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Mindset matters when it comes to experience of aging

Often, when we think about aging, we think about a version of ourselves that somehow gets eroded over time. We tend to have a negative attitude toward aging; this seems to be reinforced in our own...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    May 9, 2019

Schmich shares her thoughts on aging

"It's not about staying young. It's about acknowledging what is truly happening to you." That was among the insights Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich shared with about...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    May 9, 2019

New aging website connects users, resources

"To be alive is to be aging." That's one of the messages of a new website devoted to helping connect those who are aging and their loved ones with information and resources. The website,...

 

Taking a new look at the issue of aging

"Age is not important unless you're a cheese." - Helen Hayes Ahh, if only that were true. But in this age-obsessed society, a person's age does matter - in innumerable ways. Unfortunately, when we...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    April 25, 2019

Retiring relatively young was the right move for Lop Chin

Up until a few of years ago, Lop Chin could climb ladders "like a monkey" and hold his own against his son on the ping pong table. Turning 60, however, seemed to usher in a sensory slowdown and...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    April 25, 2019

Stage 3 cancer diagnosis gives retired Jim Horn new purpose

Five years ago, Jim Horn retired after practicing law for more than 35 years. "To be honest, I did not have a plan going forward other than to just withdraw from the professional world and live a heal...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    April 25, 2019

Bill Brandenburg said senior life is good for his game

The number 85 is a target for Hinsdale's Bill Brandenburg. He's already reached it in terms of age; the goal now is to match it (or lower) with his golf stroke total. "I shoot my age fairly...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    April 25, 2019

Triple digits are only five short years away for Ly Hotchkin

Ly Hotchkin doesn't mind being 94. She misses having a drivers license and better eyesight, but she still enjoys laughing with people she loves over a good drink. That wasn't the case 18 months ago....

 

Discussing end-of-life care is a gift to family members

As a physician, I want to emphasize that discussing end-of-life care is not just for the elderly and the dying. The topic is of urgent importance for everyone, even though conversations about our...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    April 11, 2019

Sweeney tackles tough topic with humor

Shortly after her divorce, Julia Sweeney bought a little bungalow in Hollywood and imagined a wonderful life there - living alone, entertaining friends and spending afternoons listening to...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    April 4, 2019

New initiative tackles topic of Redefining Aging

In a September 2015 column, I announced the formation of an ad-hoc advisory board in conjunction with our paper's series spotlighting mental health issues. Two years later, that advisory board...

 

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