Posts on: November 2015

Pre-Retirement Burnout Is a Thing

0 comments / November 22, 2015

I burned a couple of professional bridges last week. That’s something I have been careful not to do in a long, mostly self-employed career. I’ve had a reputation for being more than a bit prickly, demanding of others but also of myself. In this case, I crossed the line to cantankerous. The difference: In theRead more

Change of Plans

0 comments / November 20, 2015

According to the National Health Interview Survey, “Employed older adults had better health outcomes than unemployed older adults.” But correlation doesn’t equal causation. Maybe working longer keeps people healthy. Or maybe people have to leave the workplace when their health fails them. As we learned during the Great Recession, six months of unemployment makes itRead more

And So It Begins: Needles and Pins

0 comments / November 16, 2015

My cat introduced me to acupuncture. Shirley was about 15 when she suddenly became nauseated, unbalanced, unable to walk. She crawled under the bed and I lay on the floor beside her, waiting for the vet’s office to open so I could have her euthanized. By Monday, Shirley hadn’t died. My wonderful vet, Nancy Balto,Read more

Baby Boomers Now Get Their Drugs Legally

0 comments / November 10, 2015

Once again, I find myself in a minority. I’m not only left-handed, blue-eyed and politically liberal. I’m also a person over 65 who takes no prescription drugs on a regular basis. According to an AARP survey, 89 percent of people in my age bracket take prescription drugs “regularly.” That term is, admittedly, ambiguous. Does itRead more

Margaret, Are You Grieving?

0 comments / November 2, 2015

What is it about cancer? These days many types are treatable, curable even. It’s so much scarier to hear “metastasized sarcoma” than “congestive heart failure,” no matter how much better the five-year survival rate might be. Years ago I heard a wonderful speaker named Terry Tafoya (he’s since gotten himself into some hot water forRead more