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The Upside of Aging Review

July 15th, 2014 · No Comments

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The Upside of Aging by Paul H. Irving, President of the Milken Institute is a compilation of sixteen chapters written by authors who are “all prominent thought leaders” according to Irving.

The complete subtitle is “How Long Life is Changing the World of Health, Work Innovation, Policy, and Purpose.”

After a lengthy Foreword by Michael Milkin and Preface by Irving, both together were well worth the price of the book, each author had a topic they covered in as much depth as possible for this type of book.

I took massive notes while reading the introductory areas and learned much about how we as a society are learning about aging in a new way. We are certainly not living the live my grandparents and great-grandparents lived. [Read more →]

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A Painful Life Transition for Some Seniors

July 11th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Transitions are a part of our life whether we like it or not. Some transitions are beneficial while others are not. In fact, they can be downright painful. Transitions are inevitable and we all have to deal with them in some manner. Here are some of our important transitions:

  • We start our lives as little babies and progress through childhood
  • We transition from early childhood to our teen years
  • We are students who then transition to our careers or lives post school
  • Seemingly all too soon, we are adults with all the accompanying responsibilities.

Other transitions we may face can include job changes, loss of spouse or other loved ones, health issues that leave us less mobile than we expected. Then, more transitions as we move through the decades and into our senior years. [Read more →]

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Silver Surfers: Internet Usage Among Older Generations Infographic

June 5th, 2014 · 10 Comments

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Source: Accredited-Online-College.org

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Top Ten People I Miss The Most – Personal

June 3rd, 2014 · 14 Comments

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My mother Emily Monroe. In hindsight, she was probably the best mother anyone could have. She was a teacher in a country school when she and Dad got married, but chose to stay home until her youngest of three entered kindergarten. Once she went back to teaching school, she picked up her bachelors and master’s degrees while raising us.

She again taught in a country school until she started teaching second grade in a small town school. Although she could have moved on to bigger school systems, she liked the atmosphere and camaraderie of the small town. There is so much more I could share about her life, but suffice it to say – she was one of the best! Here she is riding a three-wheel Honda. [Read more →]

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Law of Attraction – Be Clear About What You Want

May 19th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I was reading an article about law of attraction recently and it got me thinking about the concept of attracting what I want in certain areas of my life. Because of my age, I sometimes feel like that ship has passed me by, but other times I believe that such concepts can still make a difference in my life now and in the future.

In the realms of law of attraction, also known as LOA, we’re told to focus on and think about things we want with the belief that we will attract them to our life. [Read more →]

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How to Keep Your Elders Safe and Clutter Free

May 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Both of my grandmothers set a good example regarding keeping their home clean and clutter free. Not sure why because they lived two different lifestyles. One lived in the back woods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the other in a small town near the capitol of Michigan. But, they both were role-models for me, especially in keeping a home they wouldn’t be ashamed of if unexpected company showed up.

Not everyone was that way. My grandma who lived near us would take me to the homes of friends or relatives on occasion and I was shocked at the magazines and newspapers stacked around, dusty furniture that looked like no one had cleaned them off in years, and so many knick knacks there was very little space for anything else. [Read more →]

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Dementia or Too Much on Your Mind?

May 6th, 2014 · 8 Comments

Busyness and stress can sometimes cause us to have memory problems no matter how old we are. Stress can cause much younger people to forget at times. It can be difficult to know whether we, or one of our loved ones, are in the early stages of dementia or if we just have too much on our mind. We can even wonder if we are doomed to follow the path of our parent(s) or other family members. [Read more →]

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Fraud Prevention: How to Keep Your Senior Safe

April 29th, 2014 · 4 Comments

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that those seeking your personal information so they can commit fraud are going to go away anytime soon. Also unfortunate is that they are growing more cunning and devious as to how they gather your information.

They especially target seniors who may not realize they are giving away important information. If your loved one is still in control of their finances, make sure they understand the importance of protecting their identity and financial information. [Read more →]

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Reduce the Stress In Your Life Before Its Too Late

April 22nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

We all deal with stress in one way or another on an almost daily basis. Our jobs (or lack of a job), family relationships, finances, co-workers, daily commute, health issues, noise or air pollution, unfavorable weather conditions, and many other reasons can plague us on a day to day basis until we feel like we just want to scream or hide away until life settles back down again.

