As People Get Older, Friendships May Change

As people get older, they acquire new interests and hobbies, things that didn’t interest them, or occur to them, when younger. Who knew the philosophy professor would become a beekeeper or the social worker would reinvent herself as a wildlife rescuer? Life takes some curious twists and turns over the years. When a person, young or old, delves into new … Read More

The Aging Process Is Like A Stealth Missile

The aging process is kind of like a stealth missile. It creeps up on you when you aren’t looking and KABOOM! You’re old or getting really close to it. One day you realize you can’t wear the pants you’ve worn for years because … as a friend of mine said, “Where DID that stomach come from? It wasn’t there yesterday.” … Read More

Passing Gas? Relax, It’s Normal…

Fess up. You pass gas. Everyone farts. Some people are (obnoxious) world class farters and don’t care where they are when they let it rip or how badly their flatulence stinks. They cut loose with abandon, treating us all to a noxious experience. Lovely. Thank you. Thank you very much. Some could and should refrain from this gross noxious display … Read More

Do You Smile A Lot? You Should – It Can Extend Your Life!

Do you smile a lot? Rarely? If you are in the ‘rarely’ camp you may want to rethink your lack of smiles. If you do decide to smile more often it has to be a genuine grin to work its magic. Smiling on a regular basis can extend your life. Ah, get out of here! Yep. You can snatch an … Read More

Are You Playing It Too Safe?

A friend and I recently discussed the ‘fears’ we have acquired that we didn’t have when we were younger. For example, one person said she would no longer play softball in fear of getting hit in the face with the ball. This person was a good athlete and probably got smacked in the face with a ball more than once … Read More

What Is A Living Will And Why You Should Have One

People tend to avoid talking about certain things such as … death. It’s going to happen sooner or later folks, so no point in skirting the topic. Do you have a living will? Perhaps you don’t know what that is. It’s time you figured it out. A living will takes the burden off family members in regard to making monumental … Read More

You’ve Been Married HOW Long? How Did You Manage That?

Your son is about to get married. He’s anxious. He comes to you and nervously asks — you can see the fear in his eyes — “How in the world did you sustain a marriage for nearly four decades?” He’s actually wringing his hands. Well, how did you? The divorce rates are over-the-top and have been for years. How did … Read More

Osteoporosis: A Condition You Want To Avoid

As humans age, their bones become fragile and brittle, which sets the stage for painful fractures. Osteoporosis is a bone disease you do not want to acquire if you can avoid it. C.N.S.: My mom has this very badly. She has lost six or more inches in height. She is getting the hump on her back. She’s experienced fractures for … Read More

The OOPS! Baby

It is not unusual to see a family of four suddenly and unexpectedly expand to a family of five, with a huge gap in between the second and third baby. Often this is the result of a perimenopause oops! The woman is no longer having regular menstrual periods and thinks she is beyond her childbearing years (Surprise! Surprise! She wasn’t) … Read More

The Way You Smell: Does Your Smell Change As You Age?

I’ve heard people refer to that “Old lady smell.” It’s not necessarily an insult but it’s hardly a compliment. Antiperspirants, perfumes, scented shampoos and conditioners, toothpaste and mouthwash are big business because most people do not want to be associated with stench and are hyper vigilant about their cleanliness and how they smell. However, the older we get, the less … Read More