Health

No One Is Looking?

You’ve probably noticed that we have a lot of articles on After Fifty Living that address the topic of healthy living. Our topics include heart health, disease control, addiction, among others, and oh yes, obesity. So I, more than most people, should be “walking the walk” – in addition to my constantly talking the talk. But ...Read More

Baby Boomers and Hepatitis C

It’s been reported widely in the news over the last two days – but you may have missed it. Baby Boomers are at serious risk for having been infected with Hepatitis C. An estimated 3.2 M in the US are infected – and it’s estimated that 2 out of 3 of them are Baby Boomers. Put another way, 1-in-33 Boomers are infected with the...Read More

Family Caregiving

One day a week I join with 65 million other people in the US, and assume the role of family caregiver. I drive 40 miles to my mother’s home, and do bills & pills, grocery shop, wash clothes and dishes, take her to appointments (which I have made for her), and more…much more. Sometimes, though, I just sit and listen. During the rest ...Read More

Personal Responsibility

We ran an article recently (Paula Deen’s Not To Blame for Your Waistline, Y’All) that really struck a chord. Seems like lots of us are simply fed-up with those who blame everyone and everything else for whatever negative thing is going on in life. And so, without trying to sound like a “scolding grandmother,” here’s my...Read More

We’re Old? We Don’t Like Change? Says Who??

I’m sensitive to news releases that focus on the Boomer and After Fifty generation. So when Yahoo! News ran a piece about Boomers and Facebook’s new Timeline (Facebook Timeline feature unpopular, especially among Boomers) I honed right in on it. I read for 5 seconds when I saw the caption on a user map accompanying the article. Are you ...Read More

Me and My Honda

The article could have been written about me: Average Car Age at Record 10.8 Years. And, the article says that because of the economy, we’re hanging onto our cars for a longer period. I personally drive a 2001 Honda CRV and the odometer is quickly approaching 230,000 miles. Every now and then, people who don’t understand my love affair ...Read More

Midlife and Crisis

Someone just forwarded me an article written by Vivian Diller, Ph.D. which recently appeared in the Huffington Post: Surviving Midlife Without A Crisis: Step One. Dr. Diller is a talented, articulate writer, who makes some interesting points. But I’m going to digress for a moment and say that as I was finishing up this piece, I received a cal...Read More

Black, White, and Shades of Gray

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. has recently published a thought-provoking article, The Beauty Paradox: When Feminism and Vanity Collide, in the Huffington Post. Diller says that Boomer women are in conflict – over our looks, our appearance and how it all plays out given feminism philosophy. Diller says we have two distinct messages we are trying to pro...Read More

Exercise, Mice, and Brick Walls

There’s a wonderful article which appeared in the NY Times earlier this week, Can Exercise Keep You Young. The article explains that “exercising” mice significantly outlive sedentary mice. In addition, the exercising mice have a much better quality of life – they stay youthful and vital for much longer periods. I find these ...Read More

In Sickness and In Health

I’ve been camped out for the last couple of weeks in Baltimore, MD. We came here so Lou, my husband, could have surgery at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital. We live in New England, near a pretty significant medical mecca. But his surgery is known to be extremely complex, and the most accomplished surgeon for this surgery – in the w...Read More

Memory

If you’re After Fifty, then you have already, or are about to experience one of the realities of our generation: memory slips. If you’re brave enough to raise the issue with some well-intentioned people, they’ll pat you on the back and mutter something like, “Oh, you’re just too busy. That’s why you can’t r...Read More

Aging – with Humor and Grace!

Every day that passes, each and every one of us gets a little bit older. Our approach to this “inevitability” tends to fall into one of two groups. In this first group, we welcome this transition to aging and valiantly celebrate our increasing wisdom. In the second group,we fight this natural phenomenon tooth and nail. (Note sometime th...Read More

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