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This month, aspiring writers from around the world will be participating in National Novel Writing Month. Often abbreviated as NaNoWriMo, this fun writing event, which runs for the duration of November, challenges wannabe-authors to write 50,000 words in 30 days or less. Participation is open for all and free of charge. If you’ve always wanted to put that one story in your head on paper, now is the time to do so! It’s not too late to get started. Whether you’d like to write a science-fiction novel or your own autobiography, NaNoWriMo offers just the right amoun... more ...
When your grandfather told long-winded stories about his youth, were you the sole family member who actually listened? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for recording your family history! Genealogy, the study of family lineage and history, was once used primarily to distinguish royal blood lines from those of the masses. Today, many individuals have taken up genealogy as a hobby, tracking down everything from historical records to personal belongings in a quest to discover more about their origins. The advent of the internet and the digitalization of historical records has made th... more ...
Confidence and self-assuredness often grow with age. As we enter our 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond, it is valuable to assess whether or not our inner well-being is being conveyed by our fashion choices. Don’t settle for outfits that make you feel frumpy and invisible! By following these simple fashion tips, you can enhance your presence and allow the “real you” to shine through.  For Women Dressing well after 50 can be a delicate balancing act. Consider sorting through older pieces in your wardrobe to figure out which items are dated, out-of-style, or age-inap... more ...
Did you know that most Senior Olympic athletes only began exercising or training on a regular basis after hitting middle age? Studies have shown that the “fitness age” of the average Senior Olympian is more than 20 years lower than his or her biological age! Don’t let your body fall into disrepair after hitting the big 5-0! Despite the challenges that come with aging, becoming physically fit is an admirable, achievable aim. Let the stories of these impressive senior athletes inspire you to achieve your own personal fitness goals.  D. Paul Miller D. Paul Mi... more ...
The modern era is one of great political, social, and cultural upheaval. With so much going on in the world, many of us feel overwhelmed by the apparent hopelessness of remedying these widespread problems and injustices. Instead of turning a blind eye to these pressing issues, however, it is important to confront them head-on. Regardless of your age, health, or wealth, you can find a way to get involved in activism. Getting started is easier than you might think. Follow these simple steps to become a budding activist! Find a cause and educate yourself. There are thousands upon thousa... more ...
Planning a fun, family-friendly outing can quickly become a costly undertaking. Between paying for transportation, entertainment, and restaurant meals, it’s all too easy to overshoot your initial budget. Instead of opting for a fancy evening out, choose to spend a free or low-cost day of fun with your adult children or grandchildren. Take a step back and enjoy the simple things in life with these fun and free family pastimes!  Design Your Own Walking Tour  Get outside and explore your local community! Whether you live in a bustling city or a sleepy suburb, there ... more ...
As we move towards retirement age, many of us begin researching potential retirement destinations. Age-restricted communities, which generally cater to adults over the age of 55, are becoming an increasingly popular residential option for seniors looking to remain physically active and socially engaged. Much like country clubs, these communities tend to offer amenities such as neighborhood clubhouses, walking paths, tennis courts, rec rooms, and more. Unlike retirement homes, these communities generally do not provide residents with care-related services. Outdoor home maintenance is generally ... more ...
In the United States, nearly a quarter of adults over the age of 65 are both childless and single. In other developed nations, the statistics are similar. These seniors are colloquially known as “elder orphans.” Seniors who are estranged from their families or may become widowed are at risk for becoming elder orphans as well. Growing old without supportive kin is a daunting prospect. Adequate planning and foresight, however, can allow you to age independently without fearing for your future. By taking the following steps today, you can avoid the potential challenges of facing ... more ...
Age discrimination has been a recognized issue for many decades. In the United States, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which prohibits discrimination against workers over the age of 40, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Despite laws against it, ageism continues to be an issue throughout much of the world. Knowing your rights and fighting for them is an important part of combatting these continuing injustices. Age Discrimination in the Workplace In recent years, the proportion of seniors in the workforce has grown. As employees age, they may find themselves affected by su... more ...
Arts and crafts projects can be extremely rewarding. These artistic pursuits allow you to express yourself creatively and often result in a final product that can be displayed, sold, or gifted to others. An abundance of online resources make it easier than ever to take up a new craft without investing in classes or training. Are you looking for a new way to express your inventive impulses? Test out one or more of the following creative mediums to expand your artistic repertoire.  Soapmaking If you love fancy soaps and enjoy chemistry projects, soapmaking just might be the right ... more ...