I don’t celebrate a Thanksgiving Day only in November; I celebrate my Thanksgiving Day EVERY DAY. I am grateful for so many things! I would not be able to list all of them. During the day – and sometimes night – I say, “Thank You, Lord”…because I know where my blessings come from. First of all, my good health allows me to live alone and do whatever is needed during my days. THAT is such a wonderful gift! As I near my 84th birthday on December 1, I am arranging a book signing following a television guest spot on a station that covers a lot of the tri-state area of Alabama, Florida and … Read more
I am a firm believer in setting goals. Over the years I have achieved many of the goals that I set for myself. On the other hand, I have also missed a lot of them. I am sure that I’ve said this before but I believe that if you are achieving 100% of your goals, you are not to be complimented; you’re just not setting them high enough. Now having said all that, I keep wondering how old I have to be to achieve my goal of becoming a dirty old man. I recently celebrated my 81st birthday (well I didn’t exactly celebrate) and one of the thoughts I had was that I have still not yet … Read more
For women “of a certain age”, it may be time to rethink our style savvy. It starts with a realistic look in the mirror. We’re still beautiful … but we’re beautiful a little differently than we were in our 30’s and 40’s. Here are five quick steps to Fabulous … Reconsider color. Our hair is losing pigment, and even if we ”chemically enhance” it, we usually choose a softer shade. Our skin and eye colors are softening too – typically making the brighter clothing colors we used to wear look harsh. Best step: an updated color consultation with a pro. Interim steps: Soften your current … Read more
Michael E. Platt, M.D.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Another prime example of how women get abused in this country. There is no debate about the fact that women should be aware of breast cancer since it is approaching epidemic proportions. At the turn of the last century, the incidence of breast cancer was about 1 in every 94 women. It is now 1 in every 8 women. My contention about devoting a month to breast cancer awareness, is that it emphasizes the wrong approach to this problem. Few people can argue that it would be a lot more beneficial to promote a different concept and proclaim this month as … Read more
We sometimes say we want certain things and may, in fact, talk quite a bit about our ideas, but we don't take action to make them happen. Perhaps a more honest statement would be, "It would be nice, but I'm not willing (yet) to do what it takes." That's a better thing to say because it's authentic. Someone intent on success, whatever that means to them, makes a plan, figures out resources needed, and gets started, taking step after step until the outcome is reached. Intention sees obstacles as clues for what doesn't work and inspires us to ask, What might work instead? Many people are … Read more
I noticed I've been thinking a lot about death lately. I guess because I'm getting older and the future isn't as wide open and expansive as it used to be. It's like I'm reaching the crest of the hill of life, whereupon it’s all downhill from here on out. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying the ride down that hill (in a car without any brakes) to one's final destination (a drop off to the unknown) isn't fun, as such. I'm just saying that once you're hurtling down that hill in the Death Car of Life, the scenery is going by way too fast. Which is ironic because when you get older, you … Read more
John Paul Ouvrier
Hello everyone; blessings of wonderful health from the Wizard of Youth. I’d like to discuss a simple concept to keep your walking strength STRONG! In my travels, I meet many older adults who will tell me about their day and how they walked. Many times, especially within retirement communities, they will tell me that they walk while doing activities such as going to the mail box, going to dinner, etc. And while these walks to and from these events or errands are certainly commendable, they don’t do very much to keep you strong. Please let me explain. Let’s imagine that your … Read more
Barbara McNichol recommends giving Books for Treats, a nonprofit program that encourages giving new or gently read children’s books instead of candy at Halloween. Says its founder Rebecca Morgan, “With the burgeoning numbers of kids with diabetes and obesity, it’s time to shift Halloween treats to something that feeds their minds, not their cavities.” Giving books instead of candy not only helps raise kids’ interest in reading; it increases the feeling that the community cares about their future. Reading encourages curiosity, imagination, and life-long learning. The National Endowment … Read more
Bookshelf – Mary Lee Robinson
According to Mary Lee Robinson, 50% of happily married couples WILL become The Widow or Widower Next Door so, it’s not a question of if, but when one of you is alone. No one has figured out how to avoid that. Mary Lee joined that 50% in February 2013. Think you know what grieving the loss of a spouse is like? Are you uncomfortable talking about grief, yet more at ease discussing sex? You probably are, unless you have walked that path of loss yourself. Mary Lee and her husband had just relocated 11 months prior to their brand new home in the Low Country of the Carolinas when he suffered … Read more
Bookshelf – W.R. Klemm, Ph.D.
As most readers know, I am always looking to celebrate productive older men and women (I don't call them "seniors" -- I call them "matures") and W.R.Klemm, Texas A&M University professor qualifies -- big time. He is a solid gold "find". Razor sharp at age 80, Dr. Klemm can not only find his car keys every day, but he probably has some good clues to help you find yours. At an age when many of his colleagues have long since retired, Dr. Klemm, a neuroscience professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M is not ready for the … Read more
Are Doctors Over-diagnosing Memory Problems? *** Medications are main culprit of allergic deaths in U.S. comprehensive study finds *** Coffee Combats Tooth Loss *** Omega-3s Enhance Brain Cell Structure *** Study Questions 21-Day Quarantine Period For Ebola *** Positive Subliminal Messages On Aging Improve Physical Functioning In Elderly *** Cold Sores Increase Risk Of Dementia, Research Suggests *** Red Hot Competition As Placenta Businesses Jockey For Supremacy *** UK School to Fingerprint Children in Order to Monitor Their Diets *** If You're Over 60, Drink Up: Alcohol Associated With … Read more