Perspectives on Aging

4 Important Things We Get Wrong About Aging, According to a Longevity Expert

4 Important Things We Get Wrong About Aging, According to a Longevity Expert

At a time when people are living longer than ever before, it is important that we question our traditional assumptions about what aging should look like. Madeline Haas is spot on here with her recommendations for reframing our vision for aging and retirement.

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Prevention
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Ageism: The Elephant in the Room

Ageism: The Elephant in the Room

"Ageism," or the negative stereotypes of aging, is deeply embedded in the world today. It affects how older adults are seen by others and how they see themselves. It affects public policy and access to goods and services. As you navigate the environment of Aging in America, are you seeing examples of ageism? The WHO has declared 2020-2030 "The Decade of Healthy Ageing." The world is listening. We can all be part of the conversation for positive change.

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Times of Malta
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Don't Let Ageism Define You

Don't Let Ageism Define You

Your beliefs about aging can add or subtract 7 1/2 years to/from your life. Read Becca Levy, Ph.D's fascinating research.

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NPR
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Emergency Planning for Solo Agers

Emergency Planning for Solo Agers

Solo Agers need a more deliberate plan for emergency preparedness. Read more for some helpful tips

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Next Avenue
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Feeling lonely, unhappy can accelerate aging more than smoking

Feeling lonely, unhappy can accelerate aging more than smoking

Researchers have created a new "aging clock" that how a variety of factors may make one "older" than their chronological age suggests.

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The Hill: Changing America
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Finding Purpose in the Afternoon of Life

Finding Purpose in the Afternoon of Life

Carl Gustav Jung wrote “…the afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only its meaning and purpose are different.” This article explores finding, creating, and enjoying your purpose in life.

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Psychology Today
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How to Make Health Care Less Ageist

How to Make Health Care Less Ageist

There are so many examples of ageism in healthcare. Some are big, like ordering unnecessary medical tests. Some are comparatively small, like using diminutive language when speaking to an older adult. None of these are ok.

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Next Avenue
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I don't need the money anymore. If I like a project, I do it.' Seniors find satisfaction in self-employment

I don't need the money anymore. If I like a project, I do it.' Seniors find satisfaction in self-employment

Many seniors are turning to contract work or entrepreneurship after they retire. With so many of us living longer lives, this trend leads to greater financial security and improved mental health outcomes. Putting to use ones accumulated skills and knowledge adds purpose to retired life. While being your own boss gives you the freedom.

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Morningstar
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Let's end ageism

Let's end ageism

I love Ashton Applewhite's direct approach in talking about age, ageism, and the implicit bias that we all have. Aging is not the same for everyone and it is not all negative.

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TED
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Must be ‘fit and active’ or ‘digital native’: how ageist language keeps older workers out

Must be ‘fit and active’ or ‘digital native’: how ageist language keeps older workers out

Studies again and again reveal discrimination in hiring based on age. This is particularly concerning as we reimagine what retirement should look like and consider the rising cost of healthcare over longer lifetimes.

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Marketwatch
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Standing Alone: Living with Family Estrangement

Standing Alone: Living with Family Estrangement

Family dynamics change over time. Even relationships full of love can also be marked by hurt, feelings of abandonment, or resentment. When family relationships are strained or estranged, where can you turn for support?

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Next Avenue
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The Negative Effects of Elderspeak

The Negative Effects of Elderspeak

Speaking down to older adults can contribute to low self-esteem and decline, particularly in those with dementia.

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Next Avenue
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Turning a Gravestone into an Interactive Life Story

Turning a Gravestone into an Interactive Life Story

In a loving attempt to honor his father, this man created a QR code for his father's tombstone that opens a loving tribute when scanned with a smartphone. He has been flooded with requests from others hoping he can create the same for their loved ones.

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