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Advance Care Planning Isn’t Just For Seniors

  “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit This quote reminds me of my mom. No, she wasn’t a dragon. Not in the literal sense anyway (I am in so much trouble when she reads this!) She did, however, drill the Read more…

Panel of Experts Talk about How to Age Well

Do you have a vision of how you want to age? Do you have the resources to make it happen? Join a panel of experts (including me!) on aging well. We’ll talk about everything from healthy aging to housing to finances. Whether you are 55 years old or 75 years old, you’ll walk away with Read more…

Want to Know How to Stop Aging?

Stop living. I mean it. Literally. The only way to stop aging is to die. From a figurative point of view, the best way to stop aging is of course to LIVE, by embracing age, on our own terms and to continue finding meaning through activities, connections and giving back despite some of the physical, Read more…

Successful Aging – What Does It Mean To You?

I love theoretical models. More than that, I love finding ways to apply evidence-based theory to everyday living. John Rowe and Robert Kahn developed a Successful Aging model way back in 1987 (see image below). What I like about their model is its simplicity. And what I like even more, is its relevancy almost 30 Read more…

How Societies Can Grow Old Better

I literally “run” into inspiring people all the time.  This week it was Mr. A, who at 69 years old, admits he enjoys aging.  He did quickly add, “for the most part”. I ran into Mr. A on my early morning run.  We plodded along for about 30 minutes. He runs 5 days a week Read more…

How Does One Become a Gerontologist?

Many people I connect with ask why I became a Gerontologist. The answer is easy: my grandmother and the influence she had on my life. Meet Me – Wendy – at nine years; a beanpole with eternally frizzy hair. I’m visiting my Nana J’s house, located just around the corner from my family home, in Read more…

Embrace Aging (at your own pace)!

In many countries, such as Africa, Japan and Greece, elders or seniors are revered, respected and responsible to pass on wisdom and life experiences with younger generations. In more Westernized cultures, we are often bombarded with anti-aging solutions to fight the decline of beauty and strength. Consequently, we tend to view aging as a skeleton Read more…

Love live the aging goddess – six ways to live a long and successful life

I am an aging goddess. Well, that’s according to the Victoria Goddess Race committee. In fact, I am one of 1,000 aging goddesses who partook in the inaugural Victoria Goddess 10K run last Sunday. I thought the term “aging goddess” was much more complimentary than the reality — “slightly overweight, seven minutes slower but wiser Read more…

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