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Award-winning journalist Andrea King Collier talks about aging
Andrea King Collier, 65, is an award-winning journalist based in Lansing, Michigan, who has been writing—mostly about health and health policy—for over 25 years. Her work has appeared in national publications, including Next Avenue, AARP Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, the Atlantic, Town and Country, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of Still With Me: A Daughter’s Journey of Love and Loss, about being a caregiver, and the Black Woman’s Guide to Black Men’s Health.
Online dating: Is it for you?
Joan Price is an upbeat, warm, friendly expert who is chock-full of information for all of us baby boomers looking to meet someone special. She found love in her 70s through online dating and has great advice for those of you willing to try it.
Jazz musician Joan Cartwright on being a Renaissance woman
Dr. Joan Cartwright, age 74, began singing at the age of 4 and never stopped. An explosive jazz and blues singer, composer, and educator, she has performed in the U.S. and Europe for 30 years—and she holds a doctorate in business administration. I interviewed this fascinating, multitalented woman hoping to find out the secret of her nonstop energy.
Streaming movies with older actors
It’s hard to find recent streaming films with older actors and themes that speak to an older audience, but there are a few. Here are the ones I recommend.
Traveling North America this summer
I love car and train trips and voted for staying close to home because of all the uncertainty. If you are itching to get away this summer, here are some trips to consider.
How to find younger friends in your older years
I will not sugarcoat the reality here: It’s HARD to make friends as you age, especially younger friends. So how do you find younger friends, much less keep them? Here are some ideas.
Volunteering to help yourself
volunteering is whatever you want it to be. It’s your time, and you get to choose. What is clear is that volunteering will not only help others, but it will also help you by lessening depression, increasing optimism and sense of purpose in life, and counteracting loneliness.