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The Folly of Imagining Your Future Self

Most people underestimate how much they’ll change in the future—and they misjudge this at every age from 18 to 68. In an illuminating article in the science section at the New York Times, John Tierney explores why that’s so.


No TLC for Me?

For Kelly Flynn, being married and childless has sometimes meant freedoms and luxuries not afforded friends with kids and grandkids. But, she wonders in a Booming blog at the New York Times, will she receive the kind of loving care in later life that she has provided her parents? And will having no children affect her in other ways?


Dads Still Needed

Don't worry, dads. While your role in the lives of your adult children has changed, they still value the wisdom you bring—when they ask for it. Ray Paprocki considers parenting a grown son and daughter in this article at


Living to 105: Good News or Bad?

Most of us will be happy if our retirement savings carry us into our 90s, but what if we’re alive and well at 105? In a blog at, Jennie L. Phipps suggests that with so many of us surpassing the century mark, many won't have saved enough.


On Turning 65

Jane Gross is a veteran New York Times reporter who covers the topic of aging. In this New Old Age blog she shines the spotlight on herself, writing about turning 65, her conversations with friends and her Medicare card.


John Glenn, Flying High at 90

John Glenn is a name that at once brings to mind space flight and American values. In an article in the New York Times science section, John Noble Wilford chronicles the life and the aging of a national hero 50 years after his historic flight.


Aging Advantage

Author and psychologist Vivian Diller understands that we all age in unique ways. In this blog in Huff/Post 50, she considers how some flourish while others despair. What gives some agers the edge?


How We Change as We Age

In an essay in the New York Times Book Review, novelist Gail Godwin writes that aging has given her the strength to resist wrongheaded suggestions from editors and she’s also lost tolerance for “the threadbare phrase.”


When Your Body Betrays You

This light, rueful feature in the Arizona Republic describes six of the less-appealing bodily changes women experience after 40, why they happen and what you can do about them.


What’s the Purpose of Aging?

Writing for Aging Well, geriatrician William H. Thomas, MD, argues that aging is simply a “natural ripening” and we need to understand its purpose.


Don’t Blame Your Age

In this important article for the Sage Crossroads website, Carol Cruzan Morton writes that both doctors and their older patients often ignore treatable medical problems because they mistake them for signs of normal aging.


Wrinkles Aren’t the Problem

According to a 2008 online poll by MSNBC, wrinkles and gray hair don’t scare most Americans; they have bigger worries when it comes to aging.


What to Expect When You’re Aging

This article from the Mayo Clinic's website describes how and why your body changes over the years, exploring everything from your cardiovascular system to your sexuality.


What Normal Aging Is Like

Here’s an authoritative take on normal aging from Medline Plus, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website. The article focuses on basic bodily changes everyone experiences. It links to six other on-site articles with more details.


How to Resist Wear and Tear

A graphic from the Washington Post illustrates how and when normal wear and tear affect you from your 30s on and suggests what you can do about it.


Interacting with Change

Click your way through this interactive graphic from MSNBC that illustrates how time alters your body in ways that aren’t always obvious. Top-to-toe health tips are included.


A Virtual Tour of Your Body

Take “A Guided Tour of Your Body” with this New York Times interactive feature, posted on the Well blog. It will link you to dozens of articles, quizzes and interactive graphics that teach you how to take better care of yourself.


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