LifeLivedForward_SLICES_11

 

A collection of straightforward advice about

everyday issues faced by seniors.

 

  • How Much Water Should We Drink Everyday? More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates (460–377 BCE) said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” What does that mean when it comes to water? Water has been described as a neglected, unappreciated, ...
  • Finding Your Place in the Second Half of Life View article online on Jackson.com site U.S. journalist and women’s rights advocate Margaret Fuller once said that “a house is no home unless it includes food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” In some ways, the quote is even more poignant today than when it was written (19th Century), as American society ...
  • Q & A with Bill Gifford, Author of “Spring Chicken, Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying)” What inspired you to write about aging and the research surrounding it?  I started thinking about the subject as I entered my 40s and realized that things were changing, albeit subtly. Also, at the same time, I’d had two beautiful dogs, lab mixes, brother and sister, and I’d watched them go from exuberant puppies to strong, ...
  • Hearing Aid Discount Programs Address the Daunting Task of Selecting (and Paying For) Hearing Aids According to one of the latest surveys regarding hearing aid purchasing and satisfaction, one of the two main reasons consumers give for not purchasing hearing aids is the cost – and rightfully so. Premium hearing aids purchased from a private practice hearing aid center can cost upwards of $7000 for the pair. Many patients either ...
  • Moving with Magical Thinking In “The Year of Magical Thinking,” Joan Didion eloquently describes how grief distorts thinking and creates thoughts that defy logic. She describes this process as “magical thinking.” I think some people approach moving with magical thinking as well. In psychology, magical thinking refers to the belief that one’s thoughts can make things happen, or that thinking ...
  • Why a Happy, Healthy Retirement Is About More Than Just Money In the beginning, there was no retirement. There were few old people. Most people were fully employed in their teens and worked until they died in their mid-30s. In those days, it was customary to carry on until you dropped, regardless of your age group — no golf, no Airstream travel trailer, no retirement. When ...
  • Estate Planning Lessons from “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” “Big Daddy… What is it that makes him so big? His big heart, his big belly, or his big money?” – Brick Pollitt, character in the play Last week my husband and I saw Tennessee Williams’ play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Fulton Theatre. The theme of truth vs. mendacity runs through the play ...
  • Where Should I Unpack? Unpack.  Repack.  Repeat. What will make you happy in the next phase of your life?  “Unpacking” means asking the right questions, rather than offering the wrong answers.  As simple, yet powerful, as “what is the good life?” Am I living in the place I love?” can present a new passport to the next phase of life. 12 ...
  • What The Presidential Candidates Want To Do With America’s Finances Both political parties have endorsed their candidate for President and the race is on to see who the American people will choose as the 45th President of the United States. The November 8th election is soon and the new President will have a lot to say about the future of tax reform. The tax plans put forth by ...
  • Four Funerals and a Wedding I ordered a book on BookBub that I vaguely remembered as a comedy starring Hugh Grant — Four Weddings and a Funeral. Instead, however, I ordered a book titled Four Funerals and a Wedding. It was very different from what I expected. Which just goes to show that sometimes you don’t get what you want, but ...
  • Protecting Your Identity, Part 2   In our previous post, we described the importance of protecting yourself from identity theft, including guarding your Social Security number and shredding financial statements. In this post, we provide additional tips to protect your identity online. Take a Byte Out of Crime In recent years, identity theft has dramatically increased online. Thieves can steal your virtual identity ...
  • Interdependence: Why We’re Better Together  In nature, we see examples of interdependence … small groups living together in a village. That idea of being a lone wolf and not needing anyone doesn’t apply to humans. We are social creatures, meant to be together and working for a common good. Our ancestors knew this, and within their village environment, they worked together ...