How Happy are you?

  How do we measure happiness?  The Blue Zones  project says that we measure it through the following 3 factors: Pride: having a sense of pride in what you do, where you live, in your job etc. , Pleasure: how many times did you laugh or smile, how much joy do you...

How well do you sleep?

Do you find you are not sleeping as soundly as you used to?  The other night I managed 7 hours unbroken sleep and I cannot tell you how good it felt.  I woke up a different person.  That may not seem to be a huge deal, but if your norm is disturbed sleep and early...

Should we view Retirement differently?

  “It’s funny. Old age means endurance, continuity, survival. Things to appreciate, right? But popular culture seems to focus more on the negative than the positive aspects of growing older. In film and television, older adults are frequently depicted as...

We don’t need to fear frailty

I don’t want to make a habit of posting someone else’s writing on my blog, but this article by a colleague, a retirement coach in the US, caught my interest.  So many seem to fear retirement because they see it as the start of the slippery slope to frailty and loss of...

Feeling adrift on Retirement?

  Last week I was talking to a friend who retired a few years back. She had built an organization up from scratch over 37 years and when she finally retired, she said she felt completely adrift. Until then, she had no idea of how important the job had been in...

Welcome 2019

Welcome to 2019.  I trust you have had a break and are feeling ready to embrace the new year. During the past week I have been thinking that if I don’t decide now where I want to be by December, then I could drift into the year and in December find I have not achieved...

Reflecting on 2018

In my last blog, I mentioned the value to be found in taking time to close off the year before proceeding to 2019.  The response from a long-time friend was to please give some direction as to how to do this process, so I thought I would devote this last blog for 2018...

How are you choosing to look back on 2018?

As we hit the downward slope to the end of another year, the tendency for most of us is to look back and decide whether it has been a good year, or not.   This is, in fact, an important process to complete before we embark on our goals for 2019.  I would like to add a...

Are you an Elder Orphan?

This week I am doing a workshop for an Adult Education programme on Elder Orphans.  I came across the term a few years ago, and it stuck with me because I am an elder orphan myself.  I have no children who might step in and support me when I am frail and infirm.   So...

Do we need less sleep as we age?

  Do you have difficulty getting 7-8 hours unbroken sleep at night?  Do you tell yourself that the older you are the less sleep you need?  Yes, that is what our parents believed, but science is proving otherwise. Virtually every process in our body can be...