Challenges & Unexpected Growth Opportunities

I'll admit, I've become accustomed to my routines, even ones that didn't make sense. In some ways; I had become like the proverbial hamster running around on the wheel.  Yes, I'm technically 'retired' from being on the treadmill of working full-time, but I still enjoy and need a certain amount of structure, as do all of us.  Sometimes I need a few unexpected challenges to pay attention to the small stuff and make appropriate corrections. I think such challenges also offer new growth opportunities --not a bad thing. No Time to Ignore a Flood When I got our water bill…

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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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Prepared to Live Into Your 90’s and Beyond?

You may have read that Olivia de Havilland just passed on at the age of 104. While living over 100 is still unusual, the number of people who live to 100 or more in the United States has increased from 53,000 in 2010 to a projected 92,000 in 2020. And the aging population trend is not going to slow down anytime soon. By 2060, the number of people in the U.S. who live to at least 100 is expected to be about 600,000. The Social Security Administration projects that if we make it to 65, then we have a little…

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Poetry as a Powerful Art Form to Help Reframe Aging

Research has been clear, embracing a positive view of aging can improve our quality of life and even extend our lifespan. Yet we are constantly being bombarded with anti-aging and other negative messages about getting older. A Kaiser Health News article suggests that one way we can counter negative views related to getting older is by seeking encouraging images of living our best lives as we age. One powerful and inspirational way to fill our lives with positive images of aging is through the arts. Art can move us in ways that no other form of communication can accomplish. Healthy…

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My New and Better Life Outside the Box

We found our ‘forever’ puppy seven years ago. He was the last of a litter. When we first saw him, he was living in a 4 x 6 wooden box with a smaller box inside for sleeping. He was eager to play with us as long as he could stay inside his box. But when we took him outside for a taste of real freedom and an opportunity to explore the world around him, he froze. As confining as it was, his box was all he knew. Once we took him home, it took time for him to recognize that…

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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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Promoting a Message of Competence

Because older individuals are often stereotyped as frail, feeble, and incompetent, it should be no surprise that thieves and other thugs might believe that neighborhoods, where a lot of older people live, should be good targets. I live in such a neighborhood where many of us are older. This morning at 4:00 a.m., a would-be thief brazenly opened my neighbor's gate and walked into the side door to his garage. The light in the garage was on because my neighbor was already up working on a project. My neighbor saw the intruder and chased him on foot down the street…

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Positive Aging Role Models are Easy to Find

 One of my goals for Boomer Best U is to promote positive aging. What better way to do this than to find examples of people who are living their best lives after fifty? Feature Articles in the Monthly Newsletter Today I sent out my 10th monthly Boomer Best U newsletter. In addition to typical newsletter content like announcements or short informational pieces, I include a feature article about someone who embraces positive aging. When I write the feature stories, I either conduct a face-to-face interview or send questions by email. Then I develop a draft of the story that I…

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Effects of Positive and Negative Attitudes about Aging

Various studies have pointed to the importance of having a positive attitude about aging. Individuals who see older people in a positive light and see their own aging process as positive overall are more likely to age well.I recently read an interesting journal article that other researchers have cited literally hundreds of times. The author, Dr. Becca Levy is a professor of Public Health at Yale University. She has won numerous awards for her work on aging and was invited to give testimony before the U.S. Senate on the effects of ageism. Several of the articles I have read about…

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Choosing to Be a Positive Aging Advocate

I am no longer used to getting up in the dark. This morning I got up before 6:00 a.m. to attend a Chamber of Commerce meeting. Technically, I am not currently operating a business per se, even though I own a registered business entity. Instead, I consider myself a positive aging advocate. Nonetheless, I think of the business owners at Chamber as part of my audience for the work I am doing. Originally, I focused just on Baby Boomers who were either preparing for retirement or who wanted more out of their retirement life. I became a certified professional retirement…

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