“Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people.” — Helen Keller Frustration clouds my focus when a presenter/speaker fails to use a microphone. I’ve experienced total hearing loss in one ear since age 28 and I can’t tell you how often I’ve been required to “fill in the blanks” when [...]
Ah, you’re finally retired—or on your way there! Think back over the past twenty years. Did you promise to write that book you always dreamed of authoring? Have you always desired for the most fashionable art gallery in town to feature you exclusively in a month-long exhibition? Were there other similar passions you planned to follow, but [...]
When retiring, do not over schedule or over commit. Take the time to set priorities and do not be afraid to say no. Always find ways to enjoy the day, even if the weather is gloomy. Laugh a lot at yourself or with others. Contact people who matter to you. Relax and enjoy, who knows, there may even be time for volunteer work.
As embarrassing as it is to admit, I remember being 17 and thinking that turning 30 would be the pinnacle of one’s life. Moreover, I thought that beyond age 30 it was all downhill, not even worthy of contemplating. Where did that foolish idea come from? Decades later, it’s obvious to me that as we [...]
From the time of its birth, the baby boomer generation (1946-1964) has significantly and uniquely changed our world. 2014 marks an important shift in American culture, as the last boomers turn 50.
Next Avenue, the national PBS website, supported by a grant from The SCAN Foundation, has launched a special series to cover topics central to maintaining independence and choice as we age. We want to understand what would improve life for many of us as we grow older.
That’s where you come in.
This has been a very interesting time in the world of television. Television had sitcoms and specials on Public Broadcasting and movies were ordered. For over a decade a movie would simply be selected, then requested and sent by Netflex within two days. It was the best thing since sliced bread. Now, the world has gone to â€œstreaming.â€
One way to stay young is to keep learning. So what is your curriculum at this stage of your life, no matter what your age. I was in a conversation with some tennis buddies last summer and one of them said, â€Iâ€™d go back and get a doctorate but I am too old.â€ One of my other buddies said back, â€œHey, how old you gonna be if you donâ€™t get the degree?â€
The aging process is an endurance contest for body and spirit. The body will eventually lose, but the spirit can win. There are plenty of things we can do for our bodies, some wiser than others.
Here is a stark reality of the 3rd/3rd of life: for most of us, it requires a search for our new identity. Except this time, we don’t have an entire lifetime ahead to try things on and try them out.