Flora Davis

Flora Davis has written scores of magazine articles and is the author of five nonfiction books, including the award-winning Moving the Mountain: The Women’s Movement in America Since 1960 (1991, 1999). She currently lives in a retirement community and continues to work as a writer.

  • Memory Hacks November 8, 2022 by Flora Davis - When I was young, I could memorize epic poems with ease and recite the Gettysburg Address years after I learned it in school. I seldom forgot the names of books I’d read, the films I’d seen or who starred in
  • Is Old Age Overrated? October 14, 2022 by Flora Davis - Yes, that’s a joke. It has to be, in a culture where most people expect the worst of their later years. But that wasn’t me. I launched myself into my 70s and 80s with gusto. Lately, though, I’ve been wondering
  • Confessions of a Worrywart September 21, 2022 by Flora Davis - My mother used to do what I call “prophylactic worrying.” In the late afternoon every weekday, she’d worry about my father, who was driving home on a busy highway where there were lots of car accidents. She once admitted she
  • Just the Facts July 12, 2022 by Flora Davis - In this age of online falsehoods and conspiracy theories, it’s sometimes hard to figure out what’s true and what’s not, so I was fascinated when I read about a study done early in the pandemic. It set out to determine
  • Overdosing on Sleep June 10, 2022 by Flora Davis - I used to worry about my late husband because he spent so much time sleeping. Sometimes he’d log a solid eight hours overnight and then refuse to get up in the morning, dozing on until early afternoon. I assumed, as
  • Aging, Fast or Slow April 19, 2022 by Flora Davis - When my daughter became pregnant for the first time at 45—with no help from modern medicine—she was told she was probably aging slowly, since it’s rare for women to conceive at that age. She might even be a future centenarian. 
  • Confessions of a Night Owl March 22, 2022 by Flora Davis - Sometimes after midnight, as I start for bed, I look out my bedroom window and feel a pang of loneliness. I live in a retirement community, and in the many windows of the apartment building across the way, only a
  • Writing Our Lives February 15, 2022 by Flora Davis - As a journalist, I explored all kinds of subjects for magazines and book publishers, but I almost never wrote about myself—until I joined a writing group called Reminiscing on Paper.  Most other members were there because their adult children wanted
  • Inner Voices November 18, 2021 by Flora Davis - If nothing is going on around you and your thoughts are wandering, what do those thoughts sound like—or look like—inside your mind?  Everybody’s answer to that is probably different. According to an article in the Guardian, some deaf people don’t
  • The Geography of Ageism October 26, 2021 by Flora Davis - A recent study analyzed data from all 50 states (plus DC) and found that, when it comes to ageism, New Jersey is the worst.  I was astounded when I read that. I’ve lived in New Jersey for most of my
  • The Home Health Care Dilemma  June 3, 2021 by Flora Davis - In 2008, my husband, Mike, fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a disastrous brain injury. Afterward, he was like a five-year-old trapped in an 80-year-old body: he was impulsive, talkative, mischievous, stubborn and convinced—no matter how many times
  • A Diagnosis in Search of a Disease? May 11, 2021 by Flora Davis - Back in 2016, my doctor told me I was prediabetic: my blood sugar level was above normal, and if I didn’t do something about it, I could wind up with type 2 diabetes. That scared me. I know what a
  • I Swear March 26, 2021 by Flora Davis - “Good gravy!” When I came across that exclamation recently in an online essay, it fueled a whole train of thought.  Good grief Golly Gosh Criminy  Darn you Doggone it  These expressions have passed their use-by dates, as have those of
  • The Memories That Escape Me February 17, 2021 by Flora Davis - The other day, I took my cat to the vet. When we were done, I needed some prescription cat food from the practice’s pharmacy, and the vet’s assistant offered to collect it and meet me at my car. But then
  • What Was the Silent Generation Silent About? January 15, 2021 by Flora Davis - I’ve never much liked the fact that I’m part of the Silent Generation. Sandwiched as we are between the heroes of the Greatest Generation and the rebellious, idealistic Baby Boomers, we silents sound so boring.  And when I stopped to
  • Forest Bathing November 20, 2020 by Flora Davis - The house where I grew up had miles of woods behind it, and my brother and I spent a lot of time walking the paths there or hiding in the brush, pretending to be early settlers or Indians. Those woods
  • The Benefit I Earned October 22, 2020 by Flora Davis - I was thinking the other day about how thrilled I was, shortly after I turned 65, when I signed up for Social Security. It was a watershed moment, and my husband took me out for lunch to celebrate.  I was
  • Could a Drug Trial Be the First Step Toward Healthier Aging? August 25, 2020 by Flora Davis - Nine out of 10 Americans who are 75 and older have at least one chronic disease. More than two out of 10 of us have at least five. I’m talking about life-draining conditions like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and dementia—all,
  • 14 Things I’ve Learned from the Pandemic June 30, 2020 by Flora Davis - For weeks and weeks, thanks to the pandemic, I’ve not only been staying at home, I’ve been stuck indoors. In the huge retirement community where I live, we were asked in mid-March not to leave our apartments until further notice.
  • I’m Not Really a Luddite May 22, 2020 by Flora Davis - My kids complain because I seldom turn on my smartphone.  Not true. I turn it on whenever I’m expecting a call. But they don’t get that. Apparently, they’re on one side of a generational divide, and I’m on the other.