Strengthening Later Life Marriage

A marriage that lasts through the years brings couples a sense of accomplishment, security, and comfort. Sometimes, though, security and comfort can make it easy to fall into the "old shoe syndrome", where married life becomes dull and partners take one another for granted. Treating a lasting marriage with the appreciation it deserves might be compared to seeing old, worn shoes as "plush suede" or "buttery-soft leather". Just as a proud owner of such shoes would never slosh them through a mu...
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Birth, Life, Death – Three Easy Steps

by Merrill Aging is a peculiar phenomenon. It occurs without our permission or approval, it doesn’t happen quickly enough when we are young, goes way too fast when we are old, and we are unaware of its presence while it is inflicting itself upon us. We are in a constant state of NOW – that thing you see in front of your eyes at any given moment. There’s really no past or future there’s always and only that thing we call NOW. At least that’s what happens to me. Meanwhile, life events...
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Retirement Home Envy

by Merrill [Note:  We'll all be old some day (we hope), so it's important for us to be able to laugh at ourselves - Editor] It seems that Keeping Up With the Joneses continues on into the twilight years of life. My mother now lives in a very nice retirement facility and the first thing I noticed when I visited her were all the handicap spaces in the parking lot, which seems logical. On the other hand, how much driving should these octogenarians and nonagenarians be doing? Sadly, we ...
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Aging and Dying: Gradual Graduation into God’s Presence

By: Marci M I’m here to tell you that death isn’t the end. Not for my mom, my friends, for you or for me. That means that all my life I’ve been aging: moving towards graduation into the next world, to live with God once more. We lived with Him before this life; we’ll live with Him again. As the decades pile up, I begin to notice the effects of aging. I begin to notice my body wearing out, piece by piece. I used to be able to stretch farther than that; I used to be faster at that; I used to...
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How May We Face Aging with Peace?

By Connie S. At age 68 I have given some thought to the process of aging, and have determined that what is most daunting in it for me is the fear of becoming powerless. After all, one of the attempts of my husband and me, to counter the impression that we are becoming frail victims was to install a new doorbell. When pushed, it responds with a deep growl followed by several seconds of loud barking. Those who are unaware that my husband’s feet and my knees will not allow us to walk a dog will ass...
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