Rare is the person who has no stress at all in their day to day life. In fact, if someone were to say they never get stressed, I would be inclined not to believe them. Everyone deals with a certain amount of stress no matter how much we try to avoid it. Unfortunately, if we do not handle the stress in our life as it happens, we may have to deal with much more serious consequences later on. [Read more →]

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The Importance of Good Nutrition to Aging Seniors

April 17th, 2014 · 10 Comments

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When we mention the elderly, we usually are referring to anyone over seventy-years-old, with the baby boomers now rapidly coming up behind them. As we grow older we often have trouble maintaining a fitness regimen.

Our body is aging and we are having trouble making the effort to work out. We just don’t have the energy or the desire anymore, even if we did in the first place. Unfortunately, when that happens we begin to lose our ability to develop muscles or gain strength. [Read more →]

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Are You a Well-Rounded Senior Citizen?

April 10th, 2014 · 8 Comments

I ran across the word well-rounded several times in the past week and that got me thinking about aging seniors and the baby boomers who are moving into that category. Are we well-rounded seniors? Let’s find out.

My somewhat ancient Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary says that well-rounded means “having a broad educational background” and “Comprehensive (a well-rounded program of activities)”. But, I wonder if nowadays it isn’t a little more than that. [Read more →]

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

April 8th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Children require much more sleep than adults.

Children require much more sleep than adults.

As we grow older we quite often find we are not sleeping as much as we did when we were younger. One reason for the shorter nights is that as we age we don’t require as much sleep. But sometimes we find that stress can be the cause of why we toss and turn all night and wake up groggy in the morning.

One of the most important steps we can take for our body and our mind is to make sure we get enough rest no matter how old, or young, we are. Sleep is necessary for our overall wellbeing. It helps us wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, mentally and physically, and ready to meet the day. [Read more →]

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Caregivers: A Gratitude Journal Can Change Your Life

March 27th, 2014 · 8 Comments

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Long before I became a caregiver to my elderly father in 2006, I started reading about and following women who kept journals of various kinds. Sarah Ban Breathnach of Simple Abundance fame was one of the early ones as was Julia Cameron with her ground-breaking The Artist’s Way. These two women helped tremendously as I worked through some frustrating years using their writing tools.

As I worked through the Simple Abundance program, at least ten years ago, I started writing a daily gratitude list of 10 items, usually in the evening. I’ve been fairly faithful with that habit although I’ve drifted away at times, and at other times I’ve written just five a day – guess I was struggling with spotting the good things going on around me at that time. [Read more →]

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Retirement Nest Eggs – How Much Do I Need to Retire Comfortably?

March 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Although this is a sponsored post, the article contains valuable information for those who are concerned about their ability to retire with the amount of money they need to take care of them in their advanced years. Hopefully, this information will help you make wise decisions as you head into your senior years.

How much money should you put away in order to retire on schedule and be able to live comfortably? Imagine that: living comfortably and never having to go to work again. Hmm. Seems nice. Seems like a nice dream. But what does it actually take to make that dream a reality? How can you ever even expect to be able to chuck all that dough into savings? Well, of course, the answer is diehard discipline, coupled with some good knowledge. Obviously, the optimal algorithm for your retirement’s case is affected by several dependent variables. These include, but are not limited to: [Read more →]

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The Pros and Cons of Sleeping in a Recliner

March 24th, 2014 · 8 Comments

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Many people of all ages seem to have trouble sleeping at night, especially those of us who are getting older. Some people try to stay in bed until they fall asleep, while tossing and turning for hours. Others give up on the tossing and turning out of frustration, and get out of bed only to pace the floor trying to get a level of tiredness that can lull them back to sleep. Still others resort to sitting or lying in their recliner and watching television until they nod off.

However people choose to handle their inability to fall asleep, what they don’t realize is that the results can often cause serious side-affects if they spend too much time in a recliner. The elderly are especially prone to moving around less as they get older. They don’t require the amount of sleep they used to when they were young and active. The combination of moving around less and sleeping more often in an unhealthy position can lead to a number of health issues. [Read more →]

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