Category Archives: aging

When it comes to aging, attitudes matter

In 2009, 100,000 American women, middle-aged and older, demonstrated that when it comes to health and aging, our attitudes matter.  Those with a more hopeful outlook on life (optimists) were less likely than those with a more negative view of … Continue reading

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Keep moving

“Keep moving.” That’s my new motto. I want it to apply to everything in my life, starting with exercise. I’ve shredded my list of fitness goals since my first Fitbit fell off my wrist and an essential plastic piece in my … Continue reading

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Why we need older friends

Earlier this week, I watched three buses from an elder housing community pull out of the parking lot near a theater where we had just seen a play. Ah, so that explained the presence of so many eighty-somethings in the audience. … Continue reading

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Aging like a monkey

I don’t usually write about — or even admit to — aging as it affects me, but after reading an article in the New York Times, “What Old Monkeys and Old Humans Have in Common,” I think it’s time we talked … Continue reading

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Seasons of change

Northwest skies are gray and our backyard plum and maple trees have already begun to let go of their leaves.  No matter how warm the days, nights are cool. Projects I began in the spring, then ignored while the sun … Continue reading

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Dress Codes

A friend and I meet often at a Starbucks in an office park and enjoy the parade of office and tech workers coming in for their morning coffee break. We first revel in the fact that they’re working and we’re … Continue reading

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Energize the brain

At least once a week, something triggers a memory from my past. Yesterday, a friend’s photos of her trip to Norway immediately transported me back to Malmo, Sweden, where my husband and I spent a month 40+ years ago.   I … Continue reading

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More alternative medicine

There was a time when people suffering from delusions talked about being abducted by aliens.  Maybe they still do. Anyway, the gist of what happened in these forced encounters was that the aliens did a lot of poking and prodding … Continue reading

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Bucket lists for the young and the old

Have you created a list of things you want to accomplish before you die, a so-called bucket list? I haven’t. At this point in my life, a bucket list would seem like an extension of the “things to do” lists … Continue reading

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Non-traditional medicine for a traditional patient

When someone talks about about health problems you know that they’re old, and that the topic is likely to put you to sleep. Wait!  This is not your ordinary medical story. I’ve just embarked on a month-long journey that requires … Continue reading

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