Can walking lengthen your life?

As I write, I am just home after my morning walk with the dogs in Newlands forest at the foot of Table Mountain.  Since the Autumn solstice, the morning walks are becoming crisper and bracing as we head for winter.  Why would I be sharing that with you?  Well, in...

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...