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Articles from the 'Redefining Aging' series

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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

 

Life will go on after loss of a loved one

Pets bring comfort on journey as daugther copes with loss of dad Kathy Burns started grieving long before she lost her dad last year. The process began about five years earlier,... — Updated 2/5/2020

 

Enhancing emotional wellness in the winter

The winter months can bring a variety of experiences and expectations that can leave us feeling at times elevated and at other times exhausted. While some things are entirely out... — Updated 1/15/2020

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News

Advice to caregivers: care for yourself

Caregiving requires individuals to employ a number of skills in a variety of roles - and to do so with a great degree of flexibility. "In many ways caregiving requires that you... — Updated 11/20/2019

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News

Caregiving a challenge and a privilege

"Consider the way she has taught me to tenderly pull up his socks and cover him with a quilt, put drops in his eyes, rub powder on a rash, splash his neck with Old Spice, then bend... — Updated 11/6/2019

 
 By Annie Krug    Pulse

Being of a 'certain age' has its perks, too

Bette Davis had it wrong. Remember her famous line? "Old age ain't any place for sissies." Seriously? What part of life is for sissies? Toddlers are on a straight uphill battle... — Updated 9/18/2019

 

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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