We have all heard about how important it is to exercise, especially as we age. What we probably haven't considered is that exercise can actually improve a person's attitude toward aging and make them feel happier and fulfilled. The researchers gathered 240 sedentary women from ages 70 to 93. They were divided into three groups and were studied over a 6-month period, with the first group following an exercise routine, the second learning computer skills, and the third going about their lives as usual. By the end of the program, the physical exercise group showed significant improvement in their positive attitude toward getting older compared to those in the other groups. The findings are illuminating and very positive... keep reading for the details.
This article, written by a woman who never had children and was past regretting it, brings up an issue that lurks in the hearts of those who see their peers spending time with their grandchildren. Grandchild envy! During the child-bearing years, careers, travel, and romances took precedence for many women. But, seeing and hearing about others' grandchildren has engendered a new feeling...the desire to have an adorable little person to hug, play with, enjoy... and give back! If you don't have your own grandchild to spoil, what about finding a child who needs you? You can make a real difference and get all the good stuff, too.
As you enter your "encore" years, you might be considering a career change -- maybe leaving your present job and doing something completely different, even starting a business. You feel ready for change, but are unsure of what to do. Here are some helpful books to guide you. Some are practical, offering step-by-step basics, while others serve as motivation to just get out there and do it. Click here to see what interests you. And, speaking of next steps, check out this book review by Carolyn Walter, Professor Emeritus, Widener Univ.ersity, of Susan Abel Lieberman's "Getting Old is A Full Time Job: Moving on From a Life of Working Hard." There is a unique 12-task approach for dealing with "what's next."
All of us have dealt with the embarrassment of not remembering a person's name and fumbling through a conversation. Are you losing your memory? No. It has to do with names themselves and not impending senility. This article suggests that names are really "arbitary and meaningless" and need to be linked with something else to keep them in mind. Try joining a person's name with their occupation or thinking of something humorous or vivid when you meet. Repetition also works: if you repeat someone’s name back after introductions and use it at least once in conversation, it can can help fix it in your mind.