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Old Age

Over The Hill And Away We Go

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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...

Why Are Most Latinos Not Prepared for Retirement?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 03.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Yes, we sure like to work. It's unfortunate, then, that so many Hispanics who reach old age have nothing to show for it.

Dear Me on My Deathbed

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Bino A. Realuyo

There are some of us who, because of our cultural backgrounds, are expected to walk certain paths even if we cast nary a shadow there. And we continue walking on these life paths even if we don't see the light.

'Getting Old Sucks!'

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.12.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Jim Taylor

My father has only been truly old, as defined by his health and functioning, for perhaps five years, yet he was young and vigorous for decades before that. It takes time for perception to catch up with reality, but I'm not sure it ever does.

Old Age: What's the Secret?

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Weinstein

You're getting older, and so am I. When you accept a troublesome fact, you're that much closer to being at peace with it. And that's something worth celebrating.

Women of a Certain Age

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

An examination of life looking back from a mature age is at the center of The Last First Day by Carrie Brown and I Married You For Happiness by Lily Tuck. The authors avoid the easy take on growing old.

Do You Have 'The Little Blue Book' in Your House?

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

If you are wondering what I'm talking about, it is for you that I am writing this blog! Here's the bottom line: We were all born one moment of one day...

Conjuring Up My Dead Relatives

Lisa Meritz | Posted 10.28.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Meritz

Yes, I'd love to see my father when I walk by his old bar, but I have to admit that, in 2013, not seeing him is good. Though it sometimes hurts, it means I still can tell the difference between the living and the dead.

Want to Feel Good About Being Old? See Red 2

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 10.12.2013 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

I think that our time has come in Hollywood, and more and more movies will be made celebrating the refusal of Baby Boomers to slip politely into the crevices reserved for the old in our society.

Imagine a Future Where We Record Our Own Deaths on Tiny Video Cameras Implanted in Our Foreheads

Justin Nobel | Posted 10.01.2013 | Technology
Justin Nobel

As radical as this all might seem to you now, just remember, the future is impossible to predict, but utterly inevitable.

Tell It Like It Is

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.12.2013 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

He backed up a couple of steps, held the door open for me, and, with a smile, said, "You first, old man." When I tell my friends about this, they say, "That was really an unkind thing for him to say." But I tell my family and friends how much I appreciated his comment, because it reflected the truth.