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Topic: Well Being

"Affinity" Communities: A Retirement Option

As you might expect, with so many boomers edging toward retirement, the choices of living arrangements are growing in interesting, creative ways. This article outlines the many niche or "affinity" communities that cater specifically to retirees who share interests, hobbies, or personal traits. There are those that are university-based and target alumni and intellectuals, enclaves for Asian-Americans, and at least six communities for gays and lesbians. There is even a spot for boomers interested in RVing. To learn more about this burgeoning trend, click here.

Best Medicine: Time to Talk

The new federal health reform act is a real boon to doctors who want the time to learn more about what is going on with their older patients. This law provides Medicare patients free annual wellness visits and gives doctors 45 minutes to ask the patient probing questions about everyday life...what is their diet and exercise regimen? Do you know about smoking cessation program we offer? What other problems do you have? Before these visits were available, doctors would rush through 15-minute sick visits to learn a bit more about the patient's life. Hopefully more people will take advantage of this time to talk to a more relaxed doctor.

An Online Resource for Caregivers

The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly has launched CaregiverGPS – The Elder’s Advocate, a web-based resource to help caregivers make decisions about elder care. The website offers several interactive tools to help provide a customized experience for individuals facing a critical transition point in the care of a loved one and provides unbiased guidance based on a caregiver’s unique situation. Caregivers in need of further assistance can also utilize CARIE OnLINE, or contact a CARIE LINE counselor at (215) 545-5728.

What Scares Women 50+ the Most?

What keeps women age 50+ up at night? Increasing wrinkles? Gaining weight? No! What the author of this article in the Huffington Post actually found to be plaguing mature women is whether they will have enough money to support themselves in their old age. Women traditionally do not make as much money throughout their lives as men...and often receive less Social Security and smaller pensions. Divorce and the death of a husband can create great anxiety To learn ways to keep the fear at bay and take control of the issue, keep reading.

The Great Life Makeover

Feel better. Live longer. And stay healthy. These goals are the focus of a Philadelphia-based program that "is the ultimate in personalized medicine." Based at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine offers the Great Life Program, co-directed by Doctors Daniel Monti and Anthony Bazzan. This program has served over 200 patients in its two and one-half year tenure. Gloria Hochman, nationally-recognized writer and the editor of Coming of Age's E-book, The Age for Change, writes about this medical option that promises to dramatically enhance both the quality and quantity of life. 

When Worry Worries You

As often as you tell yourself to stop worrying, you can't help but think about the upcoming holidays and entertaining your family, your son's struggle to find a job, and your mother's forgetfulness and declining health. Is there any relief in sight? This article offers some proactive ways to keep worrying at bay, including forcing yourself to look at the worst case scenarios, confiding in friends, and finding ways to make yourself laugh. Checking out these 10 tips is a first step at taking control of your thoughts and staying calm.

10 Tips for Dating

Love in the second half of life...where to begin? Don't worry, there's lots of good advice out there. With more than 30 million Americans 55 and older currently single, much is being written about how to approach the dating scene as an older adult. Coming of Age has weighed in with a free nine-chapter e-book, The Age for Change, that examines this topic in the chapter, "What's Love Got to Do With It?" "housed" on the Coming of Age website. And this article in U.S. News and World Report provides 10 tips on how meet and date at this time of life. A word to the wise as you enter the dating world: always have an exit strategy!

The Place of Religion in Therapy

While it is accepted that there should be separation of church and state...a growing number are not sure about separating religion from "state" of mind! More patients are seeking faith-based therapy, according to a recent issue of Psychology Today, they feel that their "secular" therapists view their religious beliefs as problems or symptoms rather than as an integral part of their lives. Finding therapists with training in spiritual matters is difficult. To learn more about faith-based counseling, check out the report “With God As My Shrink,” and share your thoughts on this issue.

Don't Worry, Be Happy

A review of more than 160 studies on the connection between a positive state of mind and overall health and longevity has found "clear and compelling evidence" that happier people enjoy better health and longer lives. In fact, evidence linking an upbeat outlook and enjoyment of life to better health and longer life was stronger even than that linking obesity to reduced longevity, according to a recent review published in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Does this finding make you think a bit more about how you approach your life...and what you might want to change?

Talk About Inspiring!

This YouTube video makes you want to put your sneakers on, grab a few weights, and work as hard as you can to look like Ernestine Shepherd, the teacher. This extraordinarily fit 72-year-old with a shelf of trophies for bragging rights, runs 80 miles a week and teaches classes at the United Methodist Church in Baltimore for older women who try to follow her every step. Her can-do spirit, warmth, and encouragement make her students feel that they, too, can look and feel their best.