Midlife is the most crucial time to concentrate your efforts in creating your best future life.
If you have a genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association Annual Conference in July gives some hope.
As more family members pass on, I feel the loss of their stories. We think we’ll remember the tales we heard as children, but we often don’t.
I hosted a birthday party for my mother’s 85th, and never had so many comments about how much fun it was for the guests. Using my experience as a gerontologist, I incorporated ideas from reminiscence and activity training to create a multi-generational event.
Entrepreneurs over age 50 are the most likely to succeed with their new business. Years of experience, combined with more savings, give the midlife business owner an advantage over the twenty-somethings who get most of the media exposure. It makes sense to create a side hustle to supplement your day job to protect against sudden […]
There’s a big difference between reading social media updates and reading a book. It’s like taking the escalator instead of the stairs. Surface reading, skimming, and link-clicking all take away the ability to focus our complete attention. Deep reading is a cognitive activity that could affect the way you age. People who read books may […]
I don’t love cooking. “What’s for dinner?” is one of my least favorite questions. Do I not care about food, or am I just lazy? Probably a little of both. My dream is to have a Jetson’s kitchen where you tell Alexa to produce dinner.
If you’re in midlife, it’s time to take stock…Establishing a baseline now to assess your current situation, evaluate future risks, and modify daily habits increases the chances that you will end up where you planned.
Atomic Habits by James Clear is the perfect book to read to start a new year. He presents strategies and tools, developed from years of personal experimentation and research, to create good habits and stop bad ones. A prolific blogger on this topic at JamesClear.com, his habit of consistent writing led to his success in publishing. He […]
A thousand small everyday jobs and decisions take up our time and distract us from our goals. I’m always looking for a better way to accomplish daily tasks and big projects. Hard to believe I’ve been an Amazon customer since 1998 but it’s been a game-changer from the beginning. By far, my favorite thing about […]
Organize by task rather than grouping like items together. Better organization means less daily stress and more time to do things you like. In a recent Happier podcast, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft gave a listener’s tip to put workout clothes together, socks and all, in the drawer to simplify going to the gym. Gretchen […]
What have you always wanted to learn to do, master or investigate? There are many mental gyms for a brain work-out.
Behavior and Smart Living Lifelong learning helps build new connections in the brain. Reading a news article or doing a crossword puzzle isn’t enough. The kind of learning you did in school created new neural connections. We need novel information that takes effort to encode to exercise the brain. “A critical requirement for neuroplasticity to […]
Smart Living and Behavior “Never label anything miscellaneous,” advises Gretchen Rubin in her new book, Outer Order, Inner Calm. If your entire home is one big miscellaneous, this is the book for you. Outer Order, Inner Calm is a short book of actionable suggestions about de-cluttering combined with the reasons why you should follow them. […]
If you want to live longer and better, invest in friendship. Having friends is “the single most important factor influencing our health, well-being, and happiness,” according to Oxford evolutionary psychologist and anthropologist Robin Dunbar. The Dunbar number (150) is the average number of people one can effectively manage stable social relationships with at one time. […]