As per usual, our bloggers have been busy reflecting on life and aging, digesting the latest news, and writing about it all. See what everyone has been up to and be sure to add your voice to the conversation.
Laura Lee Carter, aka the Midlife Crisis Queen, asks whether you have heard about the mirror that automatically tells you you’re great. What’s next?
On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about how to avoid trouble if you’re renting a vacation house or condo. Don’t wire money, watch out for low prices that might be scams, and get a copy of the contract before you send deposit money are among the tips to help you find a successful vacation rental.
Six Decades and Counting takes a look this week at a travel option a lot of people are taking advantage of – airbnb, an internet-based list of lodgings located throughout the world. An airbnb host since June, Meryl discusses the new business phenomenon which has become very popular, attracting criticism from competitors and government attention and possible intervention.
Most of us know that our marriages are different from our parents. But have you ever sat down and thought about how and why? Kathy Gottberg on her blog SMART Living 365 takes the time on this, her 37th Anniversary, to come up with “Five Big Ways My Marriage Differs From My Mom’s.”
Tom Sightings covers a sensitive topic when he takes a look at a recent article called “Why I Hope to Die at 75.” The author, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel of the University of Pennsylvania, claims that by age 75 any man or woman will have lived a full life — they will have finished their career, raised a family, seen their grandchildren begin to grow up. By age 75, there’s nothing left to do, he says, but hang on and suffer the degradations of old age. Dodder over to Are You Supposed to Die at 75? and see if you agree with him or think he’s getting senile.
And finally, on Modern Senior, Amy Blitchok also addresses a recent, controversial article about death and whether our right to choose a humane death should be written into law. Inevitably, this topic will continue to be a part of the news and cultural debates in America. The fact is that more people are living longer, but suffering from chronic, incurable disease. We can control the symptoms, but not without severely limiting quality of life. Then there is the question of how to address the rights of terminally ill patients. All this begs the question of whether Death with Dignity should be the law in more states.