Living Old is Optional

We all know that growing older is inevitable. It is just a fact of life. And a lot of people think that growing older means our best and most productive days are behind us and that our peak years are long past. How wrong they are. Ask yourself why your biological age would stand in […]

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Last Stand in Paradise

Life on the Island of the Gods – what Nehru exclaimed when he visited Bali for the first time in the 1960s – is a unique and enviable experience. A growing number of foreign retirees are choosing this balmy tropical land of palm trees and clanging of xylophonic orchestras as a place to live off […]

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The Joy Of Senior Sex

When you were a teenager or young adult did you ever consider if your parents were still having sex? What about the elderly couple who lived down the street? Or was the thought of that just too yucky? Well now that we’re in that age category, are you still enjoying a healthy and happy sex […]

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Sleep

Lately I have been getting seven to eight hours of sleep. It makes such a difference to the whole day and my outlook when I get enough rest. But it hasn’t always been like this. As older adults our sleep patterns often change. We may get sleepy earlier, have less deep sleep, have a hard […]

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Re-Thinking That Hip Replacement

While I was in India in December my left hip began to hurt. I am of a stoic nature, but this was really painful. It hurt so much that I actually took a painkiller and dropped into a little clinic beside our hotel for an Xray. It showed that there was very little space between […]

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Fear of Dying

We are the generation that avidly read Erica Young’s 1973 bestseller “Fear of Flying”. But we are now of an age where our biggest fear may well be the fear of dying. My 81-year old brother is battling stage IV renal cancer. This diagnosis was totally unexpected; it came out of the blue, like a […]

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If not Immortality what about The 120 Club?

My good friend Alexander Everett died in 2005 aged 85 on his ranch in Oregon. It wasn’t really a ranch, more like an Ark. Alexander just liked to hang out with animals, certainly not eat them. Hewas an educationalist and an English eccentric much influenced by Rudolf Steiner and Huxley’s Perennial Philosophy, who decamped to […]

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Keep Smiling

When we’re children and taken to the dentist, he/she always advised us to brush our teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day and see our dentist twice a year for check-ups. If we followed out dentist’s advice, hopefully we wouldn’t have any cavities. Well, depending on how much candy we ate. I […]

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Love and Honor Your Brain

I took an Internet test to see what my life expectancy would be. The test asked a lot of questions about life habits, history of disease in the family, and even education. After I’d answered all the questions I clicked the Calculate-Life-Expectancy button at the bottom of the page. Barring any accidents, I could live […]

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Use it or Lose it — Stimulating the Brain after 60

An early Boomer column ‘Mind Changes – When to Worry’ by Susan Tereba provided information on identifying dementia. The good news is that losing your keys is just age-relate memory loss, not dementia. We can actually delay memory loss and improve brain function indefinitely by adopting lifestyle changes and keeping the thinking box stimulated. ‘Use […]

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