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Old Anima
“Never label anything 'Miscellaneous.'” - Gretchen Rubin
Passive Observance in Early Old Age Under the category of “aging gracefully,” I’m trying to develop a stronger proclivity for avoiding arguments at all cost. This is difficult for me because I have always enjoyed a good argument. For the most part, I’ve always been outspoken — respectful or otherwise — about anything that interests me. I’m changing my ways though. “No more arguing” is my new mantra. READ MORE
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Variegated Essays  (continued) “Variety is the Spice of Life”
Noise, Silence & Life Balance What do we really mean when we say we would like to find some balance in our lives? The elusive “life balance” – where is it located? How can anyone discover it? Perhaps it dwells in silence. If you have the right mindset, the relaxing effects of being cocooned in silence can place you within a frame of contemplation that, if practiced regularly and you don’t over think, can, I believe, propel your energy toward a more balanced life away from all the noise. READ MORE
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The Abundance of Aging The so-called “longevity revolution” drives the next phases of Baby Boomer life, as they reach into their elder years. In short, we are still around and will stay around much longer than our predecessor generations. Plus, there are a lot of us, some 78 to 80 million by most estimates. READ MORE
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Our Increasing Dependence On Others Demographers segment the world population into six living generations: GI (born 1901-1926), Mature/Silents (born 1927-1945), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Generation Y/Millennials (born 1981-2000) and Generation Z (born after the middle to late 1990s).  Additionally, Australian demographer Mark McCrindle coined a seventh living generation:  a post-Z “Generation Alpha,” representing those born after 2010 up through the coming years to 2025. READ MORE
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An Empty-Nest Syndrome There is a scene in the movie “Boyhood” that really hit me as a parent. It’s when Mason, the main character, is packing his things to get ready for college, also leaving his mother with an empty nest. His mother is crying and she says, “You know what I’m realizing? My life is just gonna go, like that! This series of milestones. Getting married, having kids, getting divorced, the time that we thought you were dyslexic, when I taught you how to ride a bike, getting divorced AGAIN, getting my master’s degree, finally getting the job I wanted, sending Samantha off to college, sending YOU off the college… You know what’s next? Huh? It’s my fuckin’ funeral!” READ MORE
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U.S. Population Stats Paint an Interesting Picture of Who We Are and Where We Live It is inherently difficult to define the socio-economic and demographic composition of the entire U.S. in one full swoop. It takes companies like the $1.1 billion Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute)—a supplier of Geographic Information System software (GIS) and sophisticated database analysis and compilation systems, founded in 1969—to break down into specific groups the more than 320 million people who live in this country. One of the ways Esri does this is through a market segmentation system it has developed over 35 years called Tapestry Segmentation. READ MORE
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Finding Your Place in Old Age In a past post I mentioned a quick and easy way to get a clearer idea of what a particular neighborhood looks like by using Esri’s Zip Lookup.  Users simply type in a Zip Code to see demographic and lifestyle information showing the three primary market segments in a particular area along with comparable data on income, age, and population density. READ MORE
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Existing Between Squashed and Built-Up Optimism: How Long will the Current Empathy Deficit Go On? March 3, 2019 For me – and I stress the singular “me” throughout this essay - wisdom in old age brings with it a disconcerting feeling that much about humankind is crazy and foolish, lacking in meaning and downright absurd. Perhaps I feel this way because I just spent hours upon hours trying to figure out my 2018 taxes.  But really, old age has brought a pessimism about the future that is extremely disheartening.  READ MORE
psychology of aging
Old Anima
© Copyright 2019. UnderstandingXYZ.com. All rights reserved.
“Never label anything 'Miscellaneous.'” - Gretchen Rubin
Variegated Essays (continued) “Variety is the Spice of Life”
Passive Observance in Early Old Age Under the category of “aging gracefully,” I’m trying to develop a stronger proclivity for avoiding arguments at all cost. This is difficult for me because I have always enjoyed a good argument. For the most part, I’ve always been outspoken — respectful or otherwise — about anything that interests me. I’m changing my ways though. “No more arguing” is my new mantra. READ MORE
psychology of aging
Noise, Silence & Life Balance What do we really mean when we say we would like to find some balance in our lives? The elusive “life balance” – where is it located? How can anyone discover it? Perhaps it dwells in silence. If you have the right mindset, the relaxing effects of being cocooned in silence can place you within a frame of contemplation that, if practiced regularly and you don’t over think, can, I believe, propel your energy toward a more balanced life away from all the noise. READ MORE
psychology of aging
The Abundance of Aging The so-called “longevity revolution” drives the next phases of Baby Boomer life, as they reach into their elder years. In short, we are still around and will stay around much longer than our predecessor generations. Plus, there are a lot of us, some 78 to 80 million by most estimates. READ MORE
psychology of aging
Our Increasing Dependence On Others Demographers segment the world population into six living generations: GI (born 1901-1926), Mature/Silents (born 1927-1945), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Generation Y/Millennials (born 1981-2000) and Generation Z (born after the middle to late 1990s).  Additionally, Australian demographer Mark McCrindle coined a seventh living generation:  a post-Z “Generation Alpha,” representing those born after 2010 up through the coming years to 2025. READ MORE
An Empty-Nest Syndrome There is a scene in the movie “Boyhood” that really hit me as a parent. It’s when Mason, the main character, is packing his things to get ready for college, also leaving his mother with an empty nest. His mother is crying and she says, “You know what I’m realizing? My life is just gonna go, like that! This series of milestones. Getting married, having kids, getting divorced, the time that we thought you were dyslexic, when I taught you how to ride a bike, getting divorced AGAIN, getting my master’s degree, finally getting the job I wanted, sending Samantha off to college, sending YOU off the college… You know what’s next? Huh? It’s my fuckin’ funeral!” READ MORE
U.S. Population Stats Paint an Interesting Picture of Who We Are and Where We Live It is inherently difficult to define the socio-economic and demographic composition of the entire U.S. in one full swoop. It takes companies like the $1.1 billion Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute)—a supplier of Geographic Information System software (GIS) and sophisticated database analysis and compilation systems, founded in 1969—to break down into specific groups the more than 320 million people who live in this country. One of the ways Esri does this is through a market segmentation system it has developed over 35 years called Tapestry Segmentation. READ MORE
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Finding Your Place in Old Age In a past post I mentioned a quick and easy way to get a clearer idea of what a particular neighborhood looks like by using Esri’s Zip Lookup.  Users simply type in a Zip Code to see demographic and lifestyle information showing the three primary market segments in a particular area along with comparable data on income, age, and population density. READ MORE
psychology of aging
Existing Between Squashed and Built- Up Optimism: How Long will the Current Empathy Deficit Go On? March 3, 2019 For me – and I stress the singular “me” throughout this essay - wisdom in old age brings with it a disconcerting feeling that much about humankind is crazy and foolish, lacking in meaning and downright absurd. Perhaps I feel this way because I just spent hours upon hours trying to figure out my 2018 taxes.  But really, old age has brought a pessimism about the future that is extremely disheartening.  READ MORE
psychology of aging