Whaddya Think, Dr. Fink?

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Meet the blogger

Dr. Jeri Fink, author, photographer, traveler, and family therapist, challenges the creaky myths of aging. She believes that now is a creative, exciting time to grow and explore new ideas, people, and places. Visit Dr. Jeri at www.jerifink.com or www.hauntedfamilytrees.com to enter her world of discovery, fun, and insights. Her most recent project, Broken, is a series of seven thrillers and one nonfiction book that defies tradition. She tells us: “I challenge the art of storytelling by merging fact, fiction, photography, and time into riveting, bestselling novels. It draws from my work as a social worker; expertise in family psychology and history; professional research; and passion for photography and abstracted reality. My 28 published books, hundreds of articles and blogs, speaking engagements, and active online presence all reflect who I am today.”

Thoughts about being after 50

Seize the day! After fifty living is a new adventure for all of us. There’s so much to see and do . . . it’s not the time to sit back in your rocker and let the world go by. Be mindful . . . smell the flowers, watch the sunset, relish children, grandchildren, family, and friends. Explore the world – whether it’s outside your front door or on the other side of the planet. Sure, I might be slower than I was 30 years ago but my mind is filled with exhilarating ideas, memories, and experiences. The good life is now.

Are You Nuts?

Nuts are good for you. Experts say we should eat more nuts to live longer. Those crunchy little nuggets demand to be regulars in our lives. You can get them in any supermarket or, if you’re so inclined, go premium, natural, or organic. They’re plain, raw, roasted, salted, or served in the shell – all very respectable. Nutella and fudge nut br...Read More

Help! There’s Someone in My Sandbox!!!

My husband just retired. He’s a great guy. I love him dearly. He just doesn’t belong in my sandbox. There’s an old saying, “I married you for better or worse, not for lunch.” Now I know the truth in those words. In Japan, it’s estimated that 60% of the older female population suffer from RHS – Retired Husband Syndrome. ABC News described the sympto...Read More

We Are Grand!

It began before they were born. We had the critical job of choosing names. Not names for the shadowy figures in the sonograms but names for ourselves. Grandma and Grandpa? Gemma and Poppa? Glamma and Pops? To the horror of our kids we chose Nana and Poppy. They hated it instantly. That should have been a sign. After all, what do we know about babie...Read More

O My Achy Feet

Some people have pretty feet. Others have ugly feet. By the time you’re afterfiftyliving, we all have rebellious feet. Look at it this way. Our feet put in an average 5,117 steps a day or about 912 miles a year. That means by the time you’re after 50, you’ve walked about 45,600 miles or over 16 times the distance between your favorite ice cream sho...Read More

Wrinkles ‘R Us

Everyone has them. Everyone hates them. Wrinkles mean we’re aging or spending too much time in the sun. Maybe it’s fake news. Wrinkles are really our purple hearts – rewards for life well lived (or fought). If you have wrinkles, like most afterfifty-ers, you should be proud. This woman from Nepal looks proud of her wrinkles and age. Of course, they...Read More

How Big Is YOUR Heart?

Everyone claims they have a big heart. As our President contends, there’s a lot of fake news out there. Consider the real thing – a blue whale. A blue whale’s heart is the size of a small golf cart – unlike The Donald’s supersized vehicles. The whale’s heart weighs about 400 pounds – big enough to squeeze your head in its aorta – although it’...Read More

Are You A Cyborg? Tips to Tell!

Times have changed. Remember the cyborgs we loved? They were superheroes (or super villains) like RoboCop, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Darth Vader. Some had faces infused with circuitry; others had super strong arms, legs, and exoskeletons. They swooped into our fictional worlds and saved (or tried to ruin) the day. Cyborg is a blended word cre...Read More

Switch the Route This Summer!

I’m hot. Not the kind of hot where people think I’m really cool. The kind where I stick my head out the door and I’m attacked by 93 degrees with matching humidity. Forty degrees hotter than it was a week ago. According to our President, there’s no such thing as climate change. It’s all a Chinese hoax, like transforming Lo Mein into healthy Kentucky...Read More

After 50 Matters!

Freedom. It’s underrated. I’m not talking about the freedom to hang out with Russian spies in the Oval Office or to write fake news tweets. I’m talking real stuff. These days, with security breaches, internet hacks, and White House leaks, most of us believe that our personal freedom is declining. A Gallup Poll found that the U.S. ranks #21 in the w...Read More

Time to Edit?

Do you live in black & white? Maybe it’s time to edit – add color to your life. The French call it joie de vivre. Las Vegas holds a “life is beautiful” festival every year. Mallory Hopkins wrote, “Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” Wear purple sneakers with hot pink trim. Look at our peers – George H.W. Bush celebrate...Read More

How Many Candles This Year?

It’s birthday time. For me. I need to think fast. Can I cross the date off the calendar without anyone noticing? Go subway surfing without a phone until the day is over? What about claiming that my birthday is fake news? I was born in the winter – don’t you remember” No luck. It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to. The only thing I want to cele...Read More

Going Green…..or Purple

Green. It’s not my favorite color. I’m a purple person who looks awful in green. Unlike some people in Washington who loathe green for very different reasons. Don’t get me wrong. Green looks great on trees, money, and vegetables. It works for me on my houseplants but not on my walls (my living room is purple). Color psychology experts say green is ...Read More

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