Positive AgingDecember 22, 2014
Feel Younger Than Your Age? It May Help You Live Longer
Folks who feel "young at heart" may be more likely to live to a ripe old age, a new British study suggests. Seniors who said they felt three or more years younger than their actual age experienced a lower death rate over the course of eight years than people who either felt their full age or a little older, researchers report online Dec. 15 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.Read the full article
December 17, 2014
Second Blooming:A Dozen Tips for Achieving Better Balance in Life
1. Banish the “Superwoman” image because she's simply a cartoon character, a myth. You, on the other hand, are a complex person facing real challenges. 2. Eat well, sleep enough, exercise regularly, because the first casualty when you're out of balance is usually your own well-being. You'll be tempted to gobble fast food, skimp on your sleep, and skip exercise altogether, and those things are precisely what keep your stress level manageable. So make sure you respect the physical body that is needed to do the work.Read more...
December 15, 2014
The Upside of Aging
As longevity and declining birth rates cre¬ate an older population of unprecedented significance, this wonderful book makes the case that it’s time to move beyond stereotypes of dependency and decline to explore the vast potential of longer lives. It makes the case that the age shift brings the potential for a revolution in health and wellness, evolution of age-friendly cities, emergence of a multi-talented, intergenerational workforce, development of education models incorporating older people as students and scholars, and culture change that connects aging and purpose for the benefit of people of all ages.Read more...
November 25, 2014
Feeling Younger May Help Memory as We Age
Feeling younger than one’s real age could help to preserve memory and cognitive function as people get older, says a study in the November issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. The study comes as recent research suggests aging is both a subjective and biological experience. A younger self-image was more common in physically active people with a lower body-mass index, the latest study found.Read the full article
November 13, 2014
Second Blooming:Life’s a Balancing Act
I’m a lousy example of how to live a balanced life right now. Within four weeks, I’ve had two day-long book events, including preparing for two presentations for them; a TTN column to write; Council on Aging fund raiser meetings and events; unexpected participation in a major local book event which included two speeches and taping an hour-long television show with the visiting author; an online computer course (I’m woefully behind); two sets of company; and a book I’m trying to finish and send to my publisher. I’m totally out of balance, sitting high in the air on one end of life’s teeter-totter with a 250 pound gorilla on the other end. I need to change something or suffer the consequences.Read more...