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Old Age

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.

Outsourcing The Old Folks

Marc Freedman | Posted 09.01.2012 | Fifty
Marc Freedman

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a new film set in India, hangs its plot on the notion of "outsourcing" the elderly.

Helping Those With Memory Loss Have a Successful Dining Experience

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

For individuals with memory loss, mealtimes provide social engagement, sensory stimulation and enjoyment, and can add structure and routine to their day. However, mealtimes can also present some challenges for caregivers, especially as their loved ones' memory loss progresses.

How Old is 'Old'?

Posted 05.03.2012 | Fifty

If age is indeed a number, where do Americans draw the line between middle-aged and elderly? To people age 45 and younger, the line of demarcation...

WATCH: Table Tennis Ace, 101, Draws Researchers' Attention

7.30 | Posted 04.19.2012 | Fifty

Dorothy Delow certainly hasn't let age slow her down, venturing to Mongolia at age 97 to compete internationally in the World Veterans Games at table ...

Age Discrimination: Do Not Close Your Eyes

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

It is incumbent upon us as individuals and as a society to work diligently towards a day when we see a person before us who has lived a long life and we no longer patronize them, disrespect them or dismiss them.

In Sickness and in Health: A Vow for a Lifetime

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.01.2012 | Good News
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

We all long for a love that will last -- one that will withstand the times when we are sick or weak, when we hope that the memory of all that we were can trump the reality of who become.

When Are We Old?

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.25.2012 | Fifty
Alan Elsner

The advent of another birthday recently prompted me to ask myself: At what age does a person stop getting older and actually become old? In other words, when does old age begin?

Write A Letter Or Send An E-mail?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

In addition to e-mails, sit down and write a few long, detailed, personal, honest letters expressing your ideas and feelings. Write them in longhand, if you still know how to do that.

Joan Didion: Late in Life

Joe Woodward | Posted 03.11.2012 | Books
Joe Woodward

Beyond the raw details of her daughter's death, beyond her grasp to understand its aftermath and its applied metaphor, Blue Nights deals with the physical "dismantling" of Didion herself.

How Love Makes Age Less Scary

Donna Jean Freberg | Posted 01.22.2012 | Fifty
Donna Jean Freberg

Into every life a little rain must fall. Sometimes a torrential downpour, or even a Tsunami perhaps. And we hang on for dear life and find out what we are made of.

Nearing Home: How To Live One's Latter Years And The Reality Of Heaven

Billy Graham | Posted 01.01.2012 | Religion
Billy Graham

In a sense all of us are nearing home, but we need to learn what it means to grow older, and with God's help, to grow older with grace and find the guidance to finish well.

Brennan Manning: All Is Grace

John Blase | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
John Blase

Brennan Manning has preached his vagabond evangelist variation of the same theme for over forty years now: God loves you as you are and not as you should be.

Choosing to Die

Sally Abrahms | Posted 12.14.2011 | Fifty
Sally Abrahms

Already, boomers are rewriting the script on aging, reinventing retirement and even death. Choosing the right to die, a.k.a. euthanasia, when we're ill, frail, or no longer have quality of life, may well be the new hot button issue.

Sinking Into Darkness: What Do You Do When You Know You Are Dying?

Ed Dobson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Ed Dobson

There is no way to describe the hopeless feeling of knowing that you only have a few years to live, and most of that time will be in the disabled condition.

Prayers Of Longing And Thanks

Emma Lou Thayne | Posted 10.31.2011 | Religion
Emma Lou Thayne

At 86, I find my crowded Rolodex full of parentheses. That's what I add to names of people there who have died. It's both a joy and a sorrow to see those names as I look for others to call.

The Loneliness of Living Long Enough to Be Lonely

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Devon Wilke

I remember the moment I truly understood my mother, a woman I couldn't understand for the life of me ... I saw her loneliness that day. I saw it because, for the first time, I felt glimmers of it in my own life.

The Call to Generation X to Reform Health Care

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

I recently commented on Facebook that in 20 years I will be in my late 50s, caring for my elderly baby boomer parents, and trying to pay for the young...

The Last Move

Patt Cottingham | Posted 10.09.2011 | Women
Patt Cottingham

In June, we moved my mother into a room in the Assisted Living wing of the retirement community where she currently lives. This decision was not an easy one to make.

How Would The Rainforest Handle Alzheimer's Disease?

April L. Bogle | Posted 10.06.2011 | Healthy Living
April L. Bogle

It's simply unnatural to encourage old people to live on well past their functionality; I'm convinced of this now more than ever since I returned from...

Aging Well: A Challenge That Can Be Met

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 08.09.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

It is a mistake to believe that it is normal for old people to be incapable of leading active, involved, satisfying, and personally meaningful lives.

Your 'Second' Lifetime: How Will You Make It Matter?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The first 50-year period is already a known quantity: a person is born, passes to adulthood, finds a partner and raises children. But no such certainty applies to the next 50 years. What do you expect your second lifetime to be?

Surrounded by Life: Emily, Alone by Stewart O'Nan

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.29.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Emily, Alone is a book of quiet yet stunning beauty; steady and trim from the outside, like its protagonist, and, just like her, stirring inside with intense observations, and a strong attachment to living.