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Relationships for Life


What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? Robert Waldinger took to the TED stage last November to answer this question. Mr. Waldinger, a psychiatrist, is the Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. The study is one of the longest and most complete studies of adult life ever conducted. After… Read More »

Writing Your Values


When I was in high school, my grandfather handed me a copy of his biography, as soon as he finished it. I can remember the pride he exuded as he handed the book to each of his grandchildren. I thanked him for the copy, however, in full disclosure, the minute I got home, I stashed… Read More »

Love Through the Ages


I proposed to my long-term girlfriend back in October, but even before that, I already noticed that most of my Facebook Newsfeed was covered in engagement announcements and wedding photos. Must be my age. The pictures that go along with the posts convey young, attractive, healthy and happy people who are obviously eager to start an… Read More »

Goal-Oriented Grown-Ups


When I was in college, one of my professors said, “Only three percent of graduating college students writes down their goals.”  With a long pause to gain our full and undivided attention he then stated, “The three percent who had clear, written goals were earning, on average, 10 times as much as the other 97… Read More »

Is Aging in Place Right for Everyone?


I fully admit that I can be a sucker for the latest trends. In the past decade, we have seen quite a few: organic/local/non-GMO/gluten-free food; consumer technology; “green” environmentalism.  I even fall for these trends in the geriatrics category. Enter: aging in place. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as… Read More »

But Wait, Are They Jewish?


When I was a child, my parents frequently argued over one question: “Is he or she Jewish?” I could never understand why they wanted to know – why did it matter if someone they heard on tv or read about in the local paper was Jewish? Their discussions, often disagreements, would lead with one of… Read More »

Of Memories and Mentors


It was an hour before I would finish with 6th grade.  My classmates and I were walking around the room signing one another’s yearbooks. That year, my signature line in my peers’ yearbook was, “Have a cool summer,” which I thought was such a clever play on the reality of Orange County summers – very… Read More »

Staying Productive


I’ve referenced it in this column before, but I continue to be amazed at the incredible increase in life expectancy in the past 100 years. Thanks in part to advances in birthing methods, medical technology, sanitation, and pharmaceuticals, the life expectancy for humans in developed countries has jumped from 47 years in 1900 to 78… Read More »

Ten Tips for Aging


Learning from the Blue Zones