Tag Archives: aging

Some reflections on aging, writing and memory

Does this ever happen to you? Lately I’ve noticed that I’m having difficulty retrieving words. Not always, but often enough to be aware of it. It happened just the other day, when I saw the word “ribald” in something I was reading. I know what the word means, but I couldn’t think of synonyms to […]

8 ways men and women age differently

The existence of fart jokes, belching contests and bra-snapping would appear proof-positive that boys are less mature than girls during childhood and adolescence. Now science validates it, with UK researchers discovering that girls tend to optimize brain connections earlier, so they generally mature faster than boys in certain cognitive and emotional areas. But while women […]

Do you suffer from age-related a**hat allergy syndrome?

I appear to have developed some later-in-life allergies. These aren’t the typical allergic reactions—like sneezing and itchy eyes—to things like pollen, dust or animal dander. Instead, I’m having reactions to a variety of behaviors I encounter. It’s a condition I’ve dubbed age-related asshat allergy syndrome, or AAAS. We can acquire new allergies as we age; […]

Want to live longer? Read this.

Hardly a day goes by that we aren’t confronted by the fact that we’re getting older. From the barrage of ads for anti-aging products, to the weird snap, crackle and pop noises our bodies start making, to that older-looking person staring back at us in the mirror—the passage of time is impossible to ignore. And […]

Eek! My husband has a joint mouse!

At midlife, sometimes I feel like a car that’s out of warranty – that point at which things inevitably start to go awry. You know – leaks, lubrication problems, excessive overheating, smoke from the tailpipe, wear and tear (and I’m not talking about my Subaru). Let’s face it: as we get older, our bodies start […]

Plucking moustache hairs & other things I didn’t have to do 20 years ago

As I stood at the magnifying mirror one recent morning plucking rogue moustache hairs, it occurred to me that this was something I never had to do 20 years ago. Damned interlopers! I have two words for errant facial hairs: pluck ‘em! This got me thinking about all the other things I didn’t have to […]

Is a good night’s sleep at our age just a dream?

Until about my mid-forties, I slept like a champ. Fell asleep easily, slept through the night, and woke up feeling refreshed. I thought insomnia was something only neurotic people had. Then came perimenopause and menopause, knocking me off the lofty perch of the well-rested and into crazy-making midlife sleeplessness. Sleep is elusive when estrogen starts […]