How Coronavirus Might Save Your Life

Over the past two weeks, I have changed my status from “old lady” to a member of a “vulnerable population.” But I don’t mind it at all. The new branding just may save my life. Before I explain, let me turn your attention to a blast from the past....

I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Mace: How to Get Out of Your Exercise Rut

I’m getting bored by my exercise routine. Considering how often I got detention for cutting gym in Samuel Tilden High, it’s amazing that I have an exercise routine at all, boring or otherwise. Still, after 10 years at the same treadmill…countless squats and lifts…and classes, I need to come...

Why Are Grandma and Grandpa Wearing Masks?

There is conflicting information about how important it is to wear a protective mask and whether they do any good against coronavirus. It seems masks are most valuable to protect others from you if you have a bug. But, especially if you are an older adult, you may want...

The Happy Prisoner: The Ultimate Secret of Enjoying Sequestration

Since I’ve been sequestered because of COVID-19, I have reached a heady level of productivity and, dare I say, happiness. I know that you have been inundated with sound advice and how-tos. Inevitably, wash your hands, take an online course in Swahili and clean out the garage gets a...

Curtain Down, Chin Up: How and Why You Must Save Live Theatre Right Now

It is with a heavy heart that I write today. One of America’s greatest playwrights, Terrance McNally, died of complications from the coronavirus on March 24. Ordinarily, there would be a spate of revivals of his many award-winning plays, such as the hilarious The Ritz, adapted for a motion picture…Kiss...

Piggy-Back PR: How Marketers Are Capitalizing on Coronavirus

I recently updated a novella I wrote for a class at University of Southern California at Davis School of Gerontology. I was invited to be a guest lecturer on the topic of marketing to boomers and seniors. Instead of a textbook for the students, I wrote a love story...

I’m So Ashamed. A Day in the Life of a Coronavirus Slob

I know you won’t believe this, but before the coronavirus hit, I didn’t own a vegetable brush. Not only did I not scrub my produce, but on more than one occasion, I ate the label on the apple. I believe that my large intestines sport a permanent tattoo that...

Biohacking for Tummies: How Your Vanity Can Increase Your Longevity

Biohacking is the pursuit of changing our biochemistry, cell structure and even the way our genes express themselves (react to stimuli in the environment) so that we can live longer and healthier lives. Many biohackers foresee living at least to the biblical age of 120 or even, for some,...

Aging Researchers Talk Candidly About Alzheimer’s Research

The following is an interview I was fortunate enough to have with leading neuroscientists from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—Dr. Suzana Petanceska, Director for Strategic Development and Partnerships and Dr. Lorenzo Refolo, Director for Alzheimer’s Disease, Drug Development in the Division of Neuroscience...