September,  2008

Barbara Morris: Is John McCain Too Old to be President of the United States?

The answer is, who knows? Was Ronald Reagan too old when he became president? It could be argued that yes, he was too old because he acquired Alzheimer's Disease and we don't know the time of onset and how it may have affected decisions he made while in office. However, you don't have to be "old" to get Alzheimer's. It's afflicting people in midlife at an alarming rate.

A friend and I were discussing the presidential race and she said she didn't worry about McCain's age. Yes, she was aware that statistically, chances of his not making it through his term in office are greater than if he were twenty years younger. However, he could be twenty years younger and die from a heart attack.

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Mary Lloyd: What Color Is Your Retirement Attitude?

There are two ways to look at retirement—gray and silver.  

So much of what we assume about this stage of life comes from what happened to Mom and Dad or Grandpa.  They retired and traveled.  They retired and took up woodworking…or quilting….or golf.  They retired and took a backseat to what was going on in the rest of the world.  They retired and pretty much disappeared.  Gray isn’t very noticeable.  Or very interesting.  Eventually, they were gone but usually long after they’d been forgotten by the culture.

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Joyce Shafer: Choosing Faith, Choosing Fear, and Field of Dreams – A Personal Story

Before “What the Bleep” . . . before “The Secret” and any other similar movie since . . . there was a film that provided The Key. And, it was so subtle (yet obvious, now) I only just got it nearly two decades later. And, just when I needed it.

If you’re not familiar with the movie, “Field of Dreams,” I suggest you get it. The lead character, Ray Kinsella, is a man who has a wounded heart and mind.

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Dr. Bronner Handwerger, a San Diego Naturopath, has made a series of videos that are exceptionally good. I've chosen four of them for you to watch, including one about andropause for male subscribers. The other videos are about human growth hormone, bioidentical hormones, and hypothyroidism.

Links for September

There are some good ones you won't want to miss. Cosmetics for $1.00? Is your chest showing sun or age damage? If so you will want to check out this solution.  Oh, and for the fastidious guys -- how about an "intimate wash"? I know some of you are interested in recipes. Now is your chance to grab some great ones gratis from Jane Butel, author of Real Women Eat Chiles.  Go here for all the links.

Who Controls Your Thinking?

Why do we develop “old" thinking and behaviors? 

In addition to the influence of archaic conventional wisdom and consensus thinking about how we ought to be at a given age, we develop "old" thinking and behaviors through observation and emulation of "old" or "older" people we associate with most frequently. They could be family members, close friends, neighbors, or co-workers.. "Oldness" is insidious and viral. You really have to watch what you allow into your head and adopt as your own. 

Does someone in your family insist on being catered to not because of an infirmity but because "I've done for others all of my life, and now it's time for others to do for me"? Grandma did it, so you do it, too. We should do for our elders, but not when elders are perfectly capable of doing for themselves. It's unkind and unwise to encourage dependence. If entitlement or other "old age" behavior causes unhappiness in your family, it can stop with you.

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I Need Your Thoughts . . .

My new book, No More Little Old Ladies! will be available soon. I'm thinking about writing another book for men, tentatively titled, No More Grumpy Old Guys.

The thing is, I don't know if there is enough material for a book because frankly, I believe it's easier for a man to avoid becoming a grumpy old guy than it is for a woman to avoid becoming traditional little old lady.

Please help me out. What do you think contributes to the condition? Do you think there is a solution, and if so, what is it? I'm not looking for scientific answers -- common sense suggestions, humorous if possible, will help. Email me your thoughts:  Just write "grumpy" in the subject area. Thanks for sharing.

Take the Survey

Please click on Aging Angst and give me your thoughts about aging. In response to the two questions, bloviate as much as you like. Thank you.

San Diego Union Tribune

The Tribune picked up on my crusade for post retirement productivity. Read it here

About Your Editor

Hi, I'm Barbara Morris. My subscribers know who I am but if you just stumbled across the newsletter, I'm the resident pharmacist, opinionated ageless diva and knower of all things dealing with aging. I'm Putting Old on Hold and if you stick with me, I'll help you do it too!

Why This Newsletter?

The purpose of this newsletter is to help mid-life and younger women understand that they have the power to manage their aging process. Even with unforeseen life events, women can determine 70 percent of the state of their mental and physical condition 25 or more years into the future. It's all about developing a vision, and having the will to plan and prepare.

This newsletter is also intended to inspire women of every age, to motivate and provide tools to aid the worthy quest of healthy agelessness.

Recommended Links for books and other good stuff

Staging Your Comeback: a Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45 by Christopher Hopkins

The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones by Michael E. Platt, M.D.

Don't Stop the Career Clock- Rejecting the Myths of Aging for a New Way to Work in the 21st Century by Helen Harkness, Ph.D.

Bold Retirement- Mining Your Own Silver for a Rich Life by Mary Lloyd

Write, Get Published and Promote by Joyce Shafer

If you have a favorite book it can be included here. Please allow your name to be used as the person who made the recommendation.

"If you expect the best, you will be the best. Learn to use one of the most powerful laws in this world; change your mental habits to belief instead of disbelief. Learn to expect, not to doubt. In so doing, you bring everything into the realm of possibility."  -- Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Thanks to Leslee Beldotti (who manages my Put Old on Hold website) for her patience and suggestions as I've struggled with the new newsletter format. If you need a computer whiz she's the person to contact.


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