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Don Akchin Publisher/Podcaster at The EndGame

Don Akchin is a recovering journalist who publishes a weekly newsletter and biweekly podcast called The EndGame, which encourages "chronologically gifted" Baby Boomers to live their later years with joy and purpose. In his former life he wrote for magazines, newspapers, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations.

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Ageism Is So Pervasive, Even We Believe It

Photo by NIKITA SHIROKOV on UnsplashBe honest: Do you cringe when someone calls you old? Do you apply cosmetics to camouflage wrinkles and other signs of aging? Do you hate that gray and try to was…

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Photo by NIKITA SHIROKOV on UnsplashBe honest: Do you cringe when someone calls you old? Do you apply cosmetics to camouflage wrinkles and other signs of aging? Do you hate that gray and try to wash it away? The EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.If so, you’re in excellent company. We know intellectually that we have every right to be proud of our years of hard-won experience. We know we should wear our age like a badge of pride. But as long as we’re being honest, let’s admit that it’s damn…

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Summer’s Here and the Time is Right for Melting in the Streets

Photo by Fellipe Ditadi for Unsplash+The EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.Summer has always been my favo…

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Photo by Fellipe Ditadi for Unsplash+The EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.Summer has always been my favorite season. In addition to the strong emotional connection I make between summer and academic freedom – freedom from academics, that is – I love baseball, cookouts, watermelon, walking barefoot in the grass, ice cream, and reading books just for fun.  These days, though, I find my appreciation for the season diminishing. My jubilation is tempered by temperatures rising to dizzying heights an…

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“We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us”*

No. 60/July 3, 2024NewScan is a biweekly briefing on news relevant to readers of The EndGame. NewScan is a premium feature exclusively for paid subscribers.Campaign Aims to End Ageism in OurselvesChan…

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No. 60/July 3, 2024NewScan is a biweekly briefing on news relevant to readers of The EndGame. NewScan is a premium feature exclusively for paid subscribers.Campaign Aims to End Ageism in OurselvesChanging the Narrative, a Colorado-based initiative to end ageism, has launched a 2024 campaign to end internalized ageism – the ageist beliefs buried deep wit… Read more

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Back to the Future: The Multigenerational Home is Making a Comeback

Photo by Tashka for iStockphotoWhen we were growing up, it was expected that we would get educated, get a job, and get our own place to live, more or less in that order.The EndGame is a reader-support…

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Photo by Tashka for iStockphotoWhen we were growing up, it was expected that we would get educated, get a job, and get our own place to live, more or less in that order.The EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.It’s easy to believe that this is how it always was and how it always will be. In fact, we just happened to live at a fortunate time in the history of America. Life didn’t work quite that way in the past, and the housing market today makes it nearly impossible to work that way now.Share The En…

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Yes, Virginia, There is Sex After Sixty

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash+The EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.You might think that after 40+ …

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash+The EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.You might think that after 40+ years of having sex, craving sex, obsessing over sex, dressing for sex, dreaming of sex, talking about sex, joking about sex, getting anxious about sex, enjoying sex, pretending to enjoy sex, feeling guilty about sex, feeling embarrassed about sex – perhaps older adults might be ready to say, “Enough, already.”That attitude certainly conforms with certain pervasive and offensive stereotypes …

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Yes, Virginia, There is Sex After Sixty

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash+The EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.You might think that after 40+ …

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash+The EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.You might think that after 40+ years of having sex, craving sex, obsessing over sex, dressing for sex, dreaming of sex, talking about sex, joking about sex, getting anxious about sex, enjoying sex, pretending to enjoy sex, feeling guilty about sex, feeling embarrassed about sex – perhaps older adults might be ready to say, “Enough, already.”That attitude certainly conforms with certain pervasive and offensive stereotypes …

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Yes, Virginia, There is Sex After Sixty

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash+The EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.You might think that after 40+ …

Photo by Tim Mosshol…

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash+The EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.You might think that after 40+ years of having sex, craving sex, obsessing over sex, dressing for sex, dreaming of sex, talking about sex, joking about sex, getting anxious about sex, enjoying sex, pretending to enjoy sex, feeling guilty about sex, feeling embarrassed about sex – perhaps older adults might be ready to say, “Enough, already.”That attitude certainly conforms with certain pervasive and offensive stereotypes …

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Do Your Advisers Put Your Best Interests First?

No. 59/June 19, 2024NewScan is a biweekly briefing on news relevant to readers of The EndGame. NewScan is a premium feature exclusively for paid subscribers.Financial Advisers Must Put Your Interests …

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No. 59/June 19, 2024NewScan is a biweekly briefing on news relevant to readers of The EndGame. NewScan is a premium feature exclusively for paid subscribers.Financial Advisers Must Put Your Interests FirstWait – you mean they don’t already?Well, they might, if they are also fiduciaries, which legally obligates them to act in the best interests of those … Read more

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Are You Paying More for Home Insurance?

