Aging has its fair share of problems. Lots of adults complain about pain, boredom, and not being able to do the things they used to as they age. What's more, everybody has to experience pretty much the same things as they age as well. But every now and then, you'll hear the phrase, "aging with grace". Most elderly people would like to, but the a good chunk of older folks fight the process. Eventually, many elderly find themselves in nursing homes and the like, to be supervised 24/7 by nurses and nursing assistants for their health. Most hate it....more
What do I miss besides my youthful glow, my grown-up children, and that phrase “you have your whole life ahead of you”? A lot of things actually. Like writing a blog every day. Or being able to eat spicy food. Sometimes I even miss little things about owning a house - mostly the ability to do what I want with the outside decor each season or on holidays, wreaths, pumpkins, flowers, even answering the door to trick-or-treaters....more
Parents age. While there are times when parents outlive their children, most people will find themselves in a position where they have to plan for their parents' futures. There are numerous ways that you can help protect your aging parent – many you may not have considered.1. Overlook Their Estate PlanningNo one wants to think about their death, and this has led to many people dying without even giving estate planning a thought. An estate plan doesn’t need to be complex – although it can be when high-value estates are involved....more
We give youth everything. We give them looks. We give them brains. We give them energy. We give them political power.And then we sit aside and envy. Oh. If we were young, we'd be beautiful and so brilliant, incandescent in our energy and defining in our politics. If we were young, we would change the world....more
Menopause is a time of transition, both for those who are going through these hormonal changes themselves as well as for their sexual partner(s). But is it still possible to have great sex after menopause? Yes. Yes, it is. Here’s how!...more
Everywhere you turn in the beauty isles of Walmart are signs and advertisements for “anti-aging” creams, and wrinkle reducing makeup. As I take a look in the mirror at my slowly (but surely) forming creases from years of laughs and tears, I wonder why they are thought to be a bad thing. Why is it that we are told to reduce our wrinkles, and fight the inevitable aging process....more
I recently shared with a friend that I felt irrelevant.
What led to that conclusion was a year of tremendous upheaval. I left my university teaching job, sold my home, moved away from my community and friends, and sent my twins to college 14 hours away. All of the roles I had assumed for years -- mother, teacher, colleague, friend -- seemed to fall away, leaving... what?
Goddesses never age, says women’s role model and pseudo-mentor Dr. Christiane Northrup. Well, I'm just going to blurt this out. Goddesses do age.Dr. Northrup prides herself on her ability to grow older without subscribing to the status-quo negative thinking about the golden years of life. And that’s awesome. But I’m walking the fine line between beliefs and reality. Although I’m all for a Goddess-mentality, some days working the program feels tricky. ...more