“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art” 

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Love of Aging On the Move

Love of Aging On the Move

On May 1, a team of 51 women and men, aged 41-81 (average age: 64), represented Love of Aging in the Prevention Magazine Virtual 5K Walk. Participants living all over the US walked the 3.1 miles alone, in pairs, or in small groups. 

I walked with a group in Santa Monica’s Palisades Park where we had an ocean view every step of the way. Talk about a breath of fresh air! Candace and I met in person and exchanged hugs for the first time in over a year. It was marvelous to find ourselves among a group of fully vaccinated walkers in one of our favorite places. 

Most important though was that we were out there representing our fellow “Yolders” (young-old people) and showing off our vibrancy and commitment to living life fully.

We are creating a new narrative for aging.

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To Die With Tickets

Ray CharlesI am 60, which according to Candace, makes me a “young whippersnapper”. Yes, I have a lot to learn about aging, and hopefully, a lot of aging ahead of me.

But I have been paying attention to my elders. And they have taught me a thing or two about aging gracefully.

Today I want to share about my father-in-law, Ray, who died at age 96, and what I learned from loving and being loved by him.

Our Ray, The Other Ray Charles, was a renowned, Emmy-winning choral arranger who worked in radio, television, and films. He was Perry Como’s vocal arranger and stand-in for over 30 years. His Como Show choir, The Ray Charles Singers, cut 30 albums in their heyday and had a hit with “Love Me with All Your Heart”. Ray worked on the original Muppet Show in London, where he shared an office with Jim Henson. He was a special music consultant for The Kennedy Center Honors. And much, much more. Look him up on Wikipedia.

Ray sang the opening theme to TV’s Three’s Company: “Come and knock on our door. We’ve been waiting for you.”

And he really sells those lyrics.

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