Living to 100 Blog: Staying Young at Heart and Young at Mind

  • Book Launch: Living Longer IS the New Normal

    For nearly 40 years, I have worked as a psychologist with older adults, their families, and staff. And now, in line with my continued focus on aging, I have a new book out, published on Amazon: Living Longer IS the New Normal. In the book, I attempt to bring my experience and observations to steps that older adults can take to define themselves as strong and resilient, and capable of seeing a positive future. I like to think that it offers inspiration about aging and brings perspectives to the reader that help with living a long, healthy life, and knowing ...
  • What is the COVID-19 Virus Exposing about Our Society and the Human Condition?

    Ring the bell that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack, A crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in
    That’s how the light gets in
    That’s how the light gets in.
    LEONARD COHEN, Anthem
     

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the world as we know it, on mortality and hospitalizations, businesses, personal and social gatherings, ...

  • How Do We Manage Setbacks that Accompany Advancing Age?

    Successful aging involves maintaining as healthy a lifestyle as possible, watching our eating habits, staying physically active, having a sense of purpose, religious or spiritual ties, staying connected to family or a social group, and maintaining a positive mental attitude. But what happens when a detour comes along on our successful aging journey?
  • Crossing the Digital Divide

    Today, I had an opportunity to listen to the first Future Proof audio program of the American Society on Aging (ASA). The featured guest was Ken Dychtwald, psychologist, gerontologist, owner/creator of Age Wave, and for 40 years, a great role model for those working in the field of aging. Ken was interviewed by Peter Kaldes, the incoming President of ASA, for their discussion of “Aging in the Time of COVID-19”. Here are some of the points Ken made during the interview:
  • We're All in this Together: But, Are We Really?

    We hear this phrase repeated time and again, from newscasters, public officials, politicians, and countless others. Proclaiming that “We are all in this together” is a way to stress the fact that everyone is suffering through the lock downs and social distancing, at least in those U.S. states and other countries that have implemented these measures, with the implication, of course, that no one is alone, and we will survive and recover from this pandemic together. But, every time I hear these words of support, I think of all of the people who must disagree. 
  • Sobering Thoughts on Living to 100

    These are unsettling times. Everything we do is colored by this backdrop of a public health crisis, worldwide. It is very difficult to talk about successful aging and longevity when the threat of the Covid-19 virus is so virulent, and so threatening to our usual way of life. The numbers change every day, and many, many lives are being cut short, prematurely. Young and old, famous or not famous, patient ...

  • Exploring Supportive Environments for Older Adults: The Top Takeaways from the Radio Show with Dr. Addie Abushousheh

    One of the recent guests on the Living to 100 Club radio program was someone with combined expertise in architecture, aging, and applied research, who spoke about supportive environments for older adults. The conversation with Dr. Addie Abushousheh highlighted new developments in health care design in hospitals and long term care settings. Here are the top takeaways from this episode:
  • The Blue Zones Lessons in Longevity: The Top Takeaways from the Radio Show with Dr. Nick Buettner

    An early episode of the Living to 100 Club Radio program invited Nick Buettner, who with his brothers designated five regions of the world as Blue Zones. These regions are notable for having the highest number of centenarians living there, compared with other countries. After studying the regions and the commonalities among the oldest of the old who lived there, the Buettners identified several characteristics that appeared to contribute to living longer. Nick Buettner spoke about the ...
  • A Paradigm Shift in Alzheimer's Disease: The Top Takeaways from a Radio Show with Dr. Gary Rosenberg

    One of the leading scientist-researchers in vascular dementia was a guest on the Living to 100 Club Radio show last December, who discussed the latest findings on the assessment and treatment of dementia. Among other subjects, Dr. Gary Rosenberg from the University of New Mexico highlighted a growing interest among researchers on  “mixed dementia, ” a combination of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. This appears to manifest as a more damaging and rapid ...
  • Better Habits, Better Health: Top Takeaways from Radio Show with Dr. Michael Howard: Join the Livingto100.Club

    A recent guest on the Living to 100 Club Radio Show was Dr. Michael Howard, health educator, neuropsychologist, and researcher on aging and longevity. The discussion focused on the role that our behavior and lifestyle play in developing chronic illness and disease, and at the same time, aging successfully and living longer.  Here are the top ten takeaways from the Show:

  • Improving our Functional Health for Successful Aging and Longevity: Join the Livingto100.Club

    Getting enough exercise is important for people of all ages, but for seniors and those with diabetes, it can be even more beneficial. Staying healthy with daily exercise helps older people avoid slips and falls that could lead to long recovery times due to more fragile bodies. With fewer mishaps, living well with a prolonged life is natural. So, for successful aging and longevity, try incorporating these head-to-toe health strategies to stay ...
  • The Gift to Ourselves

    A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the notion of self-care: Be good to yourself first, and then to others.  The article was written about a Buddhist monk by the name of Haemin Sunim, who has just published his latest book, Love for Imperfect Things.  Sunim is a popular Buddhist teacher and spiritual guide, espousing the subjects of managing stress and overcoming the challenges of everyday life, especially through the power of self-care.  He says we should not ...