New Study Links Having a Strong Sense of Life Purpose with Living Longer, Staying Healthier

The late American psychologist Wayne Dyer once said, “If you are what you do, then when you don’t – you aren’t.” This little aphorism accurately describes the plight of many retirees. Their identity is so wedded to their work that, once they quit their jobs, that sense of identity disappears. In short, they’ve lost their…

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A Great Way to Boost Retirement Happiness: “Retooling Your Retirement” by Adjusting Your Attitude and Expectations

An article we just found on the USNews website provides a helpful perspective on “retirement realism” from a writer who has been there. Tom Sightings, retirement author and blogger, gives us some helpful ways to boost our happiness and banish our disappointments in retirement by what he calls “retooling.” You’ll find his insightful article here…

Attention, Boomers: We’re Not “Old,” and We’re Not “Elderly” – We’re “Perennials”

If you’re in your 60s or 70s, leading an active and engaged life, there’s probably one word you seldom use to describe yourself: “old.”  Most people in that age group simply don’t think of themselves that way!  But language does matter, and labels have a powerful impact, so maybe we active, aging boomers need a…

Having a Dog Can Be Great for Seniors, but Be Careful: Dog Walking Injuries are On the Rise

A dog is man’s best friend – we’ve all heard that a thousand times. What’s more, a dog can also be a senior’s best friend, providing companionship, encouraging sociability, and promoting healthy exercise. What could be wrong with that? Dog Walking Injuries Rise by 163 percent As it turns out, there is a downside to…

Despite Growing Connectedness, Millions of Seniors Face “An Epidemic of Loneliness” During the Holidays and All Year Long

Recently here at the AgingOptions blog we came across yet another reminder of just how lonely people are during the holidays. This recent article from CBS News featured a group interview with a diverse panel of men and women of all ages, with one common thread: they all describe themselves as being lonely. One study…

The Holiday Season is Upon Us – So Don’t Let Hype and Holiday Stress Rob You of Enjoyment

With Thanksgiving just past, the 2018 holiday season is definitely in full swing. If you ask just about anyone you know how they feel about this time of year, you’re bound to get an earful – from the office “Christmas elf” who starts listening to carols in July to the neighborhood Grinch who can’t wait…

Ride-Share Services Like Lyft and Über Could Help Alleviate Transportation Issues for Many Seniors

It’s interesting to find helpful, aging-related articles in unlikely places. At least, that’s how we reacted when we ran across this article that appeared a year or so ago on the political website Politico. As part of a special report called Aging in America, Politico published an insightful analysis on one possible solution to a…