This isn’t really about putting on makeup. When my mom puts on makeup these days I tell her she is beautiful just like she is. My grandson once told me after I put on makeup that he liked the old grandma better. Then again it might be about putting on makeup. I have friends who … Continue reading Put on Your Best Face
Back when I turned 21, I had reached the legal age for everything that was legal. I thought to myself, there isn’t really anything else to age for so why not stay 21. It was a silly notion. But I think I was somewhat serious. As the years passed I kept that mindset. I wasn’t … Continue reading Mindset
My siblings and I feel pretty good about our genes. We come from healthy folks who lived longer than the average life expectancy. There are healthier families but we feel fortunate to have pretty good genes. If your family history doesn’t feel as promising, it may feel like a waste of time to talk about … Continue reading Protect Your Genes
If you want to live to a ripe old age with your health intact it helps to have good genes. This is almost always a part of the discussion when my siblings and I talk about aging. Of course it is something we can’t take credit for but we still feel good about the fact … Continue reading Conard Genes
That is the first line in the book, In Defense of Food, by Michel Pollen. Eat food. He reminds us that today there "are thousands of other edible foodlike substances" available. He tells us that if we are concerned about our health we should avoid food products making health claims. I recommend this book. I … Continue reading Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
The Bible says that a merry heart does good like medicine. The Reader’s Digest borrowed that for one of their monthly features of reader anecdotes, Laughter Is the Best Medicine. Will laughing, enjoying life, really help us live longer? There are lots of studies that indicate it does. Maybe, it just makes life’s bitter pills … Continue reading Laugh Lots
I am still adjusting to the idea that my age will be seventy in a few short days. I didn’t expect to turn 30 or maybe even 20. So how did I get here on the threshold of old? And that begs the question, is seventy old? And, more importantly, how does one age well? … Continue reading Countdown to Seventy