraid to look, so I just leave it there. Read More

For Baby Boomers, the Stairways to Heaven Are Changing
7 months ago

For Baby Boomers, the Stairways to Heaven Are Changing

By  •  Mindset

When it comes to funerals, many Baby Boomers are literally thinking outside the box.

Of course, that really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Those born between 1946 and 1964 have been constantly reinventing most life stages as they have been passing through them. So why should death be any different? Read More

Meaningful Celebration Ideas for a 60th Birthday and Beyond!
7 months ago

Meaningful Celebration Ideas for a 60th Birthday and Beyond!

My friend survived another trip around the sun, and I searched for an appropriate birthday card to send her.

I noticed that many cards contained exaggerated, pathetic caricatures that resembled cruel and unusual punishment for still being alive. An entire industry now creates snarky greeting cards and ready-made emails that mock seasoned women. I’m not going to buy or send them. Read More