Constance Alexander: From fit to spry in the blink of an eye — but assuring you, Paul McCartney lives

Two good habits, maybe three, are all I can boast: Wearing a seat belt, not smoking, and maintaining a regular regimen of jogging. Since these practices are part of my routine, I don’t think about them much. Up until last Friday, in fact, I considered myself reasonably fit. But now that has changed. Please let me explain. It was an annual wellness visit, and I was chatting with the health care professional...

Jeff Rubin: The real meaning of Labor Day — it’s more than just about the work

Now that the final sale days of summer are behind us, this would be a good time to consider the real meaning of Labor Day. It might also be a time to think about our own sense of labor and the role it plays in bringing meaning to our life and well-being to our community. A creation of the labor movement, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions workers make to the strength, prosperity, and well-being...

Aging process can be slowed with regular exercise at a ‘high level,’ according to study

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News If you are willing to exercise regularly at a “high level,” you may be able to slow down the aging process in your cells, according to a study. “Just because you’re 40 doesn’t mean you’re 40 years old biologically,” Larry Tucker, a professor of exercise science at Brigham Young University, said in a BYU news release....

Jeff Rubin: Maintaining independence as we grow older often a matter of perspective

There is little doubt people are living longer these days. In fact, data compiled by the Social Security Administration says a man reaching 65 today can expect to live another 19.3 years on average, while a woman turning 65 can expect to live another 19.6. And those are just averages. About one out of every four 65 year-olds will live past 90, and one out of 10 will live past 95. So, where we live...

Jeff Rubin: Employing older workers just makes good business sense

The last full week of September is National Employ Older Workers Week, a time set aside by the U.S. Department of Labor to recognize the vital role of older workers in the workforce. The aim is to increase awareness of this labor segment and develop innovative strategies to tap it. This campaign of awareness comes at a time, when according to a recent New York Times editorial, “Older people are likely...

Commentary: Lack of transportation options have affect on health, livelihood, economy and more

By Jeff Rubin Special to KyForward To many of us, driving is a privilege we too often take for granted. Ingrained in our culture as a rite of passage in our teenage years, it is the primary source of getting to and from work, shopping, church, or social activities as an adult, and the last vestige of freedom many adults are unwilling to give up as they grow old. We are a nation that relies on our...

Jeff Rubin: Affordable housing issues demand creative thinking and action

Some 40 million American households are paying more than a third of their incomes on rent, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. This is particularly disconcerting given that the number had been trending downward in recent years. It infers a continuing rental affordability crisis due in no small part to a deepening income inequality across the U.S. Add to that a growing shortage...

Lew Donohew: Age may be only a number, but aging presents reasons to deny growing old

We joke about people who won’t reveal their age. We think it is vanity, and maybe it is. But, as I have begun to walk in the shoes of these senior citizens, I have discovered there are several reasons to deny we are growing old.   One is that when others know your age, many of them treat you differently. You are no longer a part of the present, but represent the past. Functionally, you no longer...