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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!

Are You Old Enough to Know Better?
6 months ago

Are You Old Enough to Know Better?

A friend who is 10 years younger than me and I have a running joke. Her mother sometimes disapproves of our joint outdoor adventures, so she will frequently say, “Mary Lou is old enough to know better,” all in a joking way. Read More

Is Age Just a Number? Do You Feel Hesitant to Reveal Your Age?
7 months ago

Is Age Just a Number? Do You Feel Hesitant to Reveal Your Age?

By  •  Mindset

A group of older women are talking. One, age 64, suggests she is beginning to feel old. Her friend, age 68, says, “No, not me – I’m not old, I’m even working part-time.” Their friend, age 75, says, “No, me neither. I feel full of energy.” What is going on? If they aren’t old, who is? Read More

Let’s Ban the Term “Senior Moment”
7 months ago

Let’s Ban the Term “Senior Moment”

In the midst of choosing a piece of music, my dance instructor forgot which dance we were about to work on. He said he was having a “senior moment.” Given he’s all of 30, that was ludicrous, of course, but it totally got my hackles up. Saying ‘senior moment’ to me, a senior, is not acceptable. Read More

Let’s Explore 3 A’s of Aging Well
7 months ago

Let’s Explore 3 A’s of Aging Well

Aging well is a lot like a spiritual practice. It requires awareness, discipline and focus to move through the third chapter of life with some grace and a little bit of mischievous disgrace. Read More

Skynet or Safety Net? Can Robots Help Older Adults to Live Happier, Healthier Lives? You Bet!
7 months ago

Skynet or Safety Net? Can Robots Help Older Adults to Live Happier, Healthier Lives? You Bet!

When I first saw the movie “Her”, about a man who falls in love with an intelligent computer operating system, I knew the world of human relationships was going through a fascinating social transformation. The bizarre thing was that as I watched the movie, I started to understand and appreciate the positive aspects of having “someone” care about you – even if they were not real. Read More

6 Major Areas of Life Affected by Retirement and Aging
7 months ago

6 Major Areas of Life Affected by Retirement and Aging

Why is it that people are reluctant to plan for retirement? The average person spends more time planning an overseas holiday than they do retirement.

Is it because the word retirement conjures up images of growing old and dying? Or do we minimize the importance of planning because we perceive retirement as an eternal holiday? Read More

How Do You Really Feel About Your Age?
7 months ago

How Do You Really Feel About Your Age?

In the summer months, they crowd the waiting area where I get my hair trimmed. They are filled with laughter and secrets and a great deal of joy.

When I see them, I know immediately that they are either bachelorettes out for a day of primping and camaraderie or they’re getting ready for a wedding that’s about to happen. Read More

Women Over 60 Have the Power to Help Create a New Narrative About Aging… Here’s How
7 months ago

Women Over 60 Have the Power to Help Create a New Narrative About Aging… Here’s How

By  •  Mindset

When I was young, one of my mother’s favorite television programs was I Love Lucy. In this sitcom, actress Lucille Ball played the role of a scheming housewife who often used tears to soften her husband when he confronted her ‘childish’ behaviors. Not surprisingly, my own mother behaved in similar ways. Read More

5 Unexpected Gifts that Come from Being a Lifelong Learner
8 months ago

5 Unexpected Gifts that Come from Being a Lifelong Learner

My college degree was not what I thought it would be. It didn’t prepare me for life. But what it gave me was this: it taught me how to learn. It made me a lifelong student. Read More

How Does Being 60 Feel Different Than Being 50?
8 months ago

How Does Being 60 Feel Different Than Being 50?

By  •  Mindset

I remember being disappointed when I turned 50. I felt like Oprah had let me down. I wasn’t coming into my own body the way all the magazines said I would, the way I was ‘supposed’ to. Read More