Healthy Aging: What is it and what can we do?

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I had the pleasure of presenting at a public education session on the new health reform law in Las Vegas recently sponsored by Families USA, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), and the N...

Smile: Your Key to Wellness

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Note:  Ray Craft died peacefully at home, on his 95th birthday, after many visits from family and friends. At the time of his death he was surrounded by family.  He lived a full life through...

The Village and Time Banking: A Model for the Future

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In October 2014, I wrote my article on the Village Movement. Originally started in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts in 2002, the Village concept arose out of community members’ de...

Adult Development and Social Isolation in Later Life

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Becoming an adult is quite a process. As I have observed over the years, many of us do not do it very well. What do I mean? Well I am going to start from the beginning. In my education at University o...

The Power of Adult Play

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I, like most adults, have placed work as more important and separate from anything resembling play. They are mutually exclusive! However, since I have left the university and have my own non-profit, I...

Empowerment: Taking Charge of Ourselves

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Great discussions and debate are occurring over health care costs and the role of government, ultimately impacting the Medicare program. Many say that they want less government, more self-control and ...

The Future of Old

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Most Americans have at least a sense that our nation’s population is undergoing an aging spurt as the Baby Boomers retire. But the story isn’t as simple as a demographic bulge inching steadily along a...

Retirement Living: The Who, What, Where, and How

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What is retirement? Retirement is the point where a person stops employment completely or a person may also semi-retire by reducing work hours. Traditionally, we have an image of retirement as sitting...

Active Aging: What is in store for us? 

As we age, don’t we want to be active? Active aging is living as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness. 2011 marked the year that the first boomer turned 65.  As the baby boomers ag...

Our Health Care System: How does it deal with Multiple Chronic Conditions? 

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Jeannette is an 89 year old and has five medical conditions that have required long-term treatment ― diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, arthritis and depression. She is discouraged and anxi...