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Does life at 50 match up to what we thought it would be at age 20?  For that matter, does any 20-year-old even imagine life at 50? 

Former NPR reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty took serious stock of her life when she went through what she now calls a "faux midlife crisis."  It led to a book called Life Reimagined

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Marc Freedman is not into plastic surgery, nutritional supplements, or the Singularity. He's about bridging the generational divide in ways that benefit old and young alike. 

Freedman has been working on issues of our aging population for most of his professional life. With such a large percentage of the population now over the age of 50, Freedman sees a vital need to unite the generations.

It's what young people want and need, he says, and it's vital both to the quality of life for older people and for the general health of our society.  He wrote a book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations.  

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"Feel years younger now!"  We hear claims like that frequently, especially with 10,000 Americans reaching retirement age every day. 

Can you believe any of them?  Maybe, says microbiologist Carolina Livi. 

She has been working for a biotech company and teaching at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, exploring some of the products offered to slow the aging process.  Her work focuses on fasting and the drug rapamycin. 

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The United States is a graying country; the median age is near 40. 

In many African countries, the median age is under 20, so it might behoove the world to invest some time and money into understanding teens. 

That is an approach advocated by Nick Allen, University of Oregon professor and director of UO's Center for Digital Mental Health.  He and colleagues at the University of California-Berkeley recently made the case for expanded study of development and other issues for teenagers. 

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Few people ever talk about WANTING to move into a senior care facility. 

Most of us would prefer to stay in our own homes, albeit with some amenities that help us deal with the issues of old age. 

Age Friendly Innovators of Jacksonville works with seniors to help them "age in place."  Among the issues: what are the additional needs of seniors who live in rural areas, beyond the walking distance of needed services? 

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"Midlife crisis" comes with a stock photo in America, and usually one question: Corvette or Mustang?  Or some other red sports car? 

Kieran Setiya offers another choice: Aristotle or Schopenhauer?  Those are not sports cars, as you might have detected. 

Kieran Setiya is a professor of philosophy at MIT, and he offers up the wisdom of the ancients (and some more recent thinkers) in his book Midlife: A Philosophical Guide

(Mid) Life Reimagined

Mar 22, 2016
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So what DO we do with our lives when we're beyond the mid-point?  Hunker down and push on to retirement, or take a different approach? 

Barbara Bradley Hagerty chose the second door, a process she unfolds in her book Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife

The name might be familiar: Hagerty was an NPR correspondent, heard on our airwaves many times over the years. 

She put her reporter skills to work, asked lots of questions, and uncovered a wealth of information about how to enrich life as it enters its later chapters. 

Meet The Authors: "How To Age In Place"

Sep 16, 2013
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Call it a senior center or an "old folks' home," few people want to go there to live out the remaining days of their lives, no matter how comfortable.

Many seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes, a process called aging in place.