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Aging is an important part of life that presents many opportunities and challenges. Although there are physical benefits to becoming an older, aging can sometimes lead families to encounter financial, social, and other problems.

The term senior citizen often conjures images of pinochle, shuffleboard, the urban expression blue hair, rocking chairs, early bird specials, ill-health, and dependence. Coined in 1938, the term senior citizen is an old-fashioned word for an obsolete stereotype.  50-year-olds are graduating from college. 60-year-olds are hang gliding computer whizzes. 70-year-olds are marathoners. 80-year-olds are beginning fitness routines and regularly having sex.

Older adults are at a higher risk than any other age group for mental and behavioral health problems and the number of those afflicted is expected to reach 15 million by 2030. Depression and anxiety are particularly prevalent among older Americans who suffer from dementia, cancer, strokes, arthritis, and heart disease. If left untreated, mental illnesses can severely decrease your ability to function and cope with other physical health concerns.

Aging is a normal part of life. Celebrate good health by:

• Being positive
• Taking control of your health
• Working with your doctor
• Watching what you eat
• Enjoying an active lifestyle
• Socializing
• Taking advantage of preventive services
• Exercising the brain (e.g. piano lessons, language classes, and crossword puzzles)
• Reducing stress
• Quitting smoking
• Focusing on emotional wellbeing

Consider the resources found below:

The Psychology of Reunions by Dr. Larry F. Waldman

The Psychology of Reunions by Dr. Larry F. Waldman

Contemplating a reunion is like a time warp. We are reminded of our adolescent vulnerabilities—our fears and the then ever-present self-consciousness. It brings us back to that awkward phase (for many of us) which is recalled more favorably by some than others. Those early emotions are indelible; they stay with us for a long time—perhaps forever.

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The Conversation by Dr. Louise B. Lubin

The Conversation by Dr. Louise B. Lubin

This conversation is one we want to avoid because it always feels too soon until it’s too late. So what is this conversation? It’s the conversation about end of life- a discussion you should begin for yourself and those you love whatever your age or medical condition

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The Art of Aging by Dr. Gregory A. Hinrichsen

The Art of Aging by Dr. Gregory A. Hinrichsen

When most people think of aging they see a glass that is half-full. No doubt, older adults (typically defined as persons 65 years of age or older) contend with a range of challenges, most of them tied to increasing health problems. However, challenges exist at each stage of the lifespan.

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