Dr. Becca Levy, the leading authority on how beliefs about aging influence aging health, is Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and Professor of Psychology at Yale University.  

The more we reflect on old age and death, the more we see it as a natural process. It is nothing extraordinary. If we prepare ourselves in this way, then when such events actually happen, the work of accepting them as a very normal part of our life is already done. We can simply think, “Now is the period where my life’s end is coming.” I think that is a better approach. Dalai Lama, Imagine All The People

From the Boston Globe A new column about embracing life as an old person. By Judy Kugel Updated May 10, 2023, 3:00 a.m. A century ago, men and women in the United States weren’t expected to live past 60. Now that life expectancies hover around 80, we have some choices to make. “Life is short. Stay awake for it,” declares a national coffee brand’s slogan. That may sell coffee, but it’s probably not the right way to introduce a column…

If you were born between 1946 to 1964 you’re a baby boomer, and lots of us are senior citizens now too. Our parents lived through the Great Depression and World War II and were keen on giving us a better life. For those of us born in the late 40’s it has been an interesting period of history that we have grown up and old in. Just take a moment to think back on what happened. The 50s – The…

Loneliness and isolation affect people of all ages but senior citizens/elders are particularly affected. From a recent NYT article by US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy Loneliness and isolation hurt whole communities. Social disconnection is associated with reduced productivity in the workplace, worse performance in school, and diminished civic engagement. When we are less invested in one another, we are more susceptible to polarization and less able to pull together to face the challenges that we cannot solve alone —…

After dealing with an assortment of medical issues and the resulting visits with providers and specialists, who prescribe medications and order tests, I’ve come to realize my comprehensive diagnosis is simply –  I’m getting older.