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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!

4 Real Qualities That Can Make Us Beautiful in Our Own Aged Eyes
8 months ago

4 Real Qualities That Can Make Us Beautiful in Our Own Aged Eyes

There was no time for a blow dryer. For the past few weeks, my hair has been in braids anyway.

The hours of sorting, packing and otherwise running errands for my upcoming move from Ashland to Austin left me, most days, in desperate need of a hot, soapy shower. My look had definitely morphed to Grandma Clampett, sans the shotgun. Read More

Observations from an 89-Year-Old Woman on How to Fully Engage with Life
8 months ago

Observations from an 89-Year-Old Woman on How to Fully Engage with Life

By  •  Mindset

I’ve made the decision to lovingly engage with everything that has life. By ‘life’ I refer to everything that lives, grows and dies. By engage, I mean to validate, to respect, to study, to experience, to question. Read More

Looking at 60 with Fresh Eyes: Is This Really the Age of Change and Opportunity?
9 months ago

Looking at 60 with Fresh Eyes: Is This Really the Age of Change and Opportunity?

By  •  Mindset

While on break from my classes, I took advantage of a free flu shot offered through the college where I teach. When I popped into the small conference room crammed with colleagues and nervous laughter, a young 20-something woman handed me a form that I completed and returned. Read More

4 Reasons for Bloating During Menopause and What You Can Do to Find Relief
9 months ago

4 Reasons for Bloating During Menopause and What You Can Do to Find Relief

Bloating is prompted by indigestion or gas in the stomach and is most often associated with a protruding stomach. Women may also say their faces show signs of being bloated or use the term bloated feet.  Read More

60 and the Seasons of Life
9 months ago

60 and the Seasons of Life

There have been many articles, quotes and poems written about the seasons of life. Beginning with spring through summer, into autumn and finally winter, the comparisons can be a plethora of ideas regarding change through time. Read More

Are You Old Enough to Know Better?
9 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?
10 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”
10 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
10 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!
10 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