ABCs of Vital Aging: Adventure

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The Three Adventurers!









I recently went on an adventure, thanks to my niece, Karen. She and my big sis are helping me celebrate my “60th birthday year” by planning all sorts of fun stuff to do.

The first fun adventure? Zip lining!  Now for you extremely adventurous people out there, this may not seem like such a big deal.  But for my niece and me, this was a big one.  It’s been on our bucket list for several years, but we never followed through with it.  But with my big 6-0 birthday coming up at the end of May, Karen thought it was about time we got  a move and crossed it off our list.   Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: Friendships

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ABCs of Vital Aging: Friendships







“You’ve got to have friends,” Bette Midler sang way back in the early seventies, and she sure had it right.  Truer words were never sung.

Whenever I go out for a girl’s night out with my two best friends (we’ve had a 46-year friendship, which tells you that I’m no spring chicken), we laugh, cheer each other on, and lift each other up.  When we were young, we’d go to parties, talk about our “crushes” on boys, and what dreams we had for our lives. Now that we’re of a certain age (not old, mind you, just “perfected”), we talk about how our husbands drive us crazy, brag about our kids and bemoan the aches and pains that come with age. Continue reading

Ted Talk Tuesday: Amy Cuddy & The Power of Body Language

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I remember an acquaintance of mine describing my walk as “determined.”  This was years ago, but I never forget her saying that.  It’s how I’ve lived my life since I was a little kid: determined to change my life. Determined to do something that made a difference.

When I’ve been depressed in the past, I recall walking with head down and shoulders slumped. When I feel good about how my life is going and I’ve done something I’m proud of, I can feel confidence in my walk, just by walking tall.  Our body languages speaks volumes! Continue reading

7 Ways Caregivers can Take Care of Themselves

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7 Ways Caregivers can Take Care of Themselves

Every airplane traveler hears the same refrain whenever they take a flight. In case of an emergency, always put on your own oxygen mask before helping another passenger. It’s the same when you’re a caregiver, caring for a loved one with a debilitating condition.  To take care of others, you first need to take care of yourself. Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: Leave a Legacy

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legacy, Marcus Aurelius, ABCs of Vital Aging








The quote above is one of my favorites.  How can you deny that waking up and appreciating the life you’ve been given is a great way to start the day? 

I never knew much about Marcus Aurelius, who authored this quote; I never met the guy.  How could I? He was a Roman Emperor who died in year 180 AD.  According to Wikipedia, he lived to the age of 58.  But he packed a lot of wisdom in during those years, in the form of his writings (Meditations). He wrote them in his own personal journals, never expecting them to be published.  Little did Marcus know that thousands of years later, into the 21st century, people would be reading Meditations in book format. They would also be quoting him on websites and blogs. Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: Traditions

Every year, in May, I go to the Eastern Market (a Farmer’s Market in Detroit, Michigan) with my sister and niece for our annual Flower Day week-end tradition. It’s a festival of colorful flowers of all varieties, along with fresh veggies and fruits. Amish baked goods tempt the taste buds. Street musicians play some sweet music, and of course, there’s the people watching. The streets are filled with people of all colors and creeds. Everyone is friendly and happy to be walking about, planning their gardens and looking for bargains.









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ABCs of Vital Aging: Giving Thanks


ABCs of Vital Aging: Thankfulness









In his book, Life’s Greatest Lessons, Hal Urban points out the importance of two words, Think and Thank, as they relate to gratitude.  First, it’s important to think about what we have, and appreciate those things.  Second, it’s just as important to thank the people in our lives who have created value in our lives.  Continue reading

Complaining and the Brain

What I know about complaining:  we all do too much of it. What don’t we complain about nowadays?  We complain that the roads are bad, yet when they’re being fixed, we complain about all the orange cones.  We all go to the supermarket on the week-end, then complain about the lines. We complain about our kids, our bills, our spouses and our weight. 









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Forgiveness for Vital Aging

Bernard Garr

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. (Marianne Williamson)

Another Father’s Day has come and gone, and again, I didn’t celebrate my father on Facebook as everyone else seems to do. But over the weekend, I heard that song by Mike and the Mechanics, The Living Years, and as usual, it got me thinking about my relationship with my dad.  Continue reading