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Why you need to practice gratitude regularly – starting now

  What are you thankful for?   If the answer rolls right off your tongue, science tells us you could be in pretty decent shape on several levels.     As leading life and business guru Tony Robbins puts it: “Gratitude is the antidote to the things that mess us up. You can’t be angry […]

3 Simple Ways to Avoid an Unhealthy Retirement Life

  Quick fun fact: On average, seniors are watching 47 hours and 13 minutes every week.   This is a sign that our elder generation is at risk for living sedentary lives and being disengaged from the world, even if watching TV makes them feel like they’re staying in touch.   But it’s no fault […]

3 More Reasons to Avoid the Nursing Home and Live an Active Purposeful Lifestyle Now

  It’s pretty obvious that most people want to age in the comfort of their own home and avoid having to eventually move to a nursing home. An AARP study shows that 90% of seniors want to stay in their homes as they age even when they need assistance And another study by Clarity and […]

9 Morning Routine Ideas for a More Purposeful Retirement Life

With all the scary stats on the rise among seniors – like Alzheimer’s, loneliness, depression, divorce and nursing home occupancy… signs are pointing to our culture not promoting the idea of living a more active, healthy and engaged lifestyle as you age deeper and deeper into your retirement.   The media and our culture push […]

3 Home Modifications to Consider for “Aging in Place”

It’s never too early (or too late) to start planning your future home so that it can accommodate your changing needs as you age.   According to AARP, when it comes to “aging in place”: 87% of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age 71% of adults […]

4 Simple Exercises to Help You Find Clarity During Your Retirement Years

  Most people, baby boomers in particular, go through their lives living a life of duty. They spend most of their decades dedicating time, focus and energy to their families and jobs… which is a completely noble and necessary role.   Unfortunately, before you know it, your original dreams are locked up somewhere deep inside […]

5 Science-Backed Reasons Why Being Social is Good for Your Health

  There are so many studies that tell us social interaction is important and good for your health and overall well-being, specifically among senior women.     Conversely, here’s what could happen if you neglect your social well-being:   45% increase in risk of death (source) 59% greater risk of mental and physical decline (source) […]

5 Lifelong Learning Benefits That Could Change Your Future

  Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”   Henry Ford said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”   And then there’s Albert Einstein, who said, “Once you stop learning, you start […]

4 Hidden Truths About Aging That Could Be Holding You Back

  Dreading the aging process?   Aging is certainly not glamorized in the media and there’s even some ageism ingrained in our pop culture, so don’t fret if you are indeed afraid… you’re not alone.   But some of the fear can stem from myths and misbeliefs that could be holding you back from living […]

The Importance of Sleep + 11 Sleep Tips

  Sleep is so important for everyone…   And for seniors it’s recommended that a healthy adult should shoot for 7-9 hours of rest per night.   As your body gets older it becomes more susceptible to disease and it’s also at a higher risk for injury. Your body needs adequate time to rest and […]

6 Steps to Finding Your Sense of Adventure and Creativity

  There are a few myths about aging circulating out there, and here’s one of them: aging makes you less adventurous and less creative.   This is so not true.   Let’s quickly debunk with these impressive seniors who hit their adventurous and creative strides well past their 6th decade:   Mountain climber, leadership guru […]

5 Key Ingredients for an Active, Healthy, Engaged Lifestyle

  Wikipedia defines “successful aging” as: physical, mental and social well-being in older age.   Authors of Successful Aging: The MacArthur Foundation Study, John Rowe, MD and Robert Kahn, PhD define it as the cross-section between three components:   Good health, low risk of disease and disability High mental and physical functioning Active engagement with […]

9 Ways to Help Manage the Painful Grieving Process

  This isn’t the easiest topic to cover, but it’s such an important one… so I’m willing to get uncomfortable in the hopes of providing you with some helpful info for when you have to go through the insanely tough grieving process.     What makes it super tricky is not only the depth of […]

