“Use It — Or Lose It!”

By Stephanie Reinke, Ed.D. These are words we often hear in relation to our muscles; if we don’t use them, they will atrophy. It turns out, this old adage can be applied to our brains as well. Staying intellectually engaged is a great benefit to our health; especially as we age. The research is clear…learning

We All Need Somebody to Lean On

By Marlene Caraballo. It seems the older we get, the more alone we sometimes feel. Society pushes us to manage life all alone under the guise of independence; the marker for having made it. The push begins as kids, from the day we’re born, and continues in a long and pressured rush away from any

Traveling SOLO: Try It, You Might Like It!

By Shirene Hayes Photo credit: www.connorvision.com Do you love to travel? Do you love to travel by yourself? Perhaps by the time you finish reading this article, and subsequent articles about traveling by yourself at 50+, you may wish to consider solo travel for your next trip. Do not in any way misunderstand, I love

Colombian Coffee in Bogota

By Shirene Hays, Travel Enthusiast. Do you ever feel like there is so much travel to be had and so little time?  I sure do!  Hence, I live in a world of random and spur of the moment!  This last summer was my epic 55th birthday.  I decided five days before my birthday I was going to cross off of my

Getting Beyond the Fears that Hold Us Back

By Marlene Caraballo It’s the start of a new year, and you have an idea of what you’d like to make happen in the next twelve months.   If you’re like me, setting intentions and dreaming up goals is the easy part. Making them happen is where it gets sticky. Are you struggling with taking actions to make progress on

Mixing Photography and Painting to Create Unique Art

By Mary Staby   30 years ago I started hand-coloring black and white photographs. At first it was just a hobby… but I bought six pieces from Deb Dupont, an artist from Texas, and finally realized I need to learn how to do this.’ I am self-taught; there is nothing computerized or digital about my

This Year Can Be Your Best Year Ever!

By Marlene Caraballo   When I was a kid people said anyone over thirty was over the hill. Now, at fifty-four I call B.S. The “hill” is not any particular age and when we reach the peak is different for everyone. Being over the hill is a choice. Our choice. Midlife can be a time

Why Home May be the Assisted Living of the Future

Most older Americans want to stay in their homes for as long as they possibly can. Put in negative terms, almost all of us want to avoid moving into senior housing, at least until we have no other choice. But most also agree that assistance may become necessary as our capacities decline and our needs

Midlife Liberation — It’s Time to Go for It!

We spent our first twenty years growing up. Most of it we don’t even recall and much of what we experienced was not in our control. We spent the next twenty years traveling at light speed – marriage, kids, divorce, careers, pets, homes, disease – through more major life experiences than we could count. Now,

Elder Lawyer with a Banjo on his Knee

I’m an elder attorney. I help people age with dignity, grace and control. And at 67, I’ve just started a practice. What? When my curtain should be coming down, it’s just going up! I love my Act II, but what about Act I? I did my Act I as a musician. My band, The Shoppe,

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