MIT Aging Expert Says the Idea of “Old Age” is Made Up – and the Concept is Damaging Our Society and Everyone In It

Here at AgingOptions, as you know if you’re a regular reader of our blog, we seek out articles every week in order to spotlight various issues related to aging and retirement. But from time to time we encounter an article that seems truly groundbreaking and causes us to reflect on the idea of aging in…

Update on an Earlier Story: Ride-Hailing Services Offer the Promise of Mobility for Seniors, But For Now Most Won’t Use Them

A few years ago, we first came across articles promoting the benefits of ride-hailing services like Über and Lyft for seniors. As we explained in this article on the AgingOptions blog, re-printed last October, the ability to quickly and safely get a ride practically anywhere has the potential to be a game-changer for seniors no…

If a Someone You Love is Into These Worthless Collectibles, You Might Have to be the Bearer of Bad News

You probably have someone in your life – or maybe it’s you! – who has a prized collection of something or other that they are convinced is worth a lot of money. This person proudly displays their horde of treasures and often quotes online prices to “prove” how smart they were to start collecting this…

Innovative Program, Soon to Roll Out Nationally, Puts Meals on Wheels Volunteers on the Front Lines of Senior Health Care

Every day, Meals on Wheels volunteers serve more than 900,000 free meals to housebound seniors in need. Now, thanks to an innovative program that originated in San Diego, these volunteers are being equipped to serve as a kind of early warning system to alert authorities of health care concerns that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.…

When Helping Others Who Are Dealing with Grief, Your Actions Can Speak Much Louder than Your Words

As we age, there’s one inevitable reality we all face: we have to contend with the loss of friends and loved ones. This frequently means walking the journey of grief alongside someone who has just lost a spouse, sibling, parent or friend. Even for pastors and others trained in how to deal with grief, helping…

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…