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Youth is a State of Mind

Samuel Ullman wrote, “Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind.” Ullman (April 13, 1840 – March 21, 1924) was an American businessman, poet, humanitarian, and religious leader. He is best known today for his poem "Youth," which was a favorite of General Douglas MacArthur. The poem was on the wall of MacArthur's office in Tokyo when he became Supreme Allied Commander in Japan. He quoted it often in his speeches. It became better known in Japan than in the United States. I have had the great pleasure of meeting thousands of Elders in my professional life and it is so true that some are young and some are old and it is no reflection of their chronological age. Some folks are old a

Move or Mold

I love it when people capture a whole philosophy in a nutshell. My friend told me about meeting a woman who said she had decided at the ripe old age of 65 that she was determined not to ‘mold’ but to keep moving forward with plans for an invigorating and active future. That thought is my mantra and so succinctly stated! Molding is the antithesis of movement; molding implies decay, rot, and rust. How many of those words have you heard used regarding old age? Sadly, that is a common misconception of our aging population. But things are changing, and older citizens are engaging in life more vigorously than ever. Our entire life is a series of small adventures. We can all look back and rememb

Planning My Exit

As a special treat to myself on my seventieth birthday I went on a retreat in California. It was a time of personal introspection, growth, exercise and healthy eating. There were about 250 other attendees, but I went alone. It was a mixed group of folks from all over the US and several other countries. I probably was one of the older attendees, although I met a delightful woman who at 90 put everyone in the yoga class to shame! Needless to say, there were many great conversations with a diverse group of people of all ages. A typical introduction might include your reason for attending or how many other retreats had you been to. I began answering that question, almost jokingly, by saying that

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