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 By Pamela Lannom    News

Grief support can take different forms

Sometimes the pain of loss is too difficult to express in words. So Laura Cottrell, bereavement director at Amita St. Thomas Hospice, might ask participants in a grief support... — Updated 3/11/2020


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... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Pamela Lannom    News

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... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Ken Knutson    News

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... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Ken Knutson    News

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... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Pamela Lannom    News

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... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Pamela Lannom    News

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 wo... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Ken Knutson    News

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... — Updated 8/15/2019


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.... — Updated 8/15/2019


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... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Pamela Lannom    News

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... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Pamela Lannom    News

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... — Updated 8/15/2019


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