Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Voting Day to You.

I still can’t believe it, but my 95th birthday is right around the corner. No need for cards or calls. What’d I’d really like you to do on my birthday is this: Vote. Yep, my big day falls on November 8th. Don’t just focus on the national election—make sure you know where your local legislative…

Golden Friendships: How to Make Friends as a Senior

Making friends when you were a kid was so simple. They wanted to play kick the can, so did you. Voilà! Friends for life. But when your hair starts to gray, how to make friends becomes a little grayer, too. At least it was for me. Luckily, you have me and 30 years of attempting…

At age 90, a clown looks back on life

90-year-old Minnesota local doesn’t let age stop her from “clowning around”. Read the full story here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/08/at_age_90_a_clown_looks_back_o.html

New research finds working and volunteering could reduce disablement in seniors

Researchers from Georgia State University and Florida State University have found that working or volunteering can decrease the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in seniors. Using data from the Health and Retirement Survey, the study found that people age 50 to 64 who worked full-time or part-time or volunteered up to…

New report provides data on well-being of older Americans

A new report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics finds that older Americans are in better economic shape than they were 40 years ago. In 1974, the proportion of older people with income below the poverty threshold was 15%; in 2014, the percentage fell to 10%. The “Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of…

Maple Grove works to become age-friendly

A majority of Americans believe it’s important for their communities to be age-friendly, according to a recent survey we highlighted here on FaceAgingMN.org Now, Maple Grove has become the third Minnesota city to be recognized as an AARP Age Friendly Community. The AARP Age-Friendly Communities, part of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities…

Most Americans would prefer having dreaded “sex talk” with kids to “senior care talk” with parents

Just over half (54 percent) of visitors to Care.com recruited for a recent survey say they would rather have the “the sex talk” with their children than engage in a conversation with their aging parents about when they need to start planning for more care and support as they grow older. In fact, more than…

You Won’t Believe What This 94-Year-Old Wrote When She Was 16

Did I get ya? Little old ladies can write clickbait, too. We just titled it, “Story continues on page 3” back in my day. Anywho, the premise of this article is to show off a poem of mine. Another secret talent, I know. I am full of secrets. I’ve always loved writing, and still dabble…