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Into the Tunnel We Go: Life and Death in the Boomer World

(18) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:23 PM

This is the first of a four-part series on death, and life, and decisions we face going forward into our final 20 or so years. As Baby Boomers we have led the way all of our lives. Now we will lead each other to the end of our days, like...

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Knee Replacement Recovery: Get Ready for the 3 'Powerful P' Experiences

(3) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 3:43 PM

The evening after knee replacement surgery, I was startled to see the size of my right leg. Having been sliced and diced, stitched and stapled, it was seemed as if I had gained ten pounds, all in that leg. Swollen beyond recognition and riddled with pain from the bone to...

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To Knee or Not to Knee: Three Things to Consider Before You Say, 'I Want a Knee Replacement'

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 4:32 PM

For twelve years I walked with constant pain. A victim of osteoarthritis, my right knee was bone-on-bone at the joint. The mitigating cartilage had disappeared over time.

I remember what started it all: The skiing accident at 16, and a year later, the high jump competition where I took...

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You Never Know Until You're There

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Aunt Florence seemed to love her whole life.

Nearly all of it was spent in her home, literally. I suppose today we'd label her an agoraphobic. I don't know. I think she simply loved her life just as it was inside her house, taking care of her kids, sitting...

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5 Essentials for Making Your Hospital Stay Bearable and Your Frustrations in Check

(3) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 1:06 PM

Boomers will discover quickly that the days of Marcus Welby, M.D., and Young Dr. Kildare are long gone when they go to the hospital in the 21st Century.

As with all things related to change, the new normal in hospitalization is not necessarily bad; it's just very different from the...

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The Real Currency of Boomers: Spend It All Before You Die

(4) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 3:53 AM

We have some money, and then we don't. We have saved enough to live reasonably in retirement, and then we haven't. Not much to do about that now.

The bigger question is: How do we want to live our lives the next 20 years?

That question...

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Memo to Marissa Mayer

(5) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 5:17 PM

Today's news commentators are on fire with your "having it all" now that you are Yahoo's new CEO and a mother-to-be. Truly, I wish you well.

At the same time, I know for certain that you cannot have it all. My reasoning is simple: The CEO position will take your...

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Bring On The Marigold Hotel: Three Tickets to an Exotic Life at Any Age

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 6:00 PM

I'll never get to India now. The sheer length of the trip makes my knees swell at the very idea of the plane ride. Besides, the change of water and food would undoubtedly find me holed up in a hotel somewhere in the depths of Jodhpur trying to settle down...

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The Yin and Yang of Life in The 55+ Active Lifestyle Community: Five Paths to Happiness

(15) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Not in my wildest nightmare had I imagined myself living in a 55-Plus Active Lifestyle community. Nada, no way, are you crazy?

My whole life I rejected suburban living, selecting instead a city life with neighborhoods that reflected interesting architecture, entertainment and services, walking distance access to shops and neighbors...

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The Gates to Coot-hood Are Open: Three Ways to Tell if You're On Your Way Through

(8) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 5:55 PM

I blew right through the door to coot-hood today.

How do I know? For the first time in my life, I wore my at-home soft flannel pants (really pajama bottoms) into the supermarket to pick up a few things. No kidding.

I've never even entertained the thought of doing...

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Death of an Address Book, or New Life for Stale Bread

(15) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 1:21 PM

The rubber band around my bulging address book snapped in two, stinging my hand as I tried to stretch it around the book's girth.

The spine of the old book had separated, ripping apart from the weight of particularly poignant cards and notes from family and friends I had...

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Retirement RX: No Shortcuts and Whole Cashews Only

(8) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 5:28 PM

I thought of my Aunt Geneva today as I chopped onions, minced garlic and sliced shitake and baby portabella mushrooms to complement tonight's grilled beef tips.

I thought of her because while she was careful with money, she never skimped on good food. She was the kind of woman...

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Retirement's 'Golden Trinity': Health, Lifestyle, Budget

(3) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 12:45 PM

I have no desire to live with my children. Neither do most of my boomer pals.

Having spent our adult years roaming the country as standard-bearers of the new mobile society -- changing jobs, buying three or four homes over the years, choosing the weather as the basis for putting...

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Third Act, Encore Years or Just Life?

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 2:33 PM

Jane Fonda says we're in our third act. AARP writes about our encore years.

I'm not having any of it.

I think we're just aging and doing what we always did: reinventing ourselves to meet life where we find it. We stood in college quads in 1967 yelling, "Hell,...

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