Was It Jerry? Why Animals Help Us Age Better

Every Thanksgiving, the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City presents its Feast with the Beast festival. In the morning, before folks sit down to their dinner and football rituals, the zookeepers serve pumpkins and other delicacies to the elephants, large cats, bears and other mammals. The visitors—adults and children alike—“ooh” and “ahh”...

Longevity and Medicare: Not Perfect Together

This week, two high school seniors from Hunterdon County, New Jersey, received an award from the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) that most of our health-care policymakers could never win. Catherine Owens and Kate Murray of the Polytech Career and Technical High School were awarded a gold medal...

Stand Up: An Easy Way to Live Longer and Be More Fit in a Sedentary World

I probably don’t have to convince you that prolonged sitting is not healthy, but I do want you to be aware of how bad it truly is and why. People who sit for prolonged periods increase their risk for premature death caused by resultant poor circulation and heart disease. For...

10 (Mostly Free) Splurges That You Deserve After 50

I can hear my mother’s voice ringing in my ears saying, You deserve it. She was referring to her belief that a little indulgence is essential to happiness and that I—and everyone—should take the time (and expense) to go after our wants and wishes and the things we desire in life....

Don’t Ditch Your Toxic Friends…They Might Change

About a dozen years ago, my friend Kathy (name changed) told me that she had dumped all of her “toxic” friends and felt much better. I was dubious. Was a friend exorcism the way to go when friendship is so hard to come by? There’s a growing body of...