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Sibling Relations Can Change Over Time

Question: I am the mother of two sons who do no speak to one another.  In my mid-70s, I hope that before I die, they reunite.  This riff has been going on for 10 years.  Do you have any suggestions on what I can do?  I am a very sad “aging” mother.  

Lifestyle Changes Promote Longevity

Question: I am worried about a close friend, age 67, who has suffered a number of ailments over the past few years including arthritis, a hip replacement and cancer.  Fortunately she has recovered well but, in the meantime, is physically inactive and gained about 75 pounds.  It’s the latter that worries me.  How can I […]

Any Way You Approach It, ‘Elderhood’ Is a Stage of Life

Question: I appreciate and enjoy your positive approach to aging. Yet, every morning when I get up, I am reminded that I’m 60 years old.  Once upon a time I would jump out of bed, put on my running shoes and go for a long run. Now, I have to make the decision – shall […]

Learn To Enjoy Farewell Party

Question: I am 62-year-old female executive who has worked for the same large company for 15 years.  I soon will retire.  Having attended many recent retirement parties, I am dreading my own. The parties are too long with too many accolades.  I would prefer to go “quietly into the night” and avoid the scene.  My […]

Changing Career Course Doesn’t Make You a Quitter

Question: I’ve had a successful 25-year career as a nurse and thought I wanted to become a psychotherapist. At 54 and a perfectionist, I’ve taken several of the graduate courses and am concerned about the length of the program and the internship. I’m having second thoughts about spending four years in the program, yet I […]

Health Scams

Question: I recently read a number of ads and promotions about quick fixes to health problems. At age 74, I have osteoarthritis, peripheral neuropathy, a heart condition and bad knees. Are these short-cut remedies of any value? 

Retirees, Discover What Drives You

Work experiences can serve as a starting point in creating that next chapter of life.  James Birren, the founder and former dean and executive director of USC’s Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center said it well, “You don’t know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been.”

Younger Retirees Have Different Issues

Question: As a young retiree (56 years old and female) I am at a point of considering which way to go in my life.  Can you address some of the issues of being a young retiree?  We don’t exactly fit in with a lot of retiree and senior-citizen groups, but we do have things in […]

Trends of the New Retirement

Question: I have been reading a lot about seniors working in retirement.  As a 72-year old educated woman with lots of skills, what do I need to understand about this new time?  I may need to return to work.  

Searching for Contentment in Second Half of Life

Question: As a successful engineer, program manager and expert witness, I have always experienced excitement and pleasure from work throughout my life.  This past January, as a 70-year old woman, I decided to take a sabbatical (also known as retirement) from my consulting practice.  It has taken me eight months to clear my desk.  I […]