The Twilight Saga and The Redemptive Power of Love

I used to be baffled by the hype about Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga.  I assumed the movies and books were designed for adolescent girls and as someone in middle-age, there seemed not one good reason to read about vampires and those who love them. After prodding from several (albeit younger) Twilight fans, I read the series and understood that this particular vampire story has a lot to offer regarding the power of love...


Age and Perceptions of The Economy

However you feel about the Occupy Wall Street protestors, it's clear that many boomers don’t get the outrage. Paul Campos of The Daily Beast offers a remarkably clear analysis of why.

Campos describes that professional boomers had a very different experience than younger people of today. He cites the high cost of education and more ominously, the difficulty procuring employment for younger professionals who are saddled with large amounts of debt. And in...


How To Embrace Life

Though my best writing is often not found in the form of blogs that provide mandates on easy behavioral changes—meaning articles like “how to transform your life in 7 easy steps” or “how to spice up your marriage in 3 simple ways,” I came across a very moving article that suggests a thought and behavioral experiment designed to encourage people to live in the moment.

The author of that article, Keith...


Can You Control Your Genes?

Many of us are concerned about how to protect ourselves from disease. Are there things we can do to ameliorate the role genetics play in the development of illness?

The answer may be yes.

A study reported in Scientific American offers hope about the control we have when it comes to fighting heart disease.

The authors of the study report that those who had a genetic marker for heart disease had...


What’s Fair? The Medicare Crisis

Medicare cuts are in the news again. Medicare payments are slated to be decreased in January, and the anxiety is already mounting. According to KUT news (a part of the npr digital network), one-half of doctors in Texas have said they will stop taking Medicare if the cuts are enacted.

Though this is alarming news, it is not necessarily surprising. Doctors have been quietly ceasing to accept Medicare for some time now, in large...


Why Are We Critical of Those Who Don’t Want Children?

This week I read one of the most interesting pieces of literary journalism I have come across in a while. Lisa Miller published an article in New York Magazine about people who have children at advanced ages—meaning people in the fifth decade of life.

The article raises a number of concerns about the uses of medical technology employed to have a baby later in life. As I have written about...


Aging is Hard: Denial May Be Harder

A recent report on  demonstrates the muddled reality of aging. Boomers report feeling younger than they actually are, but at the same time report difficulties of aging and illness.

If you are feeling confused, don’t worry. It’s complicated; but then so are the dynamics of denial. Consider this conflicting statement:  “The comparative data shows that the notion that Boomers feel seven years younger than their age has been consistent since 1993. What’s grown...


Aging, Illness and Self-Esteem

Although people can flourish as they get older, aging is difficult and requires us to manage a number of blows regarding the ways our bodies change and let us down. Among these difficulties are alterations in physical appearance, a feeling of less control over our bodies, susceptibility to injury and illness, and an increase in physical pain.

Aging and illness requires us to manage a number...


Do Older Women Receive Sub-Standard Medical Care?

A press release on 9-22-11 reports that older women are more likely to die of breast cancer. This finding may not be so surprising as age can be a factor in the outcome of many diseases, including cancer. The finding is striking however, because at least some older women are not receiving the same care as those who are younger.

The research team led by Professor Christos Markopoulos noted that they “observed that...


How To Talk About Illness: Part II

In my last article, I talked about some common ways loved ones are not as helpful as they could be when talking about illness. Although I previously emphasized illnesses that may be hard to notice, anyone with a visible chronic disease knows all too well that communication can falter among well-meaning friends and family. In this post, I will address some more common pitfalls and why they occur.

Friends and family are often terrified by...

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