How Nearly Dying Killed My Fear of Death

As a child, I was the helpless prey to a host of fears. I was afraid of going to school, afraid of coming home from school, afraid of night, morning, Brussels sprouts, long underwear, regular underwear, showering, people and, strangely enough, singer Pat Boone. Of all the things that frightened me, Number One on my…

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Originally posted 2017-04-26 08:34:43.

A Simple Formula for Growing Young

(This essay has been reprinted with permission from the publishers of 80 Things to Do When You Turn 80, edited by Mark Evan Chimsky and released in March 2017. Betty Finney is the author of Growing Young.) In the past, men and women searched futilely for the Fountain of Youth. But they looked in all…

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Originally posted 2017-04-24 08:45:18.

To Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s, Think Before You Eat

(This article appeared previously in Kaiser Health News.) Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition. The latest version is the Canadian Brain Health Food Guide, created by scientists in Toronto. Another, the MIND (Mediterranean DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet, comes…

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Originally posted 2017-04-21 08:46:51.

The ‘Dude’ Approach to Dementia

“Did I know you were coming today?” “Yeah, Mom. I wrote you a letter.” (The same letter that’s sitting right there on your kitchen table in your assisted living apartment — unopened.) As dementia slowly erased the strong, smart woman who was my mother, I was fortunate to live close enough to visit a couple…

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Originally posted 2017-04-20 08:56:29.

Could an E-Bike Extend Your Life?

(This article appeared previously on Tech50plus.com.) To e-bike or not to e-bike? That is the question too many people ask when they hear about electric bicycles (ones that can either run on electric power or be pedaled). A better question is: to e-bike or not to bike at all? That’s the choice facing a lot of…

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Originally posted 2017-04-18 08:34:04.

A Second Chance for Singers Over 55

On a chilly spring Saturday afternoon, a group of singers gathered at the Mama Foundation for the Arts,  located in a tony brownstone in Harlem. Keyboardist Edward Cleghorn, Jr. warmed up on the stage at the far end of the living-room-cum-rehearsal-hall. Gold theatrical curtains lined one wall. The group sat in a semicircle, bantering with…

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Originally posted 2017-04-13 09:51:54.

Manilow’s News Is No Triumph for Aging Gays

When Barry Manilow came out in People magazine last week at the age of 73, the overwhelming reaction was, “Wait. Barry Manilow was in?” Manilow’s sexuality has been such a poorly kept secret in show business that no one even knew it was a secret. And the truth is that, for years, Manilow has been…

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Originally posted 2017-04-12 08:31:48.