Time to Retire Jokes about Age

Time to Retire Jokes about Age
We may be living longer but in a culture obsessed with youth, we confront ageism earlier in life than ever before, Marilyn Gardner observes in this article. Today, employees charging age discrimination in the workplace are typically still in their 40s. Gardner, a former staff editor and writer for the Christian Science Monitor, has written sensitively about work, marriage, families, aging and many other issues. Now retired, she’s writing a book. Her article was printed in the Monitor in 2004 and is reprinted with permission from the Christian Science Monitor.  Read more...


What Is Old Age For?

What Is Old Age For?
Old age is humanity's greatest invention, and on an even deeper level, it invented us. Old age transformed the way our most distant ancestors gave birth, reared their young, lived together, and fed themselves. Later it propelled the development of culture, language, and society.  Read more...


Looking for a Happy and Satisfying Old Age? Four Paths You Can Travel

Looking for a Happy and Satisfying Old Age? Four Paths You Can Travel
Imagine that researchers could tell you how to plot your way to a satisfying old age. Would you listen?  Read more...


Trading the Porch Rocker for Poetry: How Tim Carpenter Is Inspiring Creative Aging

Trading the Porch Rocker for Poetry: How Tim Carpenter Is Inspiring Creative Aging
When you’re talking to Tim Carpenter about how he envisions the future of old age, at some point it strikes you: he’s talking about older people as … people. They’re not “seniors.” They’re not “the 62-and-older crowd.” They’re not … other.

And this makes you think of how often older people are automatically pictured in a rocking chair. When you say 82-year-old, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds doesn’t seem to be painter, writer, student or mentor.  Read more...


Age, Trauma and Contentment

Age, Trauma and Contentment
Unaware of his accident or his dementia, my husband attributes his lack of short-term memory—the result of a traumatic brain injury that left him, at 75, like someone with advanced Alzheimer's—simply to aging.  Read more...


These Old Guys

These Old Guys
In 1984 when my wife and I bought our first house, I started watching the PBS home-improvement show This Old House to get some ideas on projects I might be able to do myself.  Read more...


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