Getting his diabetes under control

“Get off your lazy behind and do it.” That’s Eugene Boyce’s advice for anyone not actively managing their diabetes. Boyce, 70, used to be among their ranks. A former truck driver, Boyce knew for years that his blood sugars were high but didn’t want to think about taking insulin.

November 4, 2017 7:49 p.m. read more..

Make your end of life wishes known

When a 92-year-old patient of mine came to my office to discuss end-of-life wishes, he already had an idea to ensure that his plans would be respected. He said he would have “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed on his chest in large letters so when paramedics came to revive him, they would see the message and stop their efforts.

September 5, 2017 3 p.m. read more..

Conscious aging: Research supports a ‘plasticity’ of the brain that we can learn from

We all know we’re getting older, don’t we? After all, it’s hard not to wake up in the morning and realize you’re a day older. The physical changes become more obvious, and there are mental changes as well — it can be depressing. Eugene’s Emily Rice, 62, and Nancy Sawtelle, 60, have been helping women navigate these changes through a series of “conscious aging” workshops, which focus on the mental and spiritual aspects of the aging process.

August 25, 2017 10:36 a.m. read more..

LIFE AT 100 – they’re loving it

Duane Goodma claims the secret to making it to the century mark is just to “keep breathing in and out.” Goodma, a mere 93, promises to do just that to catch up with his friend, Bertha Erby, who turns 100 on April 14.

May 22, 2017 7:19 a.m. read more..

Author wants boomer romance stories

Author Jan Fowler is looking for stories of how couples met. Couples must have met after age 50 and be in a committed relationship, but do not need to be married.

November 1, 2016 midnight read more..

Preserving dignity: Geriatric nurse Joanne Rader pioneered research in dementia care

Geriatric nurse Joanne Rader’s passion and devotion for people with dementia and their families has led to policy changes on the national level that bring comfort to the afflicted. “Forty plus years ago, we knew nothing about dementia and the cause … we still don’t,” she says. “How care-(givers) dealt with dementia was to literally tie them up in their beds, in wheelchairs, in homes and in hospitals.”

October 7, 2016 2:52 p.m. read more..

Blending two lives

When Lyle Guenther asked Nancy Thomas to marry him it took her quite a while to give an answer. After all, they both were in their 80s and had spent a lifetime in previous marriages. “I had been married for 58 years and he had been married for 52,” Nancy says, acknowledging the level of adjustment each would face. “So between the two of us we had 110 years of marriage.”

October 1, 2016 midnight read more..

Life Reimagined: AARP program helps you work through life’s transitions

Imagine your life as a line drawing with a series of circles, or spirals. It starts with your birth and progresses to the oldest age you believe you will reach. The straight paths that the line follows are the points in your life which progressed relatively steadily. Some events trigger each circle, such as graduating high school and college, moving to take a job, marriage and childbirth.

July 31, 2016 8:48 p.m. read more..