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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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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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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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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Dreams Deferred: Why Not Now?

Too Old? Karen loved learning when she was younger. She earned a bachelor’s degree and applied her knowledge as she worked her way up to an executive leadership position in a large corporation. Now she is retired and regrets not having gone to graduate school before starting her career. When asked why she didn’t go back to school now, she says, “I’m too old!” Chris is still working but needs to hang onto his job for another three years before he can leave his current employer. He feels like the proverbial “cog in the wheel” and wishes he had followed…

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Memory Changes, Aging, and Lifestyle

If you can’t remember a familiar word, if you can’t remember where you put your glasses, or if you can’t remember what you were looking for when you entered another room, it doesn’t mean you’re developing dementia. Yet many of us fear that any change in how our minds function could be a sign of a major problem. In the National Poll on Healthy Aging involving adults from 50 to 64, nearly half felt they were likely to develop dementia as they age. However, research suggests that the majority of us will not develop significant cognitive impairment. What’s Normal? It…

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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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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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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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