What Does It Mean To Live In An Age-friendly Town?

Age-friendly towns are places that provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to remain intellectually and physically active, socially connected, and engaged with life. Some characteristics of an age-friendly town include bike and walking trails, ease of transportation and accessible spaces, regardless of a person’s physical challenges. They

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What I Learned Spreading Garden Mulch…

Last spring, I spent hours preparing my flower and ornamental grass beds and then spreading mulch. It wasn’t work I was used to. But, I resolved to be mindful about it rather than complain and think about what I’d do once it was done. Along the way, something happened, I

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We Are Meant To Move

What happens when we move? Well, for one thing, our brains are healthier when we move. Exercise reduces inflammation in our bodies and stimulates the release of chemicals in our brain that allow us to grow new blood vessels and create new brain cells. This has been linked to better

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What Will You Be Doing 5 Years From Now?

When you picture yourself five years from now, what will you be doing? Maybe it will be traveling somewhere new where you’ll be walking and climbing stairs. Perhaps you’ll be sitting on the floor, playing a game with your grandkids or learning to play a musical instrument. Whatever it is,

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Getting More Colorful with Age

I often say, “I want to get more colorful with age.” What do I mean by that? Just as the leaves change in the Fall and get more colorful over time, I want to get more colorful as I age, and to blend with others to create more beauty than

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Combating Alzheimer’s

Finding out that you or someone you love has Alzheimer’s is devastating news. Fortunately, there is much we do know about slowing its progression through lifestyle changes. These involve sharing your memories with friends, staying socially and physically active and by continuing to challenge your brain to learn new and

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Getting More Colorful with Age

I often say, “I want to get more colorful with age.” What do I mean by that? Just as the leaves change in the Fall and get more colorful over time, I want to get more colorful as I age, and to blend with others to create more beauty than

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You Have a Choice

The cat’s out of the bag and there’s no going back. Your grandmother’s belief that how she ages was primarily determined by genes and a little bit of luck, well, that belief has gone the way of the eight-track player. According to the MacArthur Foundation’s 10-year study on aging, approximately

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Aging In America (Part 2)

Marketing messages in the media would have us believe that unless we are young and fit into a well-defined description of beauty (i.e. age, shape, athletic ability), we have no value. But, we know through research, and by surveying hundreds of thousands of older adults in America, that we have

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The Last Unchallenged Stereotype, Part 1

In our youth-obsessed culture, it’s easy to buy into the negative stereotypes of aging. It is this discrimination that convinces us that aging is mostly about decline. And yet, research continually tells us that how we age is mostly up to us, and that our perception of aging influences our

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