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Taking Back My Culture

New Harbinger | Posted 03.07.2012 | Latino Voices
New Harbinger

The power of our culture can be turned inward and used against us or it can be used to build strong families and communities.

Be Happier: Five Surprising Resolutions From The Wisest Americans

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 03.05.2012 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

Yes, it's that time of year again. We're all seeing the lists of resolutions in the press and on various blogs. But I recall reading that only a tiny fraction of New Year's resolutions are ever acted upon. So I decided to review the data we gathered from more than 1,200 elders in the Legacy Project, who shared their lessons for living for future generations. Based on the surveys and interviews, here are resolutions in five areas of life that are worth a try in the new year. These suggestions from the oldest Americans may serve you better than the typical ones we make (and break) each year.

WATCH: Heartwarming Story, Iraqi Woman Becomes Artist At 75

Posted 12.13.2011 | Arts

It is hard to make it today as an artist no matter what. As an Iraqi woman growing up amidst war, poverty and oppression, Haji Khanem had many additio...

Ten Life Lessons From The Wisest Americans

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 02.06.2012 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

In contemporary society, we don't often ask our elders for advice. We're much more likely to talk to professionals, read books by pop psychologists or motivational speakers, or surf the internet for solutions to our problems. This is a serious mistake.

Elders Meet Occupiers: 20th And 21st-Century Movements Connect

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

A delegation from the Council of Elders (veteran leaders of the freedom and peace movements of the mid-20th century) recently led an interfaith service at Zuccotti Park. Hundreds of OWS activists took part.

How A Group Of Teenagers Helped Reduce Suicide In Alaska

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 08.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Alaska Dispatch News

A region long battered by some of the nation's highest suicide rates has some welcome good news -- a drop in deaths credited in part to teenage students.

Where Have All The Wise Men Gone?

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 11.10.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

In modern life, instead of people growing "older and wiser," people can simply grow older and older. People can live longer and longer without becoming any wiser for it.

Environmental Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

Bill McKibben | Posted 08.23.2011 | Green
Bill McKibben

We want you to consider doing something hard: coming to Washington in the hottest and stickiest weeks of the summer and engaging in civil disobedience that will likely get you arrested.

Adopt a Native Elder: When the Spirit Moves You...

Jay Tavare | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jay Tavare

More than 2,500 people from all over the world volunteer their time, expertise and love to raise money for one of the poorest demographics in America.

If Mickey Rooney Is An Elder Abuse Victim, Who's Next?

Mark Lachs, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Lachs, M.D.

We've pigeonholed elder abuse as an aging issue -- but it's not. It's a huge issue for all of us who care about the older people in our lives. And it's an issue for anyone hoping to enjoy well-being in old age.

Can We Really Take Old Age One Day At A Time?

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

As long as I can remember, people have been telling me to relax, enjoy the moment, smell the roses and just take it easy -- to live life one day at a time.

Age: What Do YOU See?

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

We can easily end up spending the last half of our lives wrestling with the paradox of "How old I am isn't how old I feel!" I believe this internal conversation about "How old I am" versus "How old I feel" serves a purpose.

7 Reasons Why Sex Is Better After 60

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

But I think it's more than just the pills and the lubricants that make sex in our second half such a wonderful activity. Our Elders have finally figured it out--and they're having the best sex of their lives.

N.O.P.E.: National Organization of Pissed Off Elders

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

I want to create a new organization to stamp out stupidity and indifference and restore common decency and goodwill into society. I think I'll call it the National Organization of Pissed-Off Elders (N.O.P.E.).

Ageism 2009

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

At a time when we need family and community solidarity more than ever, we are witnessing a growing wave of age-based debate and controversy.

Listen Up, Young'uns

Ann Medlock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ann Medlock

If McCain doesn't stop being a poster boy for senile dementia, I may start dissing seniors myself. And I am one. Sheesh!