“Re evaluating the Meaning of Success” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Re evaluating the Meaning of Success” by Patricia Cavanaugh

The markers of success seemed quite clear when we were younger; a job with positive social status in business, recognition in the professional world, a good home with a happy family as a homemaker or helping others in the world of service.  It was good to have a salary that kept you in the middle […]

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“Work after Work:  Our new age of life and the moral necessity for ‘Returnment’” by Jay Bloom

“Work after Work: Our new age of life and the moral necessity for ‘Returnment’” by Jay Bloom

Returnment – n. 1) The act of giving back or returning in some small way what the world has given you. 2) Especially as an alternative to retirement.   Carl Van Horn, director of the Rutgers Center, was quoted as saying, “Retiring Boomers will have the same sweeping impact as the entrance of women into […]

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“Positive Aging as a Social Movement” by Bev Scott

“Positive Aging as a Social Movement” by Bev Scott

“Positive aging is a social movement.”  I was speaking with a fellow participant at the 4th Annual Positive Aging Conference in Los Angeles in early December.  I resonated with the idea of a social movement .  After all, many of us in this generation have participated in other social movements:  civil rights, women’s rights, gay […]

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“The Moment of Reinvention” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“The Moment of Reinvention” by Patricia Cavanaugh

I knew it was time to leave my clinic work when I woke up and felt I could not go to work one more day.  Another sleepless night, and I was full of dread.  I had to make a change.  I had been serving the poor and addicted population of Oakland, California for close to […]

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“Thank You Notes and Gratitude” by Bev Scott

“Thank You Notes and Gratitude” by Bev Scott

The Saturday after Thanksgiving I opened a thank you note in the U.S. mail from a couple who joined us for Thanksgiving dinner.  I was touched by their note and by their promptness.  I felt very grateful for their friendship in my life.  These positive feelings of gratitude reminded me of an article in The […]

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“Using What You Have to Get What You Want” by Mark Guterman

“Using What You Have to Get What You Want” by Mark Guterman

Carol Dweck’s recent book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, talks about the importance of attitude and its impact on the way see into the future and how we take steps moving toward goals.  She makes a distinction between a “fixed mindset,” where the belief is that our qualities are set in stone and that […]

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“Generation Ageless” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Generation Ageless” by Patricia Cavanaugh

I recently attended a roundtable discussion of Generation Ageless:  Longevity and the Boomers at Stanford University moderated by Tom Brokaw.  My colleagues and I, from the Northern California chapter of the Life Planning Network, wanted to hear what some of the top researchers and representatives of the Boomer and Mature generations had to say about […]

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“In Search of Wisdom” by Bev Scott

“In Search of Wisdom” by Bev Scott

This time of turmoil, economic melt-downs, religious and ethnic strife, natural and man-made disasters, war and political upheaval, has raised questions for me and many of those with whom I have conversations.  We are all searching for alternatives.  We are asking, “where is the wisdom to see our way through these challenges?”  The political environment, […]

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“3 Holiday Challenges” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“3 Holiday Challenges” by Patricia Cavanaugh

I just got off the phone with Southwest Airlines.  I am planning a trip to southern California to visit my children for Thanksgiving and was delighted to see the senior rates still available. So the season begins full of delights but often fraught with challenges.  The holidays have changed for many “boomers” and the “matures”. […]

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“Putting Off Retirement?” by Bev Scott

“Putting Off Retirement?” by Bev Scott

Have your dreams of retirement become lost in a distant haze?  Are wondering if you will ever be able to quit work?  With the deepest postwar recession many of us found our savings and housing values decimated by the market meltdown.  With the continuing uncertainty of a full economic recovery, we are wondering if retirement […]

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