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Barbara Klein Blogger

I hit the Second 50 mark a while back, but have my sights on a different goal –much longer, quality living.

While I may have a ‘dr’ in front of my name, the credentials for this blog are the same as yours – I am on a journey to Age with Pizzazz, whether that is body, mind, spirit or just fun and learning.  It is important to me to share related information with others as well.

I currently live in Southern Oregon with my husband, Michael.  I have had the good fortune (well, usually good fortune) to have called several states my home: Vermont, New York (family home with various locations along the way), Massachusetts (a short stint), Georgia, West Virginia, Connecticut, Arizona and most recently (2014) Oregon.

I grew up in upstate New York to a financially-modest family and did most of my schooling there.  My undergraduate work was in education (music and special education).  I did post graduate work in music therapy (and became an RMT – Registered Music Therapist).  My master’s degree from The New School in New York was in Hospital and Health Care Administration – and also convinced me that along with wonderful advancements, much is wrong with our traditional American medical and health care system (at least at that point).  There was a year more of pre-med courses in the southeast and then a doctorate degree in chiropractic (an industry that also has its many up and down sides).

I often joke that I have had as many professions or jobs as I do fingers.  To live up to that claim, I will name some: waitress, low-level banker, music and special Ed teacher, music therapist, mental health professional, gig performer, real estate agent (for which I had a shot at being the worst ever), probation officer, chiropractor, author and consultant.

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Passing Thoughts for Memorial Day

“We don’t know them all but we owe them all.” – Unknown Often Memorial Day is celebrated as a tribute only for the wounded, maimed or killed in battle. Indeed, it is certainly a time to consid…

“We don’t know t…

“We don’t know them all but we owe them all.” – Unknown Often Memorial Day is celebrated as a tribute only for the wounded, maimed or killed in battle. Indeed, it is certainly a time to consider and honor their sacrifice. In these times of conflict in so many corners of the world, we’re not limited in number of those vanquished prematurely. Along with these fallen, I suspect that many of us contemplate our own non-military losses as well. A day to observe all who are “gone but not forgotten” reverberates in many hearts. When my friend Kathleen suffered the loss of her mom recentl…

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Quick & Fun Balance Training

A couple months ago I noted a few leaders who have stumbled, fallen and hurt themselves to one degree or other. See “Don’t Fall… in Line with Leaders.” We visited the dozen dangers to avoid th…

A couple months ago …

A couple months ago I noted a few leaders who have stumbled, fallen and hurt themselves to one degree or other. See “Don’t Fall… in Line with Leaders.” We visited the dozen dangers to avoid those slips and falls. Those leaders are famous, we may not be. We still want to learn to circumvent those risks that led to such down-falls. I admit, and am sure you agree, that it isn’t always possible to catch ourselves from falling. Although there are keys to ‘better falling,’ we won’t cover that here. Instead, our focus is how best to reduce frequency and severity. It is never too early…

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Golden Years, Golden Choices: Navigating Marriage Later in Life

GUEST WRITER, HAZEL BRIDGES Note from drb: A special shout out to Guest Author, Hazel Bridges. She chose an issue I don’t have experience with, and would not have thought to cover. It’s spring. Lo…

GUEST WRITER, HAZEL …

GUEST WRITER, HAZEL BRIDGES Note from drb: A special shout out to Guest Author, Hazel Bridges. She chose an issue I don’t have experience with, and would not have thought to cover. It’s spring. Love is in the air all around us. Seniors are not immune to spring-fever and many adults find themselves in later-year romances. Some of those relationships progress onward to house-mates or marriages. Marrying later in life opens a new chapter filled with unique joys and challenges. Senior couples bring a wealth of experience to their union, yet they face specific considerations in blending their l…

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Day to Reveal THE Key to Longevity

This is a perfect time for the Big Reveal, the ultimate secret to longevity. After almost 10 years writing this blog, and for some of you almost 10 years reading it, I figured it was a goal to conquer…

This is a perfect ti…

This is a perfect time for the Big Reveal, the ultimate secret to longevity. After almost 10 years writing this blog, and for some of you almost 10 years reading it, I figured it was a goal to conquer, a treasure to find. The Plan I couldn’t do it. My plan was to write an entire blog revealing the #1 key to longevity, THE queen-of-queens from all the rest. After I described the benefits and shared study literature reinforcing my theory, perhaps even promoting my own fitness program (PizzazzEE-25), I would end explaining the ultimate key. No. Actually, that wouldn’t be the end. The end woul…

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Hospital Induced Dementia

Last week, sitting in a class on aging issues and care resources, my head popped up in surprise. A woman inquired about a term I had not heard before – “Hospital Induced Dementia.” Those of us w…

