“Taking #15 even further--when they automatically give you the discount! Also, I have talked to scores of people who are offended when they get their AARP card, in the mail and trash it immediately!
When I had my first eye exam after turning 40, my optometrist said that my eyes had really changed since my last visit. Then she looked at my chart and said "Oooohhhh. That's why." I wanted to say "You just wait! You will be over 40 someday too!" But I kept quiet so my eyes wouldn't bulge out for my exam.”
ThatIsJustGreat on Jul 27, 2013 at 09:01:02
“I am kicking myself now that I didn't immediately get that AARP card the minute I qualified for it. Could have saved and invested a tidy sum of money. I always appreciate when a clerk suggests I might qualify for their senior discount. Why literally throw money away? It's silly to choose what is tatamount to pride over reality. We age, we know we age and that means things like eyesight can change and a whole host of other things due to, especially for women, chemical and hormonal changes in the body. Why fight it? Why be insulted by the inevitable? Work with it to get the best health care we can and choose joy. I'm fortunate, both my family doctor, optometrist and ob/gyn are all older than me. I still want an older person's experience and wisdom. I got pretty much the same as you did from my optometrist. I'd been expecting it because bifocals for older women run in my my family.”
mafiawarrob on Jul 27, 2013 at 08:44:08
“That is to funny, i remember when i got my first AARP card in the mail, i was like wtf, im not old.LOL. my kids thought it was real funny and my best friend started calling me old timer.”
“Way to go, Regina! What a great story, one that we can all relate to. Most of us just quit going to our reunions out of fear. You have conquered that and more! You showed that taking small steps can lead to big progress, and are such an inspiration. I'm looking forward to reading about your triathlon success as well!”
“Thanks for the great information, Ellen! Your articles are always packed with such good recommendations, and so thorough! I am expecting results from a comprehensive blood panel tomorrow, and will be asking my holistic healthcare provider about my calcium and vitamin D needs for sure.”
Ellen Dolgen on Jul 11, 2013 at 10:16:59
“Thanks for your sweet words, Susan. If you have any questions at all - you know where to find me!! I am always here for support!”
“Great advice, Barbara! I love being at the age when I don't obsess over my size, or what anyone else thinks of me. I am self-confident, I have energy and creativity, and I am living life with more zest than ever before! I must agree with Sally--don't forget the chocolate! True beauty comes from within. You bring out the best in us!”
Barbara Hannah Grufferma on Apr 18, 2012 at 13:35:30
“Dear Susan . . . not a day goes by when I don't pop a piece of organic dark chocolate in my mouth (and kale, too!!).
Thanks for reading and commenting,
“BJ, thank you for posting this story. Yes, it is NEVER too late! I love having stories like this one to share with my community, to show them that they can do anything they want, at any age. And way to go, Ruth! Going back to school later in life scares the pants off most people. Bravo for having the courage and enthusiasm to pursue your dreams!”
hp blogger BJ Gallagher on Mar 23, 2012 at 15:50:15
“I agree. And going to MED school later in life must be really daunting! My hat is off to Ruth ... and her therapist, Cathy Conheim, who helped her see that she COULD achieve her dream profession.”
“I have often wondered if Paula will have a heart attack right on the set. She must have some seriously clogged arteries along with her diabetes. Most people know better than to follow her cooking tips--I change the channel when her show comes on. Hopefully her new healthier take on life will influence some of her fans. Thanks, Barbara, for a great article!”
Jan 3, 2011 at 17:06:27
“Thanks, Barbara, for sharing such excellent advice! I've spent the day trying to de-clutter my office for starters. Next challenge--to simplify!”
JulieMorgenstrn on Jan 3, 2011 at 23:53:42
“Hi Susan- Barbara was so kind to post this article. Please keep us posted on your progress-(and feel free to upload before and/or after pix! ) Keep up the good work--the freedom and energy you feel when you complete the job is quite extraordinary!”
Nov 17, 2010 at 19:11:02
“I have another DON'T for getting sleep--DON'T buy a memory-foam mattress! Three years ago, we spent a fortune on a king-sized Tempur-pedic mattress. Not long afterward, I began having more severe night sweats. I would wake up in the night feeling like my bed was on fire, and would have to move over just to get out of the place that my body had heated up. The high-tech foam, meant to conform to your body with your gentle body heat, was acting like an insulating pad, and I often wondered if it would melt with me in it! Now that I am past that stage, I am sleeping more comfortably. But I would have purchased a different type of mattress had I known what I was in for.”
Sep 3, 2010 at 19:12:10
What a fascinating story! I visited Israel 10 years ago, and long to return. Like you, I am living my best life after 50, healthier than ever, with huge goals and great expectations. A year ago, I created a website for women, FlourishOver50.com, and hope to inspire women to live abundantly, because life really does begin again at 50!
I will be sharing your story with my readers. How interesting to know how our girlfriends live in other parts of the world!
Thanks for all you do to make our lives after 50 so rich and rewarding.”
hp blogger Barbara Hannah Grufferman on Sep 4, 2010 at 06:50:05
“Thank you for sharing my post with your viewers. Your website sounds great, and I'll recommend it on Facebook. All the best, and let's keep doing what we're doing!!!”