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Recently, this blog has had several articles on the aging population, and how that’s impacting family relationships, caregivers, and the status of the elderly. Yesterday, the Family Caregiver Platform Project launched a nationwide campaign  a nonpartisan project to reach out to people at the grassroots level. They’ve launched a new website ( to coordinate the political side of this movement. It focuses on getting policy makers on both sides of the aisle, and at both the national and state level, to make sure that family caregiver support isn’t left out of the discussion.

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Wisdom and Inspiration: 15 Quotations of, by, and for The Ageing

Today is the first day of June, which means we’ve officially wrapped up Older Americans Month. In honor of that, here are 15 quotations compiled by Psychology Today:

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“I had to wait 110 years to become famous.  I wanted to enjoy it as long as possible.”  Jeanne Louise Calment  (1875-1997)
“You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.”  Woody Allen (1935- )
“Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar.” John Glenn (1921-)
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was*?” Satchel Paige (1906-1982)
“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” Coco Chanel (1983-1971)
“Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” Edward Stanley (1826-1893)
“I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
“Do not try to live forever, you will not succeed.” George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
“By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.” George Burns (1896-1996)
“The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.” William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
“He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.” Plato (427-346 B.C.)
“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” Ann Landers (1918-2002)
“Old age hath yet his honour and his toil.” Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
“Because I could not stop for death – He kindly stopped for me.” Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.” Robert Browning (1812-1889)
“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedan (1921-2006)

Reverse Mortgages: Still Pluses and Minuses

Reverse mortgages can be a serious boon for some seniors. And with changes in regulations over the last few years, they’re not the danger that they once were. But that doesn’t mean that they’re completely without risk, either. CNBC covers some of the things you need to consider to make sure that a reverse mortgage is the right choice for you. There are some added expenses that you’ll definitely want to take into account before heading down this road. “reverse mortgages are best suited for homeowners who are healthy, intend to stay in their home for the long haul and are financially stable but may need extra cash to supplement Social Security or pay off medical bills.”

A mirror image of a house with the words reverse mortgage.