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Old Age

Preparing For Death Without Brooding At Age 92

Harry Mark Petrakis | Posted 06.09.2016 | Fifty
Harry Mark Petrakis

At my present age of 92, the afflictions of aging assail me like the onslaught of an army bent on my destruction. Each week seems to bring a new, unwelcome impairment. My chest rents space to a pacemaker, and I have several stents in my arteries.

Why I'll Take My Wrinkles Over Plastic Surgery Any Day

Leslie Handler | Posted 06.04.2016 | Fifty
Leslie Handler

I don't think this is a bad thing. I believe that if you've always had a big nose and hated being taunted for it, there was nothing wrong with having it adjusted to make you feel better about yourself. If you have "Obama" ears, and they bother you, get them fixed, and if you have wrinkles, and you don't like looking old, get a face lift.

Twitterverse's 'Getting Old In 4 Words' Is Hilariously Accurate

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.02.2016 | Fifty

Getting older "ain't for sissies," as Bette Davis once said -- and it apparently isn't always very pretty. The hashtag #GettingOldIn4Words has been tr...

What The United States Should Copy From Cuba

Robyn Stone | Posted 05.18.2016 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

When you visit Cuba you notice one thing right away: Older people are everywhere you look. Older people seem to be everywhere because they are welcomed everywhere. Unlike citizens in other Western countries, Cubans make it clear that their elders are an integral part of cultural and social life.

The 5 Best States To Grow Old In America

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.09.2016 | Fifty

As we get older, it's important to pick a place to live that will suit our unique needs as we age -- and not just offer sunny beaches. Caring.com, an...

Life With an Aging Dog

Maria Burnham | Posted 05.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Burnham

My Boston Terrier, Ma'amie, is 14.5 years old. If you know about dogs, then you know that this is actually quite old for a Boston Terrier. Up until a year ago, it was difficult to guess her age. Yes, she went prematurely grey, but she's been an athlete her whole life, and her passion for the tennis ball fueled her energy.

Listening to An Aging Parent

Susan Fishman | Posted 04.28.2016 | Fifty
Susan Fishman

Sometimes I think when we exchange those little glances and giggles about our dear old loved ones -- even when they show us glimpses of brilliance -- the joke is really on us. Maybe when we reach the age of "old," in between the crazy babbling and the far-off stares, we know exactly what we're doing, and what we're teaching.

Bonded by Touch (Football)

Joe Seldner | Posted 04.28.2016 | Fifty
Joe Seldner

Recently, a local touch football game produced the following: a sprained knee, a twisted ankle, and a busted finger. Nothing unusual about that perha...

5 Hot Books: Michael Kinsley on Old Age, a New Barbra Streisand Biography, and More

The National Book Review | Posted 04.26.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: Here are five books people are talking about this week -- or should be: 1. Old Age...

White Women Suffered Biggest Drop In Life Expectancy In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living

Five months ago, a report made waves with the finding that middle-aged white Americans are dying earlier, and at markedly higher rates -- a demographi...

Should An 87-Year-Old Still Be Driving?

Tamar Abrams | Posted 03.28.2016 | Fifty
Tamar Abrams

Acts of bravery can be large or small, and sometimes so infinitesimal that they pass without notice. I want to share one of those small moments that occurred without fanfare but entailed the same courage that most such brave actions do.

Sex Might Help Keep Old People Sharp

Science of Us | Posted 03.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

By Jesse Singal There are lots of reasons to think sex is good for you. As one U.K. National Health Service webpage explains, studies suggest that se...

Ten Signs Your Getting Old Before 30

Jade Priscilla | Posted 02.22.2016 | Women
Jade Priscilla

1.Being asked by a six year old if you had a television in the olden days 2. Sitting with a mirror and tweezers and pulling 1000000 strands of grey f...

Our Youth Is to Keep or Surrender As We Choose

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 02.17.2016 | Healthy Living
The University of Central Florida Forum

For decades I have enjoyed the hobby of bird watching and while far from expert, the activity has given me cause to travel, read, learn and enjoy the company of similarly inclined individuals. It has encouraged a youthful outlook in so many ways.

Why I'm So Preoccupied With Turning 65

Nancy Roman | Posted 02.17.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

For one thing, I always thought it would be a relief to be old, and no longer concerned about my appearance. Not true. I care. I want to always care. How I look on the outside impacts how I feel about myself.

The Very Best Part Of Growing Old

Lori Day | Posted 02.16.2016 | Fifty
Lori Day

Sometimes I feel smarter than I was 30-something years ago. I don't remember how to do Algebra or how to diagram a sentence, but I can read several newspaper articles about seemingly disparate issues and immediately see how they are connected.

Will the LGBT Community Be Able to Retire?

David Rae | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

While the LGBT community is benefiting from increasing financial prosperity and legal recognition, many economic challenges hit us harder than they do for straight citizens.

Are We Really Able to Paint With Light Itself?

Adam James Butcher | Posted 12.17.2015 | Arts
Adam James Butcher

It was no coincidence that the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Why was this so significant for me as a painter you might ask?

5 Hot Books: Simon Winchester on the Pacific Ocean, Oliver Sachs on Gratitude, and a Fun History of Jewelry

The National Book Review | Posted 12.15.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Winchester is an eloquent tour guide with capacious interests, ranging from the rise of North Korea and concerns about the Great Barrier Reef to Steve Job and Gidget.

Who's Too Old For Major Health Treatment?

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.14.2015 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) -- Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the way home fr...

The True Age When Middle Age Ends

Renee Fisher | Posted 11.21.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

It wasn't until Boomers appeared on the planet that the concept of old age began to be threatened. Boomers, in an effort to eliminate old age completely, invented Spanx, cosmetic surgery, Viagra, and the belief that they looked 10 years younger than they really were.

This Is The Age That Middle Age Actually Ends

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.16.2015 | Fifty

People in your 40s and 50s -- you can stop calling yourself "old" now. With rising life expectancies, middle age ends a lot later than you might have ...

Saying Goodbye to a Great Voice

Caroline Roy | Posted 11.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Caroline Roy

There is hardly anything more grounding than arranging a funeral for someone we love. It is a keen reminder of how personal, historic and universal fa...

5 Ways Your Body Actually Improves With Age

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.04.2015 | Fifty

There are so many negative stereotypes related to getting older -- "the middle-age sag," or being "over the hill." It's easy to buy into the myth that...

Old Age Is a Strange Enigma

Honey Seltzer | Posted 09.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Honey Seltzer

OLD AGE IS A STRANGE ENIGMA I'm finding old age so complicated. On one hand my calendar constantly reminds me that I am now 85 years old. It's tha...