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Your Fitness Age is the One that Really Counts

As much as many people would like to turn back the clock on their age, up until now it hasn’t been a very feasible goal. However, new research on the concept of fitness age shows that you’re more in control than you think of the way your body keeps track of time. read more

INTERESTING STUFF – 25 October 2014

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IN PRAISE OF KNOTS According to the story at The New York Times, ”Knots are an ancient technology. They predate the axe and the wheel, quite possibly the use of fire and maybe even man himself: Some scientists have speculated...

7 Ways Exercise Can Go Wrong for Your Mind and Body

Though exercise is generally good for your mental and physical health, these 7 surprising ill effects can have the opposite effect. Fortunately, there's a remedy for each one. read more

How to Get Yourself on Your Own Side

Without knowing it, we frequently become our own worst enemies. Concluding that you can’t get what you want is one sure way you won’t. Self-defeating behavior is easy to spot once you know what you’re looking out for. These five questions will help you identify, and then change, the handicapping patterns that prevent you from getting what you really want. read more

Old People Want More From Life than Safety

On Wednesday this week, I told you about Dr. Atul Gawande's exceptional new book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. The post prompted a friend I'd not heard from in awhile to email. Suzette Boydston is director...

INTERESTING STUFF – 18 October 2014

114-YEAR-OLD LIES TO GET A FACEBOOK PAGE Anna Stoer is 114 years old. You read that right – 114. She lives in Minnesota. She wanted to create a Facebook page. She had to lie because the age dropdown menu goes...

Beer and Billiards for Healthy Aging

“Active aging” is what they call it. You know, all that bungee jumping, marathon running and climbing high mountains they tell us old people need to do these days to stay healthy. No slacking off with a nap in the...

Elder Women and Eleanor's Hope

When I starting out in the world on my own in the late 1950s, there weren't many careers available to women. Our choices were mostly confined to waitress or office worker and, for the few who attended college, teacher or...

To Reclaim the Word “Old”

As I have explained here many times in the past, I made a deliberate decision when I began this blog a decade ago to never use old-age euphemisms - those cutesy-poo names like golden-ager, third-ager and oldster along with the...

Social Security COLA for 2015

Yesterday, the Social Security Administration announced the amount of the annual Social Security cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for 2015. It is a minor uptick of 1.7 percent. For the average monthly benefit of $1191.70, that means a $20.25 increase. Woo-hoo. Although my...

A Super-Important, Amazing New Book on End-of-Life Care

For the past couple of days I've been reading Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End from Atul Gawande, the Harvard Medical School professor who is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a...

Five Sure-Fire Ways to Handle a Snob

It’s no fun being the target of someone’s snobbery. These five tools are all you need to manage the unhappiness a snob can cause. You don’t have to out-snob the snob, but you can overcome the feelings of shame, envy, and inferiority that snobbery can trigger. read more

Crabby Old Lady v. the Cable Company

Crabby Old Lady does not like using her blog for rants about personal issues but every couple of years something so egregious happens that she cannot help herself. This one is about trying to reduce her cable/internet costs and let....

What a Narcissist Needs Is More, Not Less, Self-Love

Narcissists may seem as though they’re completely in love with themselves, but at the root of their inflated egos are deeply-held feelings of inferiority. Arguments and criticism therefore bring out their worst fears. Perhaps instead of self-love we should think of narcissists as experiencing self-hate. read more

It's That Time Again - Medicare Enrollment

(EDITORIAL NOTE: International readers can take the day off – most of you live in countries with more sane health programs than the United States has and don't suffer this tedious, irritating annual ritual.) Last Wednesday, 15 October, marked the...

Why Dark Personalities Thrive in the Dark

We associate romance with dimly-lit settings and candlelight. However, people with dark intent are more likely than others to improve their romantic odds when shrouded in darkness. Watch out for those tell-tale signs that someone’s interest in you is less than sincere, especially when that someone is lurking in the shadows. read more

Resetting Tissue GHK Levels to Provide Benefits to the Old

last weekHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

The aging research community might be divided into two camps. The much larger camp sees aging as a process of damage accumulation and reactions to that damage. There is a lot of argument over which forms of damage are more importantShow More Summary

16 Ways to Achieve Acceptance of Your True Self

The road to self-acceptance may well be acceptance of other people, flaws and all. This 16-item test will tell whether you’re someone who others can turn to, no matter what, and they know they’ll be welcomed. More importantly, these items will also help you become more accepting of yourself and create your own no-judgment zone. read more

Life Expectancy at 65 Increases

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued its annual report on life expectancy in the United States for the year 2012. It's good news for almost everyone including elders. LIFE EXPECTANCY AT AGE 65 Every day, 7,000 (or...

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