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Old Age

Why I Love Birthdays

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 12.10.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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.

Every woman as Moribund

Carole Ganim | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

When I was a new retiree, I wrote about creating a life in context. By this I meant that I had to consider my life in a new way, as a person retired, a person formerly someone.

Adultism: A Condition That Afflicts Those of a Certain Age

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 09.20.2014 | Fifty
Sybil Adelman Sage

My 30-year-old son thinks I don't notice that he cringes and distances himself from me when my behavior embarrasses him.

Larry Storch: Still a Stand-Up Guy

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 08.25.2014 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

Something wonderful is happening tomorrow (or Thursday the 26th, if tomorrow isn't Thursday where you are). Larry Storch is performing comedy in New York.

Why Time Seems To Speed Up As We Get Older

iDoneThis Blog | Janet Choi | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

One unnerving aspect of getting older is how life seems to start speeding up. Feeling that whoosh as time rushes past you can be disheartening as you ...

Dare to Be 100: How vs. Why

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

I have just escaped from an intense three-day scientific meeting here in Santa Barbara arranged by the Glenn Foundation on Aging Research. It is a hig...

My Father Knew It First

Rachel Joyce | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

I do not want to see her bleed, or to watch my father cry over her. I do not want to acknowledge that the same raw strength I see in him is the same raw strength that has been called forth generation after generation, in the letting-go moments.

When Does Old Age REALLY Start? New Study Has Answer

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 05.21.2014 | Fifty

Not too long ago a study revealed that most people define old age as 68. What a difference a few years make. This week a new study found that old age...

Studies Find 'Young Blood' Reverses Effects Of Aging In Mice

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 05.05.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — If Mickey Mouse is feeling his age at 86, scientists may have found just the tonic: the blood of younger mice. Older mice got stron...

Only Connect

Richard Abrons | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

Nothing is more satisfying than connecting, truly connecting, with another soul or group of souls. Mostly, however, we skim the surface, maintain our poise, do not penetrate or reveal.

Here's Scientific Proof That Life Gets Better As You Get Older

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living

In the game of life, is it all downhill as young adulthood turns into maturity? Our culture of youth obsession and celebration of the college years an...

Aging Is the Biggest Story of All

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty
Malcolm Boyd

Happiness itself, like sunbeams in the morning or sea waves at the shore, is elusive. We can't grab hold of it, lock it up, and save it for a rainy day. But in the process of aging there are certain things we can clearly do.

A Grandpa's Guide to Internet Fame

Oren Mendez | Posted 05.14.2014 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

Many people ask me how, at age 78, I managed to accumulate such internet popularity. The web is a young people's game, they say. But I beg to differ. When you're my age, becoming a viral sensation is easy.

7 Cultures Where 'Old' Isn't A Bad Word

Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living

Aging isn't just a biological process -- it's also very much a cultural one. Different cultures have different attitudes and practices around agin...