6 Reasons Why Your Morning Routine is Everything

There’s so much proof behind why your morning routine is so important. As I researched this topic, I found most of the info out there about the impact of morning routines to be targeted toward business-minded people who are working towards peak career success.     That’s great and all, but what about seniors and […]

Do These 4 Things and You’ll Be on Your Way to Successful Aging

  Sure, we all want to age successfully…   But our culture fosters some ageism, where we’re oftentimes afraid of growing old and can be in denial about it.   Aging is certainly not glamorized in the media nor the marketing and advertising space, and instead, this is a common anti-aging perspective:     With […]

A 9-Step Guide to Increase Your Neuroplasticity and Growth Experiences

  You can create new neural pathways until the day you die.   Why does this matter?   Like any other muscle in your body, you either use is or lose it. So keeping your brain engaged and consistently rewiring itself is key to not only your long-term cognitive functioning but also your overall well-being. […]

Fight Loneliness with These 8 More Simple Tactics – Part 2

  Loneliness is such a big deal, especially among seniors, which is why I broke up this topic of fighting loneliness into two parts.   Plus, I believe in making real progress using micro-steps and tackling items one at a time, so I didn’t want to overwhelm with too much info at once.     […]

Fight Loneliness with These 9 Simple Tactics – Part 1

  Loneliness among seniors is no joke.   According to AARP’s Loneliness Study, which surveyed older adults aged 45+:   Over 35% of older adults are lonely Loneliness is a significant predictor of poor health   The report also found that lonely people are less likely to be involved in social events, which too can […]

7 Myths About Aging That Could Be Hurting Your Potential

  Are you fearing the aging process?   If yes, you’re definitely not alone, especially in our culture with so much ageism happening.   That’s why I’ve put together these top seven myths about aging… to debunk and demystify the fear around some of the common misconceptions that our society may scare us with.   […]

A Reference Guide: 20 Top Volunteer Websites to Help You with Your Search

  With all the research that tells us volunteerism is good for your physical and mental health, it’s important to make giving back a priority in your life especially during your so-called retirement years. And giving back not only gives you a sense of purpose but it also provides a sense of fulfillment by making […]

7 Steps to Finding the Right Volunteer Opportunity

  Why is finding the right volunteer opportunity important? Giving back is such a core part of our well-being and sense of purpose… and oftentimes it isn’t until we’re faced with an open-ended transition period that we’re pushed to reflect on what we’re actually contributing to the people and world around us.   What are […]

The Importance of Social Interaction for Seniors

  Before diving into the benefits of social interaction for seniors, let’s quickly look at a few detrimental outcomes that result from not being social. Look at these terrible consequences that can result from being socially isolated:   Loneliness – the topic of loneliness deserves its own article altogether, but the main takeaway in this […]

7 Critical Factors for Aging in Place

  There are so many things we do today that impact how we live in the future.   And they’re not obvious.   These are tiny incremental habits that we carry out each day, unnoticed and unfortunately for most of us, unintentional… until one day we look up and see how we’ve drastically impacted the […]

9 Music and Memory Studies, Plus Key Takeaways

  There are too many signs that point to music as being good for our brains, more specifically our memory.   I’ve gathered info from nine music and memory studies to help you better understand the effect of music on the brain. The takeaways can help you think of creative ways to incorporate the benefits […]

11 Achievable Alzheimer’s Prevention Tips to Implement Now

  Check out these seven frightening stats: Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US killing more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined (source). Between 2000 and 2014, deaths from Alzheimer’s rose by 89%, while deaths from heart disease – the number one killer in the US – fell by […]

19 Tips for an Amazing Life After Retirement

  Life after retirement doesn’t always end up looking like what you imagined.   What we’ve been trained to imagine There’s all this hype about crossing the finish line and immediately settling into an epic life full of zest, money, happiness, romance and adventure.   Our society has convinced us that if we simply pack […]