Yoga is a robust and still-growing sector of the health and wellness industry. Its popularity is being driven in no small part by boomers and healthcare providers who see it as an eminently accessible way to increase flexibility and muscle strength. Yoga is also known to improve cardio and circulatory health, reduce stress, shed pounds, shore up mental health, and more. Here is a rundown of some of the yoga trends catching on in 2018. Yoga with Small Animals I’d be surprised if we ever see the day when lions and tigers and bears arrive on the yoga scene. But animals of the small, sweetRead More →

On June 26-27 I was in Cambridge, Mass., at the 2018 U.S. Food Waste Summit, a joint program of ReFED and the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic. Barbara Bronstein was the first person I met after registration on Tuesday morning — she graciously introduced herself and we ended up having breakfast together. As it turns out, her story of founding Second Servings of Houston straddles my favorite themes: reducing food waste, food recovery, and professional reinvention and purpose after age 50. I was all ears. It turns out that when Barbara retired from her marketing career with Fortune 500 companies (Mars, Unilever, Coca-Cola), sheRead More →

I learned of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s signature cycling event, BikeMaine (BM), at last year’s Bike Expo—the lead-up to Bike New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour, the largest charitable bicycle ride in the country. Proceeds fund Bike New York’s free bicycle education programs. I was intrigued by the description of BikeMaine and filed it under “vacation options for 2017.” When I got around to thinking seriously about my 2017 plans, BikeMaine was sold out. Yes, 400 riders had beaten me to the punch, and I was bummed. But evidently BikeMaine 2017 and I were meant to be; in early August the organization sent outRead More →

In my June 3, 2016, blog post, “PARO, CHARLI, Pepper, and the debate around robot caregivers,” I noted the public policy trend toward, and seniors’ preference for, aging in place (i.e., at home). I also talked about geriatrician Louise Aronson’s difficulty with gracefully taking her leave from a loquacious [read: lonely] elderly client who seems to need more than the skeletal support framework she has in place. In closing I said that next time I’d share my own idea for helping the homebound lonely and disabled. Enter 22-year-old Matt, whom I have not spoken with in a few years. Without our ever comparing notes aboutRead More →

I’ve never been a fan of exercise. Ever since high school I’ve disliked the change-sweat-shower-change-back routine. As an adult when I did manage to get myself into periodic gym routines, I always marveled at others who looked like they truly enjoyed the challenge of pushing the personal-best envelope. I lament that I wasn’t dealt the I-love-working-out gene. For me, 40 minutes on the treadmill is an Olympic feat. But with the passage of time, being undisciplined in the working-out department has become a luxury I can no longer afford. Besides cardio, my need for strength training is now crystal clear. I’m a youngish baby boomerRead More →

In a 2014 New York Times article, “The Future of Robot Caregivers,” Louise Aronson, associate professor of geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, wrote about her difficulty in parting with her elderly “house call” clients. She talks about staying “much longer than I should” because she can’t gracefully disengage from a clenched hand or doesn’t have the heart to cut off a reminiscing patient mid-story to take her leave. Ms. Aronson notes that one client has a faraway daughter (who may, or may not, call regularly―she doesn’t say), twice weekly caregiver visits, a friend who checks in now and then, and regular callsRead More →