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Does Aging Suck? Part II

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Such a potent and controversial topic requires at least two posts to even begin to discuss how the process of getting older can affect us. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the feelings of comfort and ease my husband and I experience while walking George on the same … [Read More ...]

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Meditation 101

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As I was researching for this week’s discussion, I found an old Chinese proverb I thought beautifully sums up why we experience stress and feelings of control. It says, “Eight out of nine things that happen to us do not match our expectations.” How true, and the response we often … [Read More ...]

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Does Aging Suck? Part 1

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“Aging sucks! There is nothing good about it!” my friend said. And, as she said it, her face looked as if she had just eaten a sourball candy, or worse. Two days later, another woman made the same face and with as much anger in her voice repeated those exact … [Read More ...]

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Change is Hard

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I just hung up the phone from speaking with my doctor about my lab results, and it seems I need to make a few critical changes to lower my cholesterol. Now granted, the blood work was done three weeks after the holiday season when the remains of sweet treats of … [Read More ...]

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With Age Comes Wisdom

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In this season of celebration for many different religions, one of the anchoring tenants each wisdom tradition holds is acting with kindness toward our fellow humans and all living creatures. Exercising compassion can alleviate our feelings of isolation, solve many problems, and open our hearts to genuine connection to others … [Read More ...]

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Make It Fun!

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Some days I feel like I spend the entire twenty-four hours doing things that will help me when I’m “old.” I know that’s not quite true, I am reaping the benefits today of all the positive things I do for myself and as a gerontologist I think it is important … [Read More ...]

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Sending Gratitude All Year

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Every afternoon I have to shake my head each time I open my overflowing mailbox. Spilling out I find enough catalogs to reforest a small country, or the state of Kansas, offering me holiday happiness through an amazing array of stuff that I didn’t even know existed. Shuffled in with … [Read More ...]