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Old Age

The Hat Peeking Over the Steering Wheel

Ana McGinley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Fifty
Ana McGinley

My father's story will sound familiar to many people. Naturally should he be an obvious risk to other drivers -- and to himself -- removing his license would be essential. But this is not the case. As with many older people in the early stages of chronic illnesses, like dementia, the disease progress slowly destroys skills and abilities.

My Body Makes My Brain Look Like an Idiot

Dan Duffy | Posted 06.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

I'm getting older. I hurt more. I creak more. My ankles sound like they're each having their own personal fireworks display every single morning when ...

Till Death Do Us Part

Ana McGinley | Posted 05.29.2015 | Fifty
Ana McGinley

While little can be done to lighten or remove the feelings of loss and sadness at seeing a life partner suffering due to illness, we can help to ease the daily burden of care by encouraging older couples to accept the services available to them.

110-Year-Old's Secret To A Long Life Will Have You Buzzing

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 05.27.2015 | Fifty

"A beer a day keeps the doctor away." OK, so that's not the real quote. But if it were, it should be attributed to Mark Behrends who turned 110 las...

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.

Being 25 and Dealing With a Mother Who's a Stroke Victim

Patrice Bendig | Posted 05.07.2015 | Women
Patrice Bendig

Unpredictable. That sums up what I have learned from the decade long experience of being the daughter of a multiple stroke and heart attack survivor.

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 06.16.2015 | 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.

Forgiving Bad, Old Men

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 06.08.2015 | Crime
Trisha de Borchgrave

In this way those of us who bump up against the challenge of all-out forgiveness could learn to let go while leaving those proponents of pain mentally behind. And maybe then we can forget, and, therefore, forgive; not exactly a proof-back guarantee that a future generation will escape the memories of trauma, but close.

Nothin' but a Number

Todd Lombardo | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Todd Lombardo

Age seemed different for our parents. They appeared older, sooner, settling into the middle of their story without worrying about what it looked like on Facebook. At least from the perspective of a 12-year-old, whose biggest concern at the time was the fate of Marty McFly.

Is Divorce the Best Option for Older Americans?

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.16.2015 | Divorce
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

As modern aging has come to be defined by living longer with chronic care needs, and providing long-term care has shifted to the public sector, with two thirds of long term care services paid for by Medicaid, loving spouses may be forced to divorce. The future of elder care may depend on it.

Aging Population

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

The keys to achieving the so-called golden years are clear: access to health care and a livable income. But we have to do more to assure that our growing elderly population enjoys a dignified and secure old age.

Old Pets Die Soon and Other Aging Myths

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 03.14.2015 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Don't assume your senior pet is going to die soon or falsely conclude your veterinarian cannot help your older pet. Your veterinarian has the knowledge and skills to help you and your pet through this illness.

Why I Love Birthdays

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

My son turns 21 this Saturday, and I think that he's really happy that he'll be able to go to a bar this Friday night at 12:01 (when it's officially Saturday) and order his first alcoholic beverage legally with his real ID. But I am going to be happier.

The Wall

Steven Crandell | Posted 02.02.2015 | Business
Steven Crandell

Sunrise is the most beautiful part of the day. First light. Don't matter if there are colors like a picture postcard or it's gray as water in a greasy sink. The darkness still fades. The light begins. Makes you feel alive like nothing else.

Retirement Isn't for You

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

The one thing I know for sure is that retirement isn't for me. Old age isn't for me. Being an old lady isn't for me. Because unless my life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.

There May Be No Such Thing As A 'Longevity Gene'

Reuters | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - How do some people live past 110 years old? Is it superior genes, clean living, good luck or some ...

What Happens When We All Live to Be 100?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 01.05.2015 | Fifty
Malcolm Boyd

What would happen if everyone lived to be 100? More and more people are raising that question. Of course, it raises a number of other related questions -- all about retirement, jobs, health, even including death.

Amanda Gutterman

Why We Need To Start Talking About Death Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books

Whether you call it “assisted suicide” or “death with dignity,” stories about people choosing to die on their own terms have been making the n...

Confronting Loss: FDR Versus Dr. Eziekiel J. Emanuel

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

I am a highly engaged 76 year-old man, and extremely proud of it! But then according to Dr. Emanuel, I'm just an "outlier." I'm among the small numbers of "senior citizens" who are still creative well into old age.

Should Life End At 75?

Renee Fisher | Posted 12.13.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Both society and pharmaceutical companies promote the idea of seniors living healthily and happily until some moment in the distant future, when they will vanish in some kind of pain-free poof, most likely while salsa dancing on a Caribbean cruise ship. But the reality is a bit different.

75 and Out?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 12.06.2014 | Fifty
Richard W. Kropf

As he puts it: "...death is a loss... but...living too long is also a loss." It's a question of which we prefer, a shorter more vibrant life, or a longer one in which we eventually will have to cope with the challenge of a slow decline.

Fellow Law Students, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Resist the tide. Leave law school not as an attorney, but rather as a human being who happens to be an attorney.

Over The Hill And Away We Go

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 11.08.2014 | Fifty
Marcia Kester Doyle

I don't like the mornings I wake up feeling like Rip Van Winkle, a time when the world has passed me by and I've suddenly gone out of style. Thirty ye...

50th Reunion First Rule: Just Admit You Don't Recognize Most of Your Old Pals

Martha Nelson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

I've never attended a school reunion in my life. Not high school, college, or graduate school. Never. But the 50th Oswego High School (NY) reunion was irresistible to me. I asked myself, "If not now, when?" And so I booked the hotel, rental car, and flight, and took off for Lake Ontario.