Do you see the real person, or just what you want to see?

“Uniqueness is what makes you the most beautiful.”  ~ Lea Michele I was re-reading one of the late Stephen Covey’s books and a story caught my eye.   The story is about what he calls a “paradigm shift”, but that’s too complicated for me.  I just call it “perspective” or “how you look at the world”…. Read More »

Imagining Your Own Retirement Utopia

Joseph Coughlin, director of MIT Agelab, a “multidisciplinary research program that works with business, government, and NGOs to improve the quality of life of older people and those who care for them,” has created an imaginative, interactive map of his vision for the future of retirement living. With spaces for “drone delivery,” intergenerational learning centers, and… Read More »

“There’s nothing that quite compares to an animal.”

Furry Tales is a program put on by the Stepney City Farm, home to guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, and ferrets. The program provides a weekly “animal-assisted-activities” social club at the farm for anyone who lives in the city and happens to be over 65. For people who can’t make it out to the farm, they… Read More »

Are You Experiencing “Encore Adulthood”?

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the cohort is finding itself in a brand new position. Boomers are reaching retirement age but not retirement mindset. Whether because of financial necessity, an energetic spirit, a simple desire to keep working, or something else, people are continuing to remain in the workforce for years beyond typical retirement age…. Read More »

Rapper Jay-Z Put His Estate Plans into a Song

Jay-Z, husband to superstar Beyoncé and a successful rapper-turned-business mogul, has released an estate planning themed song on his new album. The song is called “Legacy,” and it starts out with a recording of Jay and Beyoncé’s young daughter, Blue Ivy, asking, “Daddy, what’s a will?” The rest of the track is Jay-Z’s answer, containing… Read More »

Retirement Community or Back to School… or Both?

Aging Wisdom blogger, Jim Waun, recently penned a post comparing his experience in a retirement home to that of his father’s. He shared his father’s frustration with feeling unstimulated and even bored at his home. A ceaseless series of card games, scheduled forced interactions, and repetitive exercise classes create an image that would have anyone… Read More »

Many People Who Provide Care Don’t Realize They Are “Caregivers”

“I didn’t even know I was a carer, even though I do it 24/7.” That’s how one Tweet put it, prompted by a presentation at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics conference. The presentation was entitled, “Coming Out as a Caregiver,” and the sentiment is far from rare. Taking care of a parent, spouse, sibling,… Read More »

Half of Penalized Nursing Homes Continue Giving Poor Treatment

Patients falling out of wheelchairs, taking medicine meant for their neighbor, or being bullied by staff members are nightmare situations that should never occur at a nursing home. Nursing homes face fines and restrictions when they violate safety rules in order to prevent these things from happening. Unfortunately—and outrageously—many homes continue to violate patients’ safety… Read More »

What Was in U.S. Founding Fathers’ Wills?

In honor of the month of our country’s independence, shared some of the founding fathers’ wills. Here are some of the interesting items they passed down. 408 Diamonds. It’s no surprise that our country’s founders were wealthy men, but Benjamin Franklin‘s 408 diamonds left to his daughter came with a contingency: she was not… Read More »