Are you aging gracefully?

aging gracefully80 is the new 60

by Jose Pujalte Jr. for Manila Bulletin

April 30, 2017

“’To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.’

— Bernard Baruch (1870-1965), U.S. Financier Quoted in The Observer (London, Aug 19, 1955) on his 85th birthday

Before any brickbats are hurled my way, let me qualify.

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2016 Aging Stats Report

Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being

2016 Aging Stats Report

“This report provides the latest data on the 41 key indicators selected by the Forum (on Aging Related Statistics) to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into six subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, health care, and environment.”

Download the Full 2016 Aging Stats Report (PDF)

Highlights from the 2016 Aging Stats Report can be found on page 19.

Download Individual Sections Format
Population XLS
Economics XLS
Environment XLS
Health Status XLS
Health Risks & Behaviors XLS
Health Care XLS
Special Feature: Informal Caregiving XLS
Figures PPTX

2017 “Best Cities for Successful Aging”

2017 Best Cities for Successful AgingThe Milken Institute Releases 2017 “Best Cities for Successful Aging” Rankings

Provo-Orem, UT and Iowa City, IA Take Top Spots Among Large and Small Metros

March 14, 2017

“The Milken Institute today released the third edition of its “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report and index, a collaboration between the Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging and its Research Department. The report evaluates 381 U.S. metropolitan areas to determine how well they serve the needs of the nation’s growing population of mature adults, enabling them to age productively, securely, and in optimal health.”

The top 10 large and small metropolitan areas for 2017 are:

Rankings – Large Metros   

Rankings – Small Metros


Provo-Orem, UT


Iowa City, IA


Madison, WI


Manhattan, KS


Durham-Chapel Hill, NC


Ames, IA


Salt Lake City, UT


Columbia, MO


Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA


Sioux Falls, SD


Austin-Round Rock, TX


Ann Arbor, MI


Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA


Ithaca, NY


Jackson, MS


Lawrence, KS


Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH


Logan, UT-ID


San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA


Fairbanks, AK

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50 Shades of Gray…Hair

50 shades of gray

Gray, graphite, pewter, smoke, silver, slate, ash, dove, charcoal, gunmetal. No matter the name or if 50 shades of gray exist, most of us will experience a change in hair color as we age.  Many women and men dye their hair so the gray doesn’t show. Ads tell us:

L’Oreal Age Perfect by Excellence is specifically developed to color mature, gray hair….  Discover haircolor that flatters you perfectly.”  Just for Men products, “Target the gray for a natural look.”  The ads say gray doesn’t “flatter” and isn’t “natural.”

But the Bible says in Proverbs 16:31,

Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.

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KEEP MOVING – A playful book with “tips and truths about aging”

KEEP MOVINGHappy Thanksgiving everyone!  I know not all countries celebrate Thanksgiving but all of us can be thankful for the many blessings we have on this day.   One of the many things I am thankful for is the availability of good books and the wisdom their authors share.

This morning I started reading Dick Van Dyke’s book called KEEP MOVING and Other Tips and Truths About Aging (only $11 on Amazon).  I planned to read it and then share some of the best parts with you.  I still plan to do just that but I already want to share some of the introduction from KEEP MOVING.  Yes, it was that good!  Here it is:

“Old age should be revered, admired, respected, treated to dinner, opened and allowed to breathe like a fine wine, given aisle seats on an airplane, helped up the stairs, and looked upon with patience, especially in the checkout line at the grocery store.  Old people like to make conversation with the checkers.  If approached correctly, says this former Boy Scout, old age should be considered a merit badge for a life well lived.  Old age should be a lot of things.  But it should not be rushed.

I am 89 years old as I write this at my home in Malibu, California, which means I am in my 90th year on this planet, and by definition, I am old.  Very old, I suppose–older than the average male, who now lives to be 76.4 years old (the average female lives to be 81.2).  But if you are 65 or thereabouts today, your life expectancy is even longer.  You should start thinking of 65 as the new 40.  In other words, you aren’t old yet–you are merely on the launching pad of old age.

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Gray unmarried at a disadvantage?

Unmarried Boomers Confront Old Age: A National Portrait

by I-Fen Lin and Susan L. Brown, Ph.D.

The Gerontologist (2012) 52 (2):153-165

“The proportion of midlife Americans (aged 45–63) that are unmarried has increased by more than 50% since 1980. Today, one in three Baby Boomers is unmarried. The vast majority of these unmarried Boomers are either divorced or never-married; just 10% are widowed. As Boomers move into older adulthood, the unmarried share will grow as married Boomers continue to experience divorce and widowhood.

The marital status of unmarried Boomers matters. In general, divorced Boomers have more economic resources and better health than widowed and never-married Boomers. Among women, widows appear to be the most disadvantaged as they enjoy fewer economic resources and have poorer health than divorced and never-married women. In contrast, never-marrieds are the least advantaged among men. Despite having relatively high levels of education, never-married men have poorer economic circumstances and are most likely to live alone. Divorced and widowed men are comparatively advantaged. Thus, both the marital status composition and gender of unmarrieds are critical to deciphering the potential risks or vulnerabilities facing this growing group of Boomers.”

“The rise in unmarrieds at midlife has significant ramifications for old age.”

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Embracing life after 50

Becoming an Elder:  The Next Step in a Life of Meaningimages (47)

By Lorie A. Parch

July 26, 2016

“It often seems that our culture neither values the aging or the aged.

Simply put, things aren’t like they were in our grandparents’ era when older folks received a fair amount of respect.. So these days, the idea of becoming an ‘elder’ may not sound like something you’d ever want to do. If so, you’d be missing out on an essential life experience, says Michael Gurian, a counselor and author of the about-to-be-reissued The Wonder of Aging: A New Approach to Embracing Life After Fifty.”

…Gurian thinks that becoming an elder in your circle, or even in a wider community, is extremely important—and not just because it helps others. ‘We want to become elders because a life of meaning now depends on it,’ he says emphatically.”

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Note:  Gurian’s book was re-released in paperback June 7, 2016.

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