Last week, sitting i…

Last week, sitting in a class on aging issues and care resources, my head popped up in surprise. A woman inquired about a term I had not heard before – “Hospital Induced Dementia.” Those of us who work in, around, write or even just read about health care are frequently alerted to ‘new’ terminology. I figured others might not be familiar with this risk either, and awareness is a helpful thing. The phrase was new to me, but when I decided to do more reading on it, I realized that the experience was not new to me at all.  I had encountered it three times with my mother, never having a…

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A Little Bit of Grudge … Goes a Long, Long Way

On Valentine’s Day, just past, a long-time friend from back east died. A big guy, he sadly became less and less interested in aging with any kind of pizzazz. Kent was older than me, but for a while,…

On Valentine’s Day…

On Valentine’s Day, just past, a long-time friend from back east died. A big guy, he sadly became less and less interested in aging with any kind of pizzazz. Kent was older than me, but for a while, when we were both single, we were close friends (without benefits). At a time in our lives when it might have been easy to let loneliness swallow us, we each served as a fairly-healthy crutch. Good times, fun adventures and a fair number of laughs. Later we each found someone leading us both to “happily ever-after” relationships. But our own relationship did not always go happily forward. The…

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Universal Design in Kitchen Utensils

Chop, Chop, Scrap, Scrap, Swish, Swish. Sounds similar to these come from my kitchen many hours a week. Repeat, MANY hours. It dawned on me recently that there’s a great variety displayed in our kit…

Chop, Chop, Scrap, S…

Chop, Chop, Scrap, Scrap, Swish, Swish. Sounds similar to these come from my kitchen many hours a week. Repeat, MANY hours. It dawned on me recently that there’s a great variety displayed in our kitchen utensils, and their quality. Over the years, I’ve accumulated 4 vegetable (potato) peelers. Not all are created equal. As we age, we can get fussier about the material things around us, and why not? We want reliable, consistent function. Universal Design One of those chop/scrap/swish times got me thinking about universal design and aging in place. No doubt, you’ve read something about uni…

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B-E-F-A-S-T – Regarding Stroke

Have you noticed, the color red adorns half the store aisles currently, promotions for the next holiday marketing opportunity? How about a different kind of ‘valentine’ for yourself or a loved one…

Have you noticed, th…

Have you noticed, the color red adorns half the store aisles currently, promotions for the next holiday marketing opportunity? How about a different kind of ‘valentine’ for yourself or a loved one this year? I often attend or listen to presentations on health care, aging and a multitude of other issues. This is aside from all the political policy ones in which I take part. These days with the aid of zoom and webinars near and far, there are really too many to consider. We have to pick carefully. Frankly, I don’t always. Some are disappointing. Not this one. I listened to a local neurolog…

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Don’t Fall….in line with Leaders

I remember the day that Sonia Sotomayer was sworn into office, replacing Justice David Souter and being the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court. Yet, perhaps receiving more attention was a sum…

I remember the day t…

I remember the day that Sonia Sotomayer was sworn into office, replacing Justice David Souter and being the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court. Yet, perhaps receiving more attention was a summer day before that in 2009. She had 6 meetings scheduled with Senate leaders (who would decide her fate). While rushing through the LaGuardia airport en route to the consultations, she stumbled and fractured her ankle. She arrived at the meetings on crutches and all the pictures (like a famous one with Senator Grasley) showed her in a big white cast. These types of headlines caught mishaps of oth…

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A Dozen Things Learned During 2023

Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with Interest. It’s that time again. Sharing a few things that I’ve learned each year is always difficult. Picking out a variety and not getting too much into t…

Wishing you a Happy …

Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with Interest. It’s that time again. Sharing a few things that I’ve learned each year is always difficult. Picking out a variety and not getting too much into the weeds is tricky. The latter is tough because as I start reading more and more and the hour is gone, and then the next hour is gone. I know that you are – like I am – overwhelmed with news and materials from myriad sources. I send thanks to loyal readers who keep Aging_With_Pizzazz as one of those sources. Admittedly, my dozen fragments are just tidbits to consider, but hopefully a bit of fu…

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Year End Gift – ABC’s of Maturity

For years now, I have periodically re-visited a chart I made for myself eons ago.  It has undergone numerous reincarnations; presumably following the evolution of my own life and ideas. It was origin…

For years now, I hav…

For years now, I have periodically re-visited a chart I made for myself eons ago.  It has undergone numerous reincarnations; presumably following the evolution of my own life and ideas. It was originally produced for my first (and now out-of-print) book, cited in the footnote.  However, I had actually been working on it long before that.  So, taking it out of the closet once again and shaking off the virtual mothball-smelling dust, I updated it (at least) one more time. My Gift to You I offer this ABCs chart to you as a year-end gift.  I hope you can relate to it for the reminders we all n…

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Effect of Social Isolation on Wellbeing not a Myth

We’ve all read about loneliness in senior-hood. I know I’ve “been there.” Most of us have. Some of us experience it all too often, to one degree or another. I recently heard a statistic from m…

