Falling Down – Don’t Do It

I’ve been rushing around impetuously all my life. Last year I was hurrying up my path to the gate when one of my hens flapped her way between my feet.  I felt myself going over, instinctively threw out my right hand to break the fall and landed on it hard.  It only took a second […]

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The Gilgamesh Project

The only things in life that are certain, so the saying goes, are the two grim reapers of death and taxes.  Some of us are able to beat taxes in retired life, but few of us can avoid the other grim reaper. History tells us that man has searched for the Eldorado of eternal life […]

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A Few Tips for a Better Travel Experience in the Boomer Years

Galvanized by the Venice Biennale, I recently returned from a twenty-three day trip to Italy. This every-other-year international art exhibition goes from May to November and always recharges my creative juices. Plus, I love being in Italy. The people, the food, the art, the Renaissance buildings, all speak to a deeper part of me. After […]

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Oh, Those Aching Joints

I don’t know about you, but I get stiff these days. Half an hour sitting on the floor or hunched over my computer seizes up the joints… not just my problematic hips but my knees and neck as well. So when I heard there was a joint guy in Ubud, I was very interested in […]

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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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