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Old Age

Dare to Be 100: How Old Is Old?

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

To be 500 is not old if you are a tree. But for us humans, a different calendar applies. A good place to start in addressing this question is to refl...

Indicators That You're Behaving Like an Old Person

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 09.07.2013 | Comedy
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Any form of running water and you to hope to God you've worn those panty liners.

Getting Physical, Geriatric Style

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 09.07.2013 | Comedy
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

For the past month I've been in Australia where I've had the honor of looking after my darling, aging mum. In an effort to keep her social and supple, I've taken her to a couple of geriatric exercise classes where all walkers are abandoned, best clothes are donned, and comments are rampant.

Remembering Luis: Fields of Barley, Fields of Gold

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 07.22.2013 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

I'm going to be brave here and tell you exactly what I fear about my dating life now that I'm over 50. I'm terrified there's no one out there for me. That no one who can put up with my nuttiness, my anxieties, my insecurities, my moodiness.

What Is the Greatest Threat to Japan's Health?

渋谷健司 | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
渋谷健司

For the last 20 years, Japan has been ranked number one in the world with respect to both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy. But Japan should not be complacent simply because of its high life expectancy.

Posture Key For Predicting Your Risk Of This In Old Age

Posted 04.09.2013 | Fifty

The shape of a person's spinal column may predict their risk for disability in old age, and thus their need for home assistance, new research has foun...

The 3 Women Who Make Me Feel Good About Old Age

Maddy Dychtwald | Posted 06.05.2013 | Fifty
Maddy Dychtwald

Who are your elder heroes? Who inspires you on the next stage of our life journey?

Fish Fries: A Wake-up Reminder

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.14.2013 | Fifty
William B. Bradshaw

This being the Lenten season, many Roman Catholic parishes have Friday evening fish fries. They are social events open to the public. For years, memb...

"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.