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Growing Older

No Crocodile Tears

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

A piece of advice. Do not try too hard to outlive your teeth.

5 Spectacular Ways You're Failing At Midlife

Valerie Albarda | Posted 05.22.2015 | Fifty
Valerie Albarda

Look at you -- you've made it to midlife. Now is the time to revel in the fruits of your labor, celebrate each glorious day and make this life one for the record books. Before you move too fast, heed the warning signs that tell you if you're failing spectacularly at midlife.

Vote On What Should Replace Those Dreadful 'Elderly Crossing' Signs

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty

Ever since they were introduced in 1981, those "Elderly People Crossing" road signs in the U.K. that depict a hunched-over couple have gotten on peopl...

The Moment I Knew I Was an Adult

Teresa Lee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Teresa Lee

Ultimately, I think being an adult isn't any one age or any one thing. It doesn't mean that you don't lean on other people when you fall. It just means that you count on yourself first and foremost and don't expect anyone else to clean up your mess for you.

Understanding Medicare's Enrollment Rules

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.28.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The strict rules and timetables for Medicare enrollment can be confusing to many new retirees, so you're wise to plan ahead. Here's a simplified rundown of what to know. First, a quick review.

How Unexpected Reminders Can Change Your Life

Nancy Lang | Posted 04.30.2015 | Divorce
Nancy Lang

Reality bites sometimes, yes. It can derail our dreams and aspirations, but whatever it is that drives us will not and cannot be ignored. We cannot lose faith that it is possible to get back on track with love and with life.

Beautiful Video Perfectly Describes Why Time Goes By Faster As We Get Older

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.23.2015 | Fifty

From the years of our youth, we're just waiting for time to pass. As children, we wait for the school bell, which signals freedom from the classroom. ...

The Big Surprise About Turning 64

Nancy Sommers | Posted 04.20.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Sommers

Life is mysterious in these ways; one day we are impossibly young, imagining a future for ourselves full of exclamation points; the next day, we are in our 60s, having observed that life is more filled with question marks.

Why I'm Unsubscribing From Ageism in the Gay Community

David Vaughn | Posted 04.18.2015 | Gay Voices
David Vaughn

Almost every time I go out in the gayborhood, I experience some form of ageism. Age shouldn't matter -- because it doesn't. It's the 21st century, and the only things truly dated about us are our idealisms.

Where Will You Be While Time Is Flying?

Bernadette Noll | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Bernadette Noll

My own mom, she-who-raised-nine-children, turned 90 this month. When you say 90 is sounds like a lot. But when you say 9 x 10 years it doesn't really ...

This Is My 39

Galit Breen | Posted 04.16.2015 | Women
Galit Breen

Thirty-nine is seeing 16-year-olds and thinking they look way too young to drive and seeing 50-year-olds and thinking they're stunning. It's knowing loss, and finding sparkle in the everyday. It's not necessarily worrying what others think of me and my choices.

60, Not 50, Is The New Middle Age, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.16.2015 | Fifty

Dreading the big 5-0? Fear not. A new study says that 60 -- not 50 -- is the new middle-aged. Researchers from the International Institute for Appl...

Hillary Is In -- And Her Age Is No Disqualifier

Paul H. Irving | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Paul H. Irving

Americans deserve to know about a presidential prospect's health, and questions about experience and integrity are, of course, legitimate areas of inquiry. But to imply that Hillary -- or any candidate -- should be discounted based on advancing age goes too far. Age is an asset; it's no disqualifier.

Getting The Most Out Of Life At Age 92

Babette Hughes | Posted 04.16.2015 | Fifty
Babette Hughes

Ask anyone if they'd like to go back to their youth and most will emphatically say no -- some will actually shudder. And no wonder. It's a time of career worries, relationship worries, money worries, kid worries. A time with no idea of who we are or even what we want in life.

Seeing The Glass As Half Full At Age 88

Richard Abrons | Posted 04.10.2015 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

There is a general principle to growing older. It gets worse. You want to live a long life. Good, but you can't avoid issues. Take my lunch group. Bert has had a stroke; David is legally blind; Mickey uses a walker; Justin is leaning ever more precariously; my joints are aching.

It Goes So Fast (Not A Parenting Essay)

The Mid | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
The Mid

Somehow, while I have been watching my babies grow up into little people and now young adults, I wasn't paying as much attention to myself. I didn't have time to blow my hair dry, much less realize how all those days were adding up to so much of my life, so fast.

Fight Aging With This 12-Step Nightly Routine

Jacqueline Whitmore | Posted 05.24.2015 | Fifty
Jacqueline Whitmore

While I was at the car wash the other day, I noticed a sign on the wall that read, 'Thursday is Seniors Day: Seniors 50 and over get $4 off any wash.' Even though I turned 50 last October, I still don't think of myself as a senior.

How I REALLY Feel About Growing Older

Jane Gross | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty
Jane Gross

Soon we'll be a year older, and then another and another on the inexorable march from young to old to dead. If we no longer have a job and want one, our business card may say "consultant,'' this generation's euphemism for unemployed.

Playing the Waiting Game

Alex Madda | Posted 05.09.2015 | College
Alex Madda

We only have one life to live. And though waiting may take up a great deal of it, we hope and pray the waiting will reap its benefits. We'll just have to throw the dice and pray for the best. We'll never know otherwise.

When Good Eyes Go Bad

Michelle Combs | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Michelle Combs

Age is just a number. Tell that to my eyes. I can embrace the aging process all I want, but I'm never going to be okay with the way my eyes have been betraying me.

5 Technology Choices That Make You Look Old

Jan Golden | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Jan Golden

I don't consider myself an early adopter to technology. I've never camped outside Best Buy and I only upgrade my phone when Verizon tells me it's time. However, I am interested in new ways of doing things, especially if they save me time and money. I like to keep at a moderate pace with technology.

The Taboo That Still Surrounds The Aging Woman

Skylar Liberty Rose | Posted 04.26.2015 | Fifty
Skylar Liberty Rose

Nobody tells the carefree 25-year-old female that in another 25 years she'll be invisible. In Western cultures women of a certain age are not revered. They are subjected to the swipe of a metaphorical hand that casts them aside and signifies to them that they have all but expired.

Why It's High Time To Rename The 'Senior Discount'

Perry Block | Posted 04.22.2015 | Fifty
Perry Block

Not long ago, the local Super Fresh Market began providing discounts on Tuesdays to a particular class of shoppers. You know who I mean. It is that class of shoppers commonly referred to by a particular word that I strongly dislike and in fact eschew.

A Life 'Reexamined' and Worth Living

Steve Majors | Posted 04.15.2015 | Fifty
Steve Majors

Today, the lights flicker on rarely. My father-in-law has been moved into a long-term care unit for people with advanced dementia. Now instead of talking about what life taught him, he is asking us what his life meant.

Passages

Tricia McCallum | Posted 04.05.2015 | Books
Tricia McCallum

This story is included in Tricia McCallum's first book of poetry: Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered .