What Was ‘Bad’ is Now Good for You

By Frances Kolarek — It’s crazy what you hear nowadays! Chocolate is good for us? Coffee too? And a glass of red wine from time to time? Yes. New research tells us this — and more! Folks! Things are looking up! The Mayo Clinic Health Letter says: “Coffee is now associated with health benefits in […]

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Touch as Medicine

By Frances Kolarek — “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was a smash hit by the Beetles. Now “Hold My Hand” is the title of an article in a recent Mayo Clinic Health Letter that refers to “touch as medicine.” “Multiple studies have shown that feeling isolated from others has a number of negative health […]

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Creating a New Image of Age

By Frances Kolarek — Some 25 years ago, when Betty Friedan at 72 felt she had done enough for the women’s movement, she transferred her attention to the aging. In a book she called The Fountain of Age, she deplored the invisibility of the aged and the rejection by the media of photographs of aging […]

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Experts on Aging

By Frances Kolarek — Finally! Finally I feel vindicated. I have been whining and sniveling for years because books about aging all seem to be written by young people who rarely, if ever, see an old man or old woman. And now, vindication! A confession by gerontologist Karl Pillemer follows: “Ten years ago, I reached […]

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A Celebration of Age

By Frances Kolarek — During the last days of 2015, The New York Times devoted three full pages to a group of New Yorkers in their 80s and 90s, including pictures, brief biographies and quotes. A mind-boggling feature! I venture to suggest that just a few years ago, three full pages about aging would have […]

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Making Informed Choices

By Frances Kolarek — The son of a late resident of a Kendal Continuing Care Retirement Community wrote: “When my mom lived there, she had all the freedom she could handle and all the help she needed.” Freedom is a key word. Living independently in a CCRC provides complete freedom to come and go as […]

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Mobility and Independence

By Frances Kolarek — My best wishes for the New Year to all who are kind enough to read my blog. Apologies for the hiatus. Here goes with a new slant on mobility and independence-—privileges we tend to take for granted until we come a cropper like Don Singer, a Collington resident. The potential loss […]

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Ken Lee on ‘Retirement But Only of Sorts’

By Collingtonian Ken Lee — I write to my younger friends out there in The World, from my comfortable setting here in a somewhat grandly titled Collington Episcopal Life Care Community. Familiarly known as just Collington. Such a community has advantages. We’re all retired, and so “of a certain age,” and often well beyond that. […]

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The 90s

By Frances Kolarek — I got so much feedback from my belch at AARP for not paying more attention to the 90s age group, I realized I better put up or shut up. So yoo-hoo! AARP! Looka here! Dick Van Dyke, 90 this year, has a new a book out. Keep Moving. “If I’m out […]

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Enhancing Cognitive Prowess

By Frances Kolarek — Old songs, old favorites, we sing them over and over. And here I go again, because Richard A. Friedman, a widely published professor of clinical psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College is singing MY song. In a recent article in The New York Times Sunday Review he extols the virtue — […]

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