Resilience is Key for Positive Aging

Less than two weeks ago, I was able to enjoy morning walks wearing sleeveless tank tops. Most afternoons, I could still wear shorts while working in the yard or taking hikes. Early last week, we had our first frost and have had several frosty mornings since then. As much as I wanted to continue basking in the early autumn sun, that season is quickly coming to an end. This morning, I adapted to the cooler weather by wearing a sweatshirt, a heavy coat, and winter gloves. I even put the dog’s coat on him before taking our walk. It felt…

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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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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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Adjusting to Change and Developing Resilience as We Age

When we were children, we had to adjust to a variety of classroom environments, new rules, and new restrictions on our personal freedom. As young adults, we had to adjust to the realities of working for a living. Many of us also had to adjust to living with one or more people at some point in our lives. We’ve all spent a lifetime of adjusting to change.Adjusting to life after 50 is no different in many respects. From our own life experience, we know that sometimes adjustments are frustrating and we don’t want to deal with them.I’ll confess that after…

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