A dazzling career on television, the voice of a beloved Rugrats character, a stand-up comedy hit. Melanie Chartoff achieved all this, but it was when she fell in love and married at 65 that all the pieces of her life fell into place.
Melanie wrote on Crow’s Feet about adjusting to life with a partner and now she talks with editor Betsy Allen about it all on our new podcast. Listen to the latest episode of the Crow’s Feet podcast here or wherever you get your podcasts.
We also have a new writing prompt this week that asks people to reflect on whether there is more awareness of issues about aging now than in the past.
Crow’s Feet is growing with more than 60 articles submitted this week. Below is a selection of some of the stories, but be sure to check out the publication on Medium to read more great stories appearing every day.
-Nancy Peckenham, Editor
Fine-tuning My Life
It’s Not All Downhill — Five Good Things About Getting Older. By grain of infinity
Come on Old Age! I’m ready for you. By Micah Ward
What’s Around the Corner? I’m only 67 and wonder if I’ll feel this good in 10 years. By Nancy Peckenham
Random and Imperfectly Perfect. It’s who I am, and I don’t think it’s going to change, it’s too late. By Catherine Dunn
The Best Part of Aging is Experience. I’ve been through enough to know what’s worth the worry and what’s not. By Robin James
Getting Laid Off Was So Good for Me! But it was very difficult at first… By Mary McGrath
Change-Ups to Keep Life Interesting. It doesn’t take that much, and yet… By Jill Ebstein
Little Things Mean A Lot. By Julie Ranson
The Number One Best Aspect of Aging. By The Recovering Educator
The Advantages of Aging? Happiness. The U-Curve is a common experience. By Sharon Johnson
7 Ways We Look at Things Differently Now. The times aren’t really changing — it’s just us, and that’s OK. By Brooke Ramey Nelson
Health & Wellness
A New Discovery That’ll Put Hair on Your Head. Researchers believe they have found a way to reverse the effects of hair loss, nearly regardless of its cause. By Lauren Lynn Bradley
Alzheimer’s Disease is real and devastating in more ways than one. By Richard Armstrong
If Only I Knew THEN What I Know NOW. About my mom’s dementia. By Paul Gardner
Changing My Diet in My Sixties. My favorite nights of the week are taco night and burger night, so I have a long way to go. By Shoshana Kaufman
Loving My Hearing Aids/Ear Buds. Untreated hearing loss is associated with dementia. By Sharon Johnson
I Refuse to Get Hearing Aids. I don’t need ’em, I say!! You heard me right! By Brian Dickens Barrabee
DANCE!! I have discovered yet another new hobby! By Ann Litts
Help! I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up! Tripping and falling is a constant worry for seniors in my group of friends. By Greta Dias
Did I Make The Right Decision? Eavesdropping on a phone call gave me my answer. By S. G. S. Abel
Retirement Often Brings Unexpected Adjustments to Your Life. The best-made plans can still end up in the toilet. By Ruby Lee
We Retired Early — Here’s Where We’re Living Now. Affording early retirement meant living in a tiny home. It was more than I bargained for. By Kim Kelly
Retirement on the Cheap #5. Someone told the story better than me! By Tim Dibble
Finding Relevance in Retirement. “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” ~ Neil Young. By Arthur Keith
Things That Will Be Different When I Am Done Teaching. Changes are coming. By John Egelkrout
Retire Here on $2000 Monthly or Less #3. Evansville, Indiana. By Mel Schlesinger
What I Learned from Moving to a 588 Square Foot Home. In July 2021, my wife and I sold our three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1650-square-foot home in North Carolina. One month later, we purchased a… By Mel Schlesinger
Turn $2,000 Monthly Into a Great Retirement. With a bit of planning, $2,000 monthly can be more than enough. By Mel Schlesinger
Slow Down, You Move to Fast
I’m Slowing Down, Finally! And it’s so much richer than rushing about. By Colleen Hannegan
Advice To Self: Slow The F*** Down. What Mama never taught me. By Michael Werner
Listen to the Crow’s Feet podcast and meet some of the engaging authors whose work appears in this publication: Melanie Chartoff, Jan M. Flynn, Lee J. Bentch, Nancy Peckenham, Jean Feldeisen and Warren Turner. Our latest episode debuted August 10 and features Betsy Allen, a Crow’s Feet editor, who will introduce you to Melanie Chartoff.