Humor Can Help Us Cope During Challenging Times

Without question, COVID-19 is a severe crisis that has affected millions of lives. And we have no shortage of news that updates us on the most recent, grim statistics. But from time to time, we need a little break. Sometimes humor- even during the darkest of times—is precisely what we need. COVID-10: A Psyche in Overdrive While Sheltering in Place By Cindy Eastman Ever heard of the COVID-10?  I just heard that phrase this morning from my friend I was walking with - she said she’s suffering from the COVID-10 that many of her other friends are experiencing.  She was…

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Rediscover Your True Self, Then Visualize

As the director of a research laboratory, Nancy had a great deal of responsibility. She also had a rich network of colleagues with whom she regularly interacted. However, once she reached her mid-fifties, she began wondering what her life would be like once her career was no longer the centerpiece of her waking hours. She’d still have activities to keep her busy and friends to visit, but she could not envision a future that would give her the same sense of purpose and meaning her professional life had given her. Don worked in the insurance industry for most of his…

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Seize the Day: Live Without Regrets

I like to have goals and plans in place for each day and the years ahead. At the same time, I recognize how important it is to be flexible and adjust to ever-changing circumstances. To seize each day to the fullest, I have to stay both motivated and focused—especially during the uncertainty of a global pandemic. I have plenty of friends who are still working in organizations and businesses that have provided them with opportunities to complete work from home. After ending my formal teaching career, I no longer have others’ expectations governing how I use much of my day.…

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It’s Not Too Late: Create Your Own Small Business

Have you always dreamed of starting a new business but life got in the way? Are you wondering if you are now too old to start the business you’ve always dreamed about? If so, it might be time to stop dreaming and start considering how to make your dreams a reality. The good news is that “people over 55 are twice as likely to launch successful new companies like those in the 20-34 age group.” Jeff Haden reported on Inc.com that findings from a study involving 2.7 million new businesses indicate that a “sixty-year-old founder is three times as likely…

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The Force of Resilience During Uncertain Times

By the time most of us reach our fifties, sixties, and beyond, we’ve learned a lot about dealing with uncertainty—the uncertainty that comes with facing challenges, struggles, and losses. For example, up to 50% of us have experienced divorces. We’ve had to deal with the uncertainty of ending much that was familiar and then starting a new life. Those of us who have experienced a divorce understand that involves loss and a significant transition, regardless of the reason behind it. Nonetheless, we move forward, often stronger and wiser. In 2019 there were an estimated 1,762,450 cancer diagnoses and 606,880 related…

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Inhaling Each Moment, Appreciating Life

  Life has changed. In part, my life has changed because of the pandemic that has affected all of our lives. The larger changes I have made began about 15 months ago when I left a stressful work environment that demanded most of my day-to-day energy; when I wasn’t working, I was living on automatic pilot. Now I’m inhaling each moment with a new appreciation for living. I do have a schedule—one that I create for myself. I have also given myself deadlines for the work projects that I control. I write a monthly article for an online magazine, I…

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Aging in Place: Are you Prepared?

A recent report suggests that 56% of older adults plan to stay in their current homes as they age. This same report reveals that only 10% of those who plan to stay in their homes have started making any appropriate modifications to prepare for aging in place. Retirement expert Sara Zeff Geber advises older adults to make important modifications before they are actually needed. New Realities as We Age I get it –none of us wants to think about increased physical limitations, but that is one of the realities of aging. It’s not necessarily a bad thing; it’s just a…

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Small Adaptations, Unimaginable Sacrifices & Hope

Small Adaptations Because of the potential to spread Covid-19, most all of us in my area have been encouraged to maintain social distance recommendations and to stay at home. I leave the house to pick up prescriptions for my husband, to get outdoor exercise, to walk the dog and greet neighbors who are out and about, and to do grocery shopping. I miss getting together with friends and going out to Saturday breakfast with my husband. However, I’ve stayed in contact with people using social media and video. I’ve attended meetings and have even enjoyed happy hour with a couple…

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Discovering Our Better Selves

Other than taking appropriate precautions and trying to plan ahead to the best of our abilities, there is little most of us can do about a global pandemic and an economic crash. However, we can do small things to maintain our own well-being and the well-being of others around us. We don’t have to let current news overwhelm us. We can stay current without drowning in it. It helps to know how we can protect ourselves and what we can expect. However, it doesn’t do much good to tune into the same news throughout the day; instead, it can instill…

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Using Zoom to Stay in Contact During Covid19

I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch tomorrow. We’ve canceled our meeting but will have a virtual happy hour late tomorrow afternoon. For those of us over fifty, we are well aware that we are at higher risk for complications from Covid-19. We need to protect ourselves from social interaction, yet we also need to stay connected with others for our own well-being, if not for business reasons. Free and Easy to Use with Lots of Great Features If you are not already using the Zoom app to stay in contact, I strongly suggest you consider taking about…

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