Positive aging involves informed choices. This blog often offers research-based insights, experiences, and guest opinions.

Listen More to Live Your Best Life

Today, I remembered to Listen! Before it got too hot, I took a brisk walk around a local pond and then up a hill. At first, I didn’t pay much attention to anything at first, but then I focused on the natural symphony all around me. I noticed the sound of ducks splashing in the water, the whirl of insect swarms near patches of blackberries, the crunch of dried grass under my feet, and the rapid tapping of a woodpecker near an oak grove. To enjoy all that was around me, I had to intentionally focus outward so that I…

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Living Life with Purpose in the 7th Stage

Each spring I plant three or four tomato plants. I eagerly wait until about early July and then I start picking fresh, ripe fruit. What joy!  At the end of the season, I pull up all my old, baron plants and start preparing for another season. I planted three tomato plants this year. Each plant produced fresh, attractive, and fleshy fruit. When I started harvesting, I noticed that I had several other plants in my garden that were also producing a variety of tomatoes. These ‘volunteer’ plants as some call them came from some of last year’s tomatoes that I…

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Keeping Up with Technology as We Age is Essential

I love what neuroscientist Danial Leviton shared about how we often gain wisdom as we age—we have more experiences, we have the ability to make more associations in our thinking, we can recognize patterns, and get better at using analogies. However, our ability to quickly learn and retain new information might not be as easy as we age. Nonetheless, because we are living in a rapidly evolving technology-dependent environment, we have to patiently learn what we need to know. I am not afraid of technology. I started teaching online in 1998 and continued to teach some of my courses online…

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Inspiration for Positive Aging: Sharing Our Stories

  On May 15, 2019, I published our first monthly Boomer Best U Newsletter. My purpose in doing so was to provide information and encouragement for those who wanted to live their best lives beyond fifty. When launching this project, I decided to include a regular feature story about an individual who was an example of positive aging. I just completed my seventeenth feature story for the August 15th issue of our newsletter. The feedback we’ve received about these stories has suggested that they have encouraged and inspired others. After interviewing women and men from a wide range of backgrounds…

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Pioneers in a New Era of Aging

I was walking the dog when I ran into Jan this morning as she was finishing her usual, hour-long walk. Jan is probably in her early to mid-eighties. Like many of my other neighbors, she walks each morning to stay healthy. As I headed out the door after breakfast for a hike, I thought about Jan and all the people I know who are redefining aging on their own terms. Instead of listening to what the media tells us about who we should be or who we are at fifty, sixty, seventy, or beyond, we have the power to show…

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Celebrating Life as an Empowered Older Woman

I couldn’t resist a good road trip this morning—rubber soles to the concrete – a glorious 4 ½ mile victory jog up a hill and down the highway. I’ve slowed down over the years, but I love the feeling of freedom I get when I can cover some ground and get outside in the fresh air. Often people wave when I’m out and about on one of my jogs. I wave back; I live in a very friendly community.  Today, as is occasionally the case, someone waved and give me a “thumbs up” when they saw me jogging down the…

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Standing Tall for Better Health as an Elder Woman

A few weeks ago, I happened to get a glance at my slouching posture in front of a full-length mirror. My body looked a lot older than I felt. I immediately stood up straight with my chin parallel to the floor, my spine neutral, and my abdominal muscles “braced.”  It was easy for me to see that when I adjusted my posture, I looked more energetic and fit than when I stood with a slouching posture. As we age, it is not uncommon to develop poor posture from loss of muscle tone, spending too much time in front of the…

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Defining Ourselves in an Ageist Culture

As I subscribe to the PBS Encore.org notifications, I received information about an opportunity to submit a response to The American Portrait experience questions: (1) Does age or life stage define you? And (2) How are you using this time in your life to create a better future? I found that defining myself as an older person in an ageist culture was complicated.Age and Life Stage: Do They Define Us? My initial response to the first question was that neither age nor stage defines me. But the more I thought about it, the more nuanced my response became.  I am…

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COVID-19: Communicating Safety Expectations

I live in a rural county with a little over 111,000 people. Just over 26% of our population is over sixty-five. I’m one of those older county residents.  I know that regardless of how healthy I am, my age puts me at greater risk for serious COVID complications. My husband, who has some underlying health issues, is at an even greater risk. I try to be very careful when I am around other people. I wear a mask when shopping, and I social distance when I interact with other people. I do this not only for my benefit and the…

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Common Experiences & Unique Perspectives

The Common Experience of Being Invisible A Pew Research survey found that women in our culture are primarily appreciated because of their appearance. Men, however, are more commonly valued for other attributes such as character. Once women reach their fifties, our appearance can start changing fairly quickly. Once we lose our youthful looks, we may start feeling invisible. Men may also start feeling invisible after fifty, though it is generally women who tend to talk about this experience. About two years ago, I wrote To Be or Not to Be Invisible After Sixty for an online site called Sixty and Me.…

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