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Aging Gracefully (Or Not): Physical events

Physical events become more meaningful as we age. What may have seemed minor when we were younger takes on an added perspective because the consequences are usually more significant.

It was Saturday, January 19 - National Service Day, a holiday encouraging people to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., whose official day of recognition was the following Monday. Ari and Isaac were coming over to spend the night and they were being dropped off after lunch. Read more >> about Aging Gracefully (Or Not): Physical events

Aging Gracefully (Or Not): Checkups, even when you're feeling good

Even when we are doing fine, the focus on the condition of our bodies in regard to health exists.

I went to the doctor for my annual checkup this week. I already knew there was a concern about my blood pressure as I had been checked twice in the past few weeks and it was high. I had already added a diuretic the week before.

Again it was high, 161 over 93, or something like that. Read more >> about Aging Gracefully (Or Not): Checkups, even when you're feeling good

Aging Gracefully (Or Not): The joy of humor

I find great pleasure in humor. As my writing continues, I will intersperse anecdotal stories.

My grandsons Isaac, just 9 years old, and Ari, just 6 years old, were here for a sleepover this weekend. We were going scooter riding to a park and Ari was putting on his shoes and socks. I walked into the room and he asked me to look at his feet. I noted that his socks were small for his feet.

“Ari, you are growing bigger and getting taller,” I said.

“Nana, eventually I will be as tall as you are,” he replied.

“That is true, Ari,” I said. Read more >> about Aging Gracefully (Or Not): The joy of humor

Aging Gracefully (Or Not): Body changes

I recently went to a doctor to have her look at the results of a bone density test I had three months ago. When I went to my primary doctor for my annual exam, he noted that I had lost another inch of height. The prior year I had also lost an inch. He examined my back and felt there was a slight bulge in one place. He referred me for the bone density test. Read more >> about Aging Gracefully (Or Not): Body changes

Aging Gracefully (Or Not): Looking young

On Facebook the other day, I saw a picture of my former sister-in-law that was taken recently. She is two years younger than me. She has always been beautiful and takes care of herself. I have not seen her in years.

When I looked at her picture, I thought that she looked exactly the same as she did 20 years ago. She did not appear to have aged at all. I wondered how my current appearance would compare to 20 years ago. I have not taken out any pictures to note whether there were changes or not. Read more >> about Aging Gracefully (Or Not): Looking young

Aging Gracefully (Or Not): The colonoscopy

In 2006 my former father-in-law, Jesse, was hospitalized after falling at home. He had fallen on more than one occasion and my mother-in-law, Florence, was not able to get him up. She was 89. Medicare was not going to cover most of the in-home care he required. There was no one to help with showering, dressing, etc. Eventually, he ended up in a nursing home to get the care he needed. There simply was no way they could afford to keep him at home. Read more >> about Aging Gracefully (Or Not): The colonoscopy

Aging Gracefully (Or Not): An age of vulnerability

I have referred to my 76-year-old brother in my writing, and I find the theme of our vulnerability to physical change can be demonstrated with another story.

Last year, as a result of my focus on aging and loss, I suggested to my extended family - most of who live on the East Coast - that we arrange a reunion. The suggestion garnered a favorable response, and two cousins took the initiative for arranging it in Maryland. Read more >> about Aging Gracefully (Or Not): An age of vulnerability

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