Thoughts on Aging: Red Hat or Grumpy Old Bitch?

Something happened to me when I turned 40 – I started thinking about death, as well as getting old – which isn’t too hard when your bones ache and your vision gets worse overnight! It’s been a bit of a spin-out thinking about this stuff, but it is what it is – I’m only going to get older and die at some point after all....more
I've decided that I'm going to be like Betty White when I get older. I want to be that sassy old ...more

Women of a Certain Age-Do We Disappear?

The first time I heard the point of view that women disappear after a certain age I was in my late 20’s.  I thought it sounded shocking, Am I going to disappear in my 40’s? I asked myself. Now I’m in my late 40’s and when a young man in his 20’s gives me a woo-hoo, I’m not sure if it’s sarcasm or if I should be flattered.  But then I remind myself, it really doesn’t matter....more
@pauline Yes, I agree on the inspirational women you mention. "Youth and beauty slip away" as a ...more

New study shows even simple activities delay or fend off age-related cognitive diseases in seniors

You don't need to play chess every day to fend off dementia - though it helps.A new study from Rush University Medical Center found that seniors (mean age of 81 in this study) who engage in mentally stimulating activities had a higher "structural integrity" in their brains. These activities including things as simple as attending a play, reading a newspaper, writing letters or visiting a library.  ...more

Do Not Fear Of Getting Older

By: Stan Popovich Some people are afraid what may happen as they get older. Some worry about their health and others wonder about other things that might happen. There is nothing wrong as we age if you look at the positive side of things. Here is a list on how to manage the fear and anxiety of getting older. The first step in not getting stressed as you get older is to get some exercise and eat a lot of healthy foods. Before exercising, you should talk to your doctor to make sure you do not hurt yourself....more

She Lives Alone

Some deep rumble, louder than a regular car engine, woke me before six this morning. I opened my eyes to see the reflection of flashing red lights from outside on my bedroom ceiling. Thinking it was a police car going up the street I got to my feet and put on my glasses to look outside. Surprised to find the engine rumble coming from the front of my unit, I went down to the living room to peer out at all the flashing lights. The EMT’s were removing a gurney from the back of an ambulance. Firemen without uniforms were following the EMT’s to a unit outside of my vision range....more

It Could Never Happen To Me

 I’d like to believe I’m beyond this kind of thinking. But I’m not. When it comes to certain situations, I’m stupefied to discover that I am not exempt. For example, I never thoughtthat I could miss a plane. Recently, I learned otherwise. My shock was profound; my identity challenged. Twice I howled, “Nooooo!” in slow motion, just like in the movies.I never thought I’d succumb to the treacherous vortex of collective social interaction commonly known as Facebook....more
Great List!  I never thought I would live in a place known as the winter city.more

Getting older? Me?

Turning forty was no big deal. Heck, I went to college for the first time in my mid-forties.Age 50 was a snap (which, unfortunately, my knees starting doing in my fifties).But as I started my sixtieth year, my body started to rebel.High blood pressure that I could not control by diet and exercise meant a medication.Then I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Enter more medication....more

Turning 50 Series; 8 Pieces of Advice I Would Give My 20 Year-Old Self

By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor...more
@Barbara Younger Hey there, Barbara! Great idea. We'll have have any number of the sweet ...more

Do You Struggle to Gain Perspective?

We all have moments of doubt and fear. Doubts about whether or not we are on the right path. Fears that we aren’t doing enough – for our children, for ourselves, for our communities, for our families. I’m not ready to discuss every reason why yet, but this year has forever changed what I complain about, fear, and doubt. It’s unbelievable what I, and most people, take for granted. But, it is even more unbelievable how many things change when you gain a new perspective. Sometimes this is a good thing, but sometimes it gets confusing....more
It's funny I had no problem turning 30 but this year I turn 35. And it has raised a little bit ...more

The New Seventeen

Sunday, October 21, 2012A Whole New Seventeen ...more