We’ve all read abo…

We’ve all read about loneliness in senior-hood. I know I’ve “been there.” Most of us have. Some of us experience it all too often, to one degree or another. I recently heard a statistic from my (current) home state of Oregon that shocked me. The state has the highest rate of suicide in males over 85 years old. We have a large population in rural settings. That frequently results in both economic hardships and social isolation. This is despite the stereotype of traditional civic groups and church activities that are thought to be more active and common in small towns and rural areas. Wh…

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Top 10 Deficiencies in Typical Senior Diet

Are you weary of articles and experts telling you how poor your diet is? You’ve lived this long, right? I too, may be guilty of these proclamations. However, my approach frequently brings the phase …

Are you weary of art…

Are you weary of articles and experts telling you how poor your diet is? You’ve lived this long, right? I too, may be guilty of these proclamations. However, my approach frequently brings the phase ‘grain of salt’ to mind. And of course, I’m not referring to the saltshaker. Our bodies are amazing, they can deal with lots that we throw at them, or put in them. We survive bad injuries, bad habits and bad diets. You may continue to endure all of these. If you just want to ‘endure’, you might ignore or take the following suggestions with that aforementioned “grain of salt.” But if …

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Neuroscientist’s Advice on Memory & Dementia

Late last year I had the opportunity to hear a (surprisingly) amusing lecture by David Tullar, a neurology expert specializing in memory. Now, who would expect to chuckle and even laugh out loud durin…

Late last year I had…

Late last year I had the opportunity to hear a (surprisingly) amusing lecture by David Tullar, a neurology expert specializing in memory. Now, who would expect to chuckle and even laugh out loud during a talk on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other dementia issues? Especially puzzling to enjoy the humor as we ourselves age. Yet, that was the situation as Dr. Tullar gave practical advice on how to deal with those having memory problems.  (Hint: sticky notes have limited success.)  He considers the two most difficult challenges for caretakers to be: The never-ending question(s). Did the person…

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Aging in Place: Practical Home Improvement Tips for Seniors

GUEST WRITER – Hazel Bridges It’s no secret that aging can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. I’m not yet in the advanced senior category, but already starting to understand the next …

GUEST WRITER – Haz…

GUEST WRITER – Hazel Bridges It’s no secret that aging can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. I’m not yet in the advanced senior category, but already starting to understand the next life stage. As we grow older, our bodies change and we often find it harder to do things we once nonchalantly took for granted (think walking up and down the stairs or getting in and out of bed). Many seniors opt to age in place, which essentially means living in the same home they’ve lived in for years — instead of relocating to another home or Moving into a facility or community. Aging in pl…

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Longevity and Savings Connection

“We may not have a lot of money, but we’ve done better than our parents,” my husband said one recent morning. We were discussing the advantages of being rich vs. poor (in philosophical terms). T…

“We may not have a…

“We may not have a lot of money, but we’ve done better than our parents,” my husband said one recent morning. We were discussing the advantages of being rich vs. poor (in philosophical terms). The chatting began with our concern for younger people coming of age now. Surprisingly, after a few other observations of how we managed with our limited familial opportunities, he added another. I didn’t expect it. “I think one of our advantages was 120 years” he explained, referencing a book I wrote (now out-of-print) that was not commercially successful. I was amazed. How could he be think…

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Creatures, Critters & Seniors – is the Health Benefit Real?

I encounter human-animal connections all around me. Just consider some of the quirky ‘celebrated’ days in the last few months of the year. I’m certain I’ve missed more obscure entries, but her…

I encounter human-an…

I encounter human-animal connections all around me. Just consider some of the quirky ‘celebrated’ days in the last few months of the year. I’m certain I’ve missed more obscure entries, but here’s at least a partial list. Nat’l Hummingbird Day Sept 2 Nat’l Wildlife Day Sept 4 Nat’l Pet Memorial Day Sept 9 Nat’l Hug your Hound day Sept 10 Responsible Dog Ownership Day Sept 16 Puppy Mill Awareness Day Sept 16 Nat’l Pet Bird Day Sept 17 Nat’l Elephant Appreciation Day Sept 22 World Rhino Day Sept 22 Nat’l Hunting & Fishing Day Sept 23  (oops, nix that for this loving v…

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Donald Duck and drb, but Hopefully Not You

Common, but Solvable Postural Problem A good friend (I’ll call her ‘P’) is a tall, pretty woman, but with noticeably terrible posture. Frankly, weary of my insensitive commenting on it periodica…

Common, but Solvable…

Common, but Solvable Postural Problem A good friend (I’ll call her ‘P’) is a tall, pretty woman, but with noticeably terrible posture. Frankly, weary of my insensitive commenting on it periodically, one night after a difficult project ‘P’ shot back “well, look at your slumped shoulders.” She was correct. Often when depressed or tired I will definitely look like I am “slumping.” However, she missed my more consistent postural issue, one which started decades ago, and with which I still struggle regularly. It’s noticeable to me. Others may not register the problem, but just g…

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