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A Process Of Stimulating Alzheimer's Patients That's 'Nothing Short of Magic'

Marc Middleton | Posted 10.17.2014 | Fifty
Marc Middleton

The process of trying to creatively stimulate a group of residents at Serenades Memory Care Assisted Living is called poetry facilitation. But to many, it's nothing short of magic.

Conquering Kili With Love

Marc Middleton | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

Yes, it was beautiful, but we weren't here to look. We were here to climb, and through that prism, it was a huge, foreboding, snow-covered monolith that seemed impossible to reach let alone climb and summit.

A Now-Open Letter to My Daughters

Marc Middleton | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents
Marc Middleton

You are both amazing young women. You are able to chase different dreams while not, in any way, losing touch with who you are and what you believe in. That's not easy to do at any age. I can't begin to tell you how comforting it is to know that you have and will always have one another.

The Baby Boomers Commencement Address

Marc Middleton | Posted 07.26.2012 | Fifty
Marc Middleton

In a very real way, we're all graduates of the school of life and we all have the opportunity to continue to grow and contribute. So here's my commencement address for all of us approaching or inhabiting middle age and wondering what's next?

Is Betty White's New Show Ageist?

Marc Middleton | Posted 03.19.2012 | Fifty
Marc Middleton

Off Their Rockers is described as a hidden camera-style show in which old folks prank young people. I was hopeful it would be something new, clever and exciting that shined a positive comedic light on aging. I was sadly disappointed.

What Post50 Women Really Want to See on TV

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Growing up in 1960s Brooklyn, TV watching was simple and predictable: Friday nights found us watching The Addams Family (accompanied by Swanson TV Din...

Growing Bolder: How to Be Attractive to Lovers, Friends and Employers

Marc Middleton | Posted 01.23.2012 | Fifty
Marc Middleton

It's supposed to be the best time of our lives. For many, it's become the worst. There are now more single, unemployed and lonely men and women over the age of 50 than ever before.

Facebook Moms Growing in Influence

Marc Middleton | Posted 01.07.2012 | Technology
Marc Middleton

The new most powerful voting block in America will soon be called Facebook Moms. Facebook Moms will replace Mama Grizzlies, who replaced NASCAR Dads, who replaced Soccer Moms.

Growing Bolder: How Old Are You?

Marc Middleton | Posted 10.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

When someone says, "But I don't feel 50," it implies that 50 is supposed to feel bad. We believe that because we've been programmed to believe it for decades. We have the power to redefine what it means to grow old.

Growing Bolder: A Cancer Survival Story Unlike Any Other

Marc Middleton | Posted 08.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

Susan has battled and beaten three very serious cancers. They are battles that began decades ago with one of the darkest chapters in U.S. drug history.

Growing Bolder: Wanting to Want

Marc Middleton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

Telling the world (or telling anyone) about your goal too soon delivers an instant ego boost that can actually derail the process before it even gets started.

Growing Bolder: Stalking the Boomer Consumer

Marc Middleton | Posted 06.05.2011 | Media
Marc Middleton

If you are trying to market to Baby Boomers as a whole, you are destined for failure. Baby Boomers are not a whole. They are a highly diverse and highly fragmented group.

Growing Bolder: Like Me, Only Better

Marc Middleton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

Don't think you're alone. You're not. There is a community of people just like you. Find it, join it and seek out those who are successfully doing what you want to do. Find out why they're like you, only better.

A Case for Public Broadcasting: No Dysfunctional Fame Whores

Marc Middleton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marc Middleton

Public television provides an opportunity for programs that aspire to something more than a train wreck the chance to find an audience. It's an incubator of sorts for shows with actual redeeming social value.

Growing Bolder: A Deadline Unlike Any Other

Marc Middleton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

Documentary filmmaker Tim Gray knows all about deadlines. But he's now working against the most imposing, most important, deadline of his career. The men and women whose stories he tells are dying at the rate of 1,000 a day.

When Advertisers Embrace The Beauty Of Age

Marc Middleton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

Only great storytelling has the potential to appeal to all viewers regardless of age, gender, race, religion or geography. Only great storytelling transcends all demographic bounds.

The Magic Word That Can Slow The Passage Of Time

Marc Middleton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

My current favorite word is "mindful." Like many profound life skills, being mindful is profoundly easy. It is simply a matter of turning off the autopilot that we all run on.

Why "Facebook Moms" Will Become the Soccer Moms of 2012

Marc Middleton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Middleton

Why will 2012 be the year of the Facebook Mom? Because there are lots of them and they know how to leverage social media in ways Soccer Moms and NASCAR Dads didn't.

Jack LaLanne Showed Us How To Live Long And Die Fast

Marc Middleton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

Simply stated, compressed morbidity is "live long and die fast." It should be a major life goal for everyone. So how does one get it? The only thing that nearly all researchers agree upon is that vigorous exercise is the key.

Growing Bolder: What Was Under Your Tree?

Marc Middleton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

Amazingly, most "experts" still subscribe to the outdated and outright ridiculous belief that all 50-plus consumers are poor, overly frugal, highly technophobic and averse to switching brands.

Growing Bolder: Hef is No Longer Smashing Stereotypes -- He's Become One

Marc Middleton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

Hanging out with younger people is a great way to stay young yourself. There is power in most intergenerational relationships. But Hef's relationships have gone from laudable to laughable.

Growing Bolder in 2011: It's Not About Age. It's About Attitude.

Marc Middleton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

The stereotypes of ageism -- propagated by the mainstream media are embedded in our national psyche -- make many of us dread what can be the best days of our lives.