Monthly archives: January 2013
A PARABLE FOR PEOPLE OUR AGE--AND THESE TIMES
Ronald W. Rogé
REMEMBER THE MOVIE, “The French Connection”? It was on TV the other day and I noticed it came out in 1971. I did some quick math and realized that was over 40 years ago. I mentioned it to my wife, Rosanne, and she said I had to be wro[...]
A LIBERATING FEELING—ALLOWING OTHERS TO BE WHO THEY ARE
ONE EVENING, WHILE GIVING A TALK at the local library on my favorite topic—how to find “simple happiness”—I was telling a story about a woman on my block who would never acknowledge me when our paths crossed. I would always give a[...]
PARENTING AT AN OLDER AGE
MOST OF US BABY BOOMERS GREW UP THINKING that if we worked hard enough and did the right things, we could have it all: a great career, a beautiful home and—eventually—children running around the back yard, while we sipped wine on the sun-splashed deck. [...]
OBTAINING LONG TERM CARE SHOULD NOT BE A LONG WAY OFF
ABOUT A YEAR AGO, when I was interviewed by the Family Entertainment Network on the dour subject of Long Term Care, the main thrust of the conversation was that no one discusses it until it’s too late: “What do we do now… that a p[...]
HOME SHARING OR 'INTENTIONAL HOUSING' —IS IT FOR YOU?
Andrea S. Gould
IT WAS 1979 WHEN I FIRST THOUGHT about creating “the Hive,” a form of sustainable living for when I am older, probably single, but still needing—and enjoying—the company of others. Looking back, I was wondering about how I wou[...]
THE NEW PARADIGM OF SUCCESSFUL SEARCHING
FOR ANYONE WHO’s LOST THEIR JOB, it’s easy to blame the economy (or whatever else), all the while waiting for someone to rescue you. What's not easy to accept—in spite of your decades of work experience—is that no one will be coming to your re[...]
TOURISM MEETS THE 'AGE OF ENGAGEMENT'
EVERYWHERE WE TURN TODAY, people are looking for more “engagement” in their lives—especially retirement-resistant baby boomers, who always seem on a restless search for more meaningful experiences. Not surprising, really, for a generation that [...]
ADOPTING A SECOND DOG, AND BEING THE ONE RESCUED
FOR THE SAKE OF LOOKING OR ACTING YOUNGER, we adults tend to do a lot of strange things: eye and face lifts, testosterone patches, yogic headstands, or adventure treks to Nepal.
But imagine if we could stay close to home, stay on our [...]
SEEKING HELP. AND FINDING IT.
IN TODAY’S SOCIETY, THE “SANDWICH GENERATION” often finds itself pulled in two directions, providing help for both younger and older members of their families. Our children, now returning from college, are having a hard time finding work, so they’re b[...]
WAYS TO MANAGE—AND EVEN PREVENT—ACUTE PAINS
LOWER BACK PAIN IS A PERVASIVE PROBLEM, afflicting 80% of adults at some point in their lives.
In the past, most medical experts thought of it as an acute, painful episode that was self-limiting and would get better in time, regardles[...]