How to Keep Retirement from Aging You

My 81-year-old Aunt Ginny has a theory. As soon as you admit you’re old (for her, that means getting a knee replacement and moving out of her two-level townhouse), that’s when you actually become old. While her implementation of that theory may be a bit extreme, I think she really does have a point, particularly…

Understanding Seasonal Depression

Seniors are not immune to spells of depression, especially around the holidays when thoughts of the dearly departed, the past or physical limitations may cause them to be down. This seasonal depression isn’t something that should be ignored or dismissed — seniors should not have to suffer in silence. Below are some of the signs…

Living with a Roommate Has No Age Limits!

After I left home at 18, I had roommates for the next 22 years of my life. For some reason, a roommate is stereotyped as someone who is young and living life on a shoestring. Personally, I’ve never been a slave to stereotypes and I gladly let people live in my spare room until I…

Recently, I stumbled upon two cards. One was from my father’s mother, dated 1983, the year she was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The “Thank You” card (Granny was always a stickler for sending them), although not in her handwriting, obviously contained her words: “Your visit meant so much to me. It really brightened my day.”…

You Are Never Too Old to Date! You probably thought you’d never have to do this again, but here you are getting gussied up—with palms sweating and heart racing—to meet a stranger and share a meal or some music. In case you’ve forgotten the rules while you’ve been out of the game, here’s a quick…

More than half of adults older than 65 are considered inactive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is unfortunate, because staying physically active decreases risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. For seniors, physical activity also lowers the likelihood that they will experience a bone fracture or osteoporosis. Often, older…

Some of us have been coloring our hair for as long as we can remember. Maybe it started with fun frosting in our 20s and progressed to an all-over color to hide those random gray hairs that snuck in around your temples. Then when the gray took over, maybe we softened the color so it…

When your kids started having kids, the rules of parenting suddenly changed. The children who were spanked if they talked back and spent every Saturday dusting and vacuuming started raising kids who spoke their minds frequently—without consequence—and had way too many activities to actually pitch in on household chores. How do we explain this sea…

technology

When today’s seniors were growing up, all they really knew about technology was what they saw at the World’s Fair and that box in their neighbor’s living room that they watched endlessly with their friends. Then years later, that television introduced them to The Jetsons and they saw the future, but they never imagined they’d…

gardening-health-benefits

It’s that time of year again when the budding flowers and cool, dewy mornings beckon you to come out and play in the dirt. While your kids may have encouraged you to find less physically demanding ways to spend your time lately, the fact of the matter is that, if you take the right precautions…

1 2 3 11