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10 Inspiring Late Bloomers That Prove It’s Never Too Late

  Do you ever find yourself wondering… what’s next?   As in, what’s your next big move? Or big project? Or legacy?     If you’re pondering ways to make your golden years more fulfilling and purposeful, this article is about not selling yourself short.    Not only is it a total myth about aging […]

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Passion vs. Purpose – What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?

  Most people see passion and purpose like two peas in a pod.    So much so that they’re often referred to interchangeably.    But I’m gonna argue that passion and purpose are more like PB&J.    They’re individually so different from one another (not to mention, powerfully tasty on their own), yet combining the […]

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How and Why to Develop a Growth Mindset (As an Older Adult)

    If you’re familiar with my content, you may have come across my broken record message about neuroplasticity:   You can create new neural pathways in your brain until the day you die.   And just like any other muscle in your body, when it comes to your brain, you use it or lose […]


How to Declutter Your Home With 3 Simple Methods

    If you look around your home, do you feel like a minimalist with a complete sense of zen?   If not, don’t worry – you’re definitely not alone.   Most people don’t have a home with compartments that look like they’re straight out of a Container Store magazine.      (Especially if you […]

3 Hacks for Completing Your Unfinished Projects

  Sure, we all have a chunky list of ambitious interests, projects and goals in our head that we want to complete.    But do your intentions for the day actually work out?   Or does the daily minutiae get in the way and keep you from finishing all that you set out to do? […]

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How to Be Creative (In 5 Ways)

  There are several reasons why you need creativity in your life, especially as you age (five big reasons, in fact).   Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person, the good news is: you are creative.      That’s right. We’re all creative and your individual creativity needs to be unleashed and set […]

Why You Need Creativity (Especially as You Age)

  You’re sitting there ruminating on what brings you the most joy in life.    After all, you’ve had the extra time and space available (during social distancing, anyway) to reflect on such things.      Some questions that come to mind:   What’s my plan for the next couple decades? What should I be […]

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The power of virtual volunteering (plus 21 virtual volunteer sites)

  If you’re familiar with the 5 Rings of Retirement, one of the key ingredients for living an active, healthy and engaged lifestyle is “giving back.”       Which includes volunteerism and donating your talent and time to helping others.    Why is volunteering a worthwhile effort, especially in your retirement?   Plenty of […]

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How does music affect memory (and how should you use it)?

  According to Beethoven:   “Music can change the world.”         If you’re a fan of Bob Marley, his thoughts are:   “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”       Whether you believe music can heal the world or wipe out your aches, there’s […]

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10 Best home workouts for seniors

While hunkering down at home is an absolute must during our tragic pandemic, it’s vital that you find ways to stay active and healthy.    Under normal circumstances, sadly, people don’t get enough exercise.    Especially people over the age of 65.    In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), […]

How to stay connected during social distancing

With an increasing number of areas on lockdown, it’s worth bringing to the surface the idea of avoiding the replacement of one danger with another.    Here’s what I mean.    While social distancing helps us do our part in flattening the curve (yes, please do it), we don’t want Coronavirus to cause a loneliness […]

How to Stop Procrastinating (Using 4 Powerful Ways)

You’re sitting there dreaming of all the wonderful things you want to accomplish during your retirement…   You visualize your exciting plans and then start to think about what you need to do to make it happen.    You start grand and then go narrow, processing not only what you need to do this year, […]

How to Protect Against Cognitive Decline

If you’re worried about losing your cognition as you age, there’s a sound reason for it.   It runs rampant…      According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the US alone, the number of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and related dementias is expected to double to an unsettling 417 million […]

Why Are Older People Considered Boring – Is It the Culture or Is It the Truth?

Old people are boring – truth or myth?   While you can split hairs and say “it depends on the individual,” it’s certainly a broadly accepted stereotype that old people lead boring lives.    Here’s why: Humans fall into a serious habit of doing the same thing repeatedly.   You could even say a part […]

5 Ways to Be Fulfilled in a 55+ Community

Contrary to what you might imagine, life in a 55+ community can be robust and exciting.    In fact, a Holleran Consulting survey of 57,900 respondents revealed that nearly 90% of senior living residents rated their overall satisfaction as good or excellent and 84.5% would recommend their senior living community to other people.   If […]

How Adventurous Can You Be After 60?

You’re sitting there, staring blankly ahead and thinking to yourself… Where do I go from here?     Your so-called retirement years can either be a true sense of the phrase “golden years” or, sadly, the stereotypical boring bust.   To steer you toward the more exciting (and healthy) path, I’ve laid out four simple […]

Why You Need to Start Micro-Stepping Today

You’re sitting there feeling a bit unmotivated by the sheer amount of nothing that’s getting done.   And sure, there are a million things that you could do right now to work through your to-do list…   But you’re just not feeling it right now.     Why?   It’s not that you don’t have […]

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

  Prefer to watch helpful content? Watch the video here:   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 […]

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

  Prefer to watch helpful content? Watch the video here:   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 […]

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”

  Prefer to watch? Check out the video here:   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 […]

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 […]