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Old Age

"Cheap Funeral and Good Party": An Amazing Final Gift

Tom Gerdy | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Tom Gerdy

Although we still had some hope, we knew the end was getting close as she penned her final messages to us. The first was "Go get beer and pizza on me." The second was "I was lucky to have all of you." As we got ready to leave the hospital, my mother gave us her last gift.

How Old Are You, Really?

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

Whatever you call it -- your soul, your heart, or your Buddha nature -- I believe it's the essence of our true selves, that place of clarity, kindness, and purity that never changes.

To Be Loved Like a Dog

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 03.31.2013 | Women
Sarah Hodgson

As a dog trainer, I've spent the last quarter of a century training dogs and influencing their people. As a wife and mom with two young kids, I'm doing pretty much the same thing.

Are We Getting Dumber With Age?

Deborah Gaines | Posted 03.16.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

If you're like me, you've already experienced some of the difficulties associated with aging: weird moles, sagging everything, the death of people you love. I've been comforted by the fact that, any day now, I will wake up bathed in the glow of wisdom that is supposed to be the payoff for all this crap. Instead, I seem to be getting dumber.

My Dog and I Are Growing Old Together and Things Are Getting a Little 'Ruff'

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Fred Lundgren

Fred and I have spent almost every day together since he was weaned by his mother. At the Lundgren home, we are known as "Big Fred" and "Little Fred," but we both come to attention whenever my wife calls our name.

At Last, Some Films That Acknowledge That People Get Old

Christina Patterson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Arts
Christina Patterson

Yes, people do get old, though you wouldn't normally know it from films. But at the moment, if you choose carefully, you might.

In Praise of McGovern, Prairie Sage

Marc E. Agronin | Posted 02.27.2013 | Fifty
Marc E. Agronin

When he passed away at the age of 90 on October 21st of this year, McGovern was eloquently praised by individuals from across the political spectrum.

An Exciting New Career After 75

Bill Persky | Posted 02.11.2013 | Comedy
Bill Persky

Just when you thought you were ready to retire, you're actually entering a new line of work The Maintenance Business.

Why I Like The Obituary Page

Richard Abrons | Posted 02.07.2013 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

If you could read only two pages of The New York Times, which would you choose? I would choose the front page and the obituary page. When I come home from a trip, I dash through the papers and scan those two pages. I have to know who, among my friends and acquaintances, kicked the bucket.

Defeating Death

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.06.2013 | Science
Michael Shammas

The idea sounds crazy at first -- preposterous, even. But increasingly, more and more scientists are viewing death as less of an inevitability, as something that science can and will tackle.

One Way To Insure You Won't Outlive Your Money

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.27.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

What can you tell me about longevity annuities? I come from a family with long life expectancies and I would like to protect myself from running out of money in my old age.

One Ring

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 01.15.2013 | Fifty
Lawrence D. Elliott

The story of what happened the night the family returned home from the hospital after Grandpa Joe's death is quite amazing.

Sex, Naps and Wine -- The Key to Longevity?

Felice Shapiro | Posted 12.31.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Imagine living in a place that seems more like fantasy than reality....

Meet 92-Year-Old Beekeeper Stan Brown

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

Stan Brown of Cumberland, Maine, is nearly 93 years old, one of America's oldest registered beekeepers.

Over 90: Alive and Kicking

Marcia Barhydt | Posted 09.18.2012 | Fifty
Marcia Barhydt

The kind young woman asked my mom if she wanted to talk about dying. When my mother replied no, the young woman asked, "Doesn't it worry you when you think about dying?" My mother replied, "No, I just don't think about it."

Dialogue with Time -- An Exhibition about the Art of Ageing

Andreas Heinecke | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Andreas Heinecke

Dialogue in the Dark is my brainchild. It's a simple concept: the blind leading the sighted ones in the dark.

Summer Fun for Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Ensuring that your loved one with memory loss participates in as many summer activities as possible is a wonderful way to enrich the lives of everyone involved. Try some of these tips to keep your loved one secure and engaged in all of your summer fun.

Outsourcing The Old Folks

Marc Freedman | Posted 09.01.2012 | Fifty
Marc Freedman

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a new film set in India, hangs its plot on the notion of "outsourcing" the elderly.

Helping Those With Memory Loss Have a Successful Dining Experience

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

For individuals with memory loss, mealtimes provide social engagement, sensory stimulation and enjoyment, and can add structure and routine to their day. However, mealtimes can also present some challenges for caregivers, especially as their loved ones' memory loss progresses.

How Old is 'Old'?

Posted 05.03.2012 | Fifty

If age is indeed a number, where do Americans draw the line between middle-aged and elderly? To people age 45 and younger, the line of demarcation...

WATCH: Table Tennis Ace, 101, Draws Researchers' Attention

7.30 | Posted 04.19.2012 | Fifty

Dorothy Delow certainly hasn't let age slow her down, venturing to Mongolia at age 97 to compete internationally in the World Veterans Games at table ...

Age Discrimination: Do Not Close Your Eyes

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

It is incumbent upon us as individuals and as a society to work diligently towards a day when we see a person before us who has lived a long life and we no longer patronize them, disrespect them or dismiss them.

In Sickness and in Health: A Vow for a Lifetime

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.01.2012 | Good News
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

We all long for a love that will last -- one that will withstand the times when we are sick or weak, when we hope that the memory of all that we were can trump the reality of who become.

When Are We Old?

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.25.2012 | Fifty
Alan Elsner

The advent of another birthday recently prompted me to ask myself: At what age does a person stop getting older and actually become old? In other words, when does old age begin?

Write A Letter Or Send An E-mail?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

In addition to e-mails, sit down and write a few long, detailed, personal, honest letters expressing your ideas and feelings. Write them in longhand, if you still know how to do that.