Fake News We Can Refuse to Share

Last week, I posted some information about a “fake news” study that wanted boomer participants. Because of my training as a researcher and debate coach, I felt as though I was fairly good at detecting phony stories. However, I do know that I can always learn more. In the past few days, I have become increasingly more aware of the range of questionable news that is really saturating social media. What is Fake News and How Much is Reposted? Cambridge online dictionary defines “fake” news as “false stories that appear to be news, spread on the internet or using other…

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Hidden Treasure: What We Carry with Us

I recently read a 2017 qualitative study that involved 1849 women over the age of fifty who shared their views on aging. One of the findings that stood out for me was that all of the participants claimed they “still felt young on the inside and often experienced shock when they looked in the mirror and saw the reflection of an older woman.” At the same time, many of these women expressed frustration because their “intelligence, experience, and wisdom gained from [their] vast experience was no longer a valued commodity by corporate America or by the young.” Others expressed the…

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How to Make Your Future Self Happy

Many of our more youthful behaviors may have had long term consequences we didn’t consider. We may have worked too many stressful hours, put off saving, ate too much junk food, drank too much, and ignored medical advice. At one time, we may have felt as though we were invincible. But now some of us might be paying the price for the years we may have lived with reckless abandon. If only we could go back in time and tell our younger selves to be a bit more kind to the older version of ourselves. Know What You Need to…

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Seeking Advocates and Activists for Positive Aging

About four years ago, I read Ashton Applewhite’s This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. That’s about the time I became keenly aware of how ageism was affecting my life and the lives of others around me.Ageism or discriminatory or stereotypical treatment based on age has been linked to various health issues including depression, stress, and heart problems. It has also been associated with a shorter lifespan. In addition, it is estimated that ageist treatment costs Americans and an additional $63 billion per year in health costs. None of us should tolerate ageist treatment. (To read more about the effects…

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Elder Force: Our Power by The Numbers

We have a great deal of power, but we face a huge threat that collectively we must address! Those of us who are fifty or over represent over one-third of the population in the United States. In some communities, the percentage of those fifty and over is much higher.  When it comes to our influence at the polls, our portion of the pie is even greater. Overall, we are healthier and living longer than any generation before us. We also control the majority of household wealth in the United States. Collectively, we represent a very powerful demographic with a lot…

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Countering Loneliness with Intention

A Pew Research study suggests that the older we get, the more likely it is that we’ll spend an increasing amount of our time alone.  A March 19, 2019, Time Magazine article reported that one in three seniors are at greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, and depression because of loneliness. Not surprisingly, holidays can be particularly hard for seniors who feel isolated or are widowed. One Widow’s Strategy for Countering Loneliness During Holidays My eighty-something neighbor, Sally, has been a widow for several years. Unlike some other people who struggle with holidays because of loneliness, my neighbor looks forward…

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We Can Practice Maintaining a Positive Attitude

Yesterday, I was paying for some groceries when the check-out associate asked me how my day was going. I responded the way I do almost every time someone asks me that question. “Every day is a good day.”  An older man standing behind me said, “Well, if you are on this side of the dirt, then it probably is a good day." In the bigger scheme of things, I think the man was right.Having a positive outlook has been associated with overall life satisfaction, health, and even longevity. The good news is that various reports suggest anyone can develop a…

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Baby Boomers and Fake News: A Challenge

Oregon has passed a ban on the use of plastic sacks in stores. Further, stores are now required to charge five cents per paper bag for customers who choose not to bring their own bags. I often bring reusable bags to the store when buying groceries. Today, however, I needed a paper sack for my weekly recycling. When I asked to purchase a paper bag, the grocery clerk grumbled about the sack tax and said that the reason we had to pay it was to shore up the Public Employment Retirement System (PERS).  I didn’t have the opportunity to ask…

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Healthspan vs. Lifespan: Choose Wisely

Iconic actress Betty White celebrated her 98th birthday in January. Her advice for staying happy and healthy? “Enjoy life.” She said we also need to “accentuate the positive, not the negative.”White’s advice is consistent with what research on aging is reporting. Our attitude can profoundly affect how we age and even how long we live. Studies suggest that having the right attitude about aging can increase our lifespan by as much as 11-15%.Yesterday, Hollywood great, Kirk Douglas, died at the age of 103. Douglas stared in numerous movies including “Spartacus” and “Lust for Life.”  Even though he suffered a stroke…

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