Resilience and the ‘Age’ Advantage

Two of my neighbors have lost their spouses or partners within the past five years. At least three members in my community have battled cancer, and one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Several of us in my community have experienced age-related injuries. In spite of these challenges and losses, I live in a very upbeat neighborhood. For the most part, people in my community “keep on keeping on.” One of my widowed neighbors, a man in his eighties, remarried recently and is still enjoying his life to the fullest. Another neighbor fought breast cancer for a year but continued…

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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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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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Getting Older Doesn’t Have to Suck Swamp Gas if You Practice Gratitude

Some people may think that getting older is like sucking swamp gas. Have you heard people say things like, “Getting older sucks,” or “I don’t like to see myself on camera because I look so old!”  For many of us, getting older is an adjustment – both psychologically and physically. At some point, we are confronted with the reality that we’re not going to be “forever young” no matter how much we may want to believe it. The good news is that there is something very simple we can do to support positive aging and potentially support a longer life…

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