Five Keys to a Fulfilled Elderhood

By Ron Pevny Every day, some 10,000 baby boomers reach the age of 65.  We do so in a society that offers little in the way of a truly empowering vision for life’s later chapters.  With no societally honored role for older adults, finding meaning and purpose is a challenge for many of us as we reach “retirement age.”  If our goal is to thrive as elders, it is critical that we understand how to do so, rather than merely drifting into old age hoping for the best.  It is possible for us to age intentionally, with a sense...

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The Power of Belief

By Ron Pevny What do you believe your later years will look like?  Many of us never think about the beliefs we carry inside us as our months become years and years turn into decades. Your beliefs may well determine the answer to this question. In recent years, a host of research has been adding its voice to the age-old wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions in emphasizing the importance of belief and attitude in determining how our lives unfold. Some compelling and well-publicized research was done in the Yale School of Public Health by professor Becca Levy. In the...

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Conscious Aging

The art, the practice and the gift of conscious aging by Ron Pevny “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”   Michelangelo What do I aim for as I age? What does aging mean to me? How do I deal with my fears of aging? How can I find fulfillment and dignity as I grow older? What is the purpose of my life after retirement? Such questions of meaning and purpose arise in the quiet hours for...

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