Photo by Greg Johnson on UnsplashThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.When I read predictions of what…

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Photo by Greg Johnson on UnsplashThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.When I read predictions of what climate change will do to our world over the next 50 years, I am sorely tempted to follow the counsel of Charlie Brown:  “No problem is so big or so complicated that it can’t be run away from.”However, it is already too late to run. The latest evidence of climate change’s rapid advance comes from what might seem like an unlikely source: homeowner’s insurance. But shocking premium incre…

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Color Me Contented

Photo by Unsplash+ in collaboration with Getty ImagesThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.I started this…

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Photo by Unsplash+ in collaboration with Getty ImagesThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.I started this newsletter three years ago to focus on positive aspects of aging. Sometimes I stray from that idea, as you may have noticed. Recently I have posted on such less-than-positive topics as loneliness, memory lapses, Alzheimer’s, Retirement myths, gray divorce, and phobias – although I do try to give them a positive spin. But today, I’m getting back on mission by focusing on the positive, starti…

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Extreme Heat Poses a Serious Threat

No. 58/June 5, 2024NewScan is a biweekly briefing on news relevant to readers of The EndGame. NewScan is a premium feature exclusively for paid subscribersSummer Bulletin: Watch Out for Heat WavesDead…

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No. 58/June 5, 2024NewScan is a biweekly briefing on news relevant to readers of The EndGame. NewScan is a premium feature exclusively for paid subscribersSummer Bulletin: Watch Out for Heat WavesDeadly heat waves across the globe are posing serious health risks for older adults, who are the most likely to die from extreme temperatures. An article by fo… Read more

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Finding Work When You’re No Spring Chicken

Photo by Unsplash+ in collaboration with Getty ImagesThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.When it comes …

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Photo by Unsplash+ in collaboration with Getty ImagesThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.When it comes to employment for older adults, two competing forces are crashing against each other.On the one hand, millions of older adults want to “unretire” and rejoin the workforce. Often money is the motivator – they haven’t saved enough for Retirement, or they fear  inflation is eroding what savings they have. Others reentering the job market have tried Retirement and found it boring. They miss b…

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When does “old age” begin?

Photo by Maria Lupan on UnsplashThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.This week I celebrated another b…

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Photo by Maria Lupan on UnsplashThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.This week I celebrated another birthday (73, thank you very much) with the customary rituals of witty cards, calls from my siblings, and dozens of birthday clicks from Facebook friends. I appreciate all the wishes for my wellness. However, each of my last few birthdays has felt less celebratory because of the troubling question that gets in my head and refuses to leave:  Am I old yet?This is the sort of question that does not m…

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Methinks Thou Dost Protest Too Much

No. 57/May 22, 2024NewScan is a biweekly briefing on news relevant to readers of The EndGame. NewScan is a premium feature exclusively for paid subscribers.Senior Care Chains Protest Staffing Mandates…

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No. 57/May 22, 2024NewScan is a biweekly briefing on news relevant to readers of The EndGame. NewScan is a premium feature exclusively for paid subscribers.Senior Care Chains Protest Staffing Mandates To the surprise of exactly no one, the owners of senior care facilities are objecting to a new rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requ… Read more

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AI Might Help Us Age in Place

Photo by Alex Knight on UnsplashThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.Surveys consistently show that t…

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Photo by Alex Knight on UnsplashThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.Surveys consistently show that the vast majority of older adults prefer to age in place – in the comfort of their homes – rather than in institutional care. One big obstacle to achieving that happy outcome is a nationwide shortage of home healthcare workers available to bring services to the home. Though the number of direct care workers has doubled to 5.1 million over two decades, that’s still 3.8 million fewer workers th…

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Do You Have the Attention Span of a Puppy?

Photo by Lucija Vukušić on UnsplashThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.I have been beating myself …

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Photo by Lucija Vukušić on UnsplashThe EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.I have been beating myself up for several months about my undisciplined work habits. When I buckle down and concentrate, I can achieve a week’s worth of writing in two full days. But finding that concentration is difficult, and more often a week’s worth of writing takes the whole week. In between spurts of productivity, I spend an inordinate amount of time scrolling through social media.My favorite time suck of late is …

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Just Move to a Red State

No. 56/May 8, 2024NewScan is a biweekly briefing on news relevant to readers of The EndGame. NewScan is a premium feature exclusively for paid subscribers.Real Estate Agents Help Families Leave Blue S…

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No. 56/May 8, 2024NewScan is a biweekly briefing on news relevant to readers of The EndGame. NewScan is a premium feature exclusively for paid subscribers.Real Estate Agents Help Families Leave Blue States A real estate company called Conservative Move specializes in helping politically and/or religiously conservative families living in blue states relo… Read more

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Dude, Where’s My Car?

Photo by Ameer Basheer on UnsplashI paid my first visit to a new ophthalmologist last month. Her office was in the suburbs, in a sprawling office park of identical, square, red brick buildings surr…

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Photo by Ameer Basheer on UnsplashI paid my first visit to a new ophthalmologist last month. Her office was in the suburbs, in a sprawling office park of identical, square, red brick buildings surrounded by parking lots. To distinguish one building from another, they were cleverly named I, II, and III. I was looking for II.  I followed the signs that pointed me to I and II. Then I saw only signs for I, so I followed them and eventually stumbled upon II. I parked and entered.The EndGame is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or …

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