Life After Sixty

Life After Sixty | Sleeping Problems

avatar32102_4My sleeping problems were aggravated last week because I was feeling lousy with a head cold! Is under the weather a nicer way to say that? I wonder where that expression came from … maybe someone reading this knows and if you do please tell us about it in a comment.

Anyway, it kept me from writing anything! I usually work around my odd sleeping hours, since I live alone it’s not too hard to adjust schedules.  I read up on articles talking about insomnia and suggesting remedies, they are plentiful but so far I have tried natural ways without taking any sleeping pills.

In “What Happens While You Sleep and How it Affects Your Every Waking Moment”  Maria Popova writes: “We are living in an age when sleep is more comfortable than ever and yet more elusive.”

It seems that during the Victorian era, laborers living in workhouses slept sitting on benches, with their arms dangling over a taut rope in front of them,
and they paid for the privilege!

Of course, those were the days when families went through a nightly ritual of checking for rats and mites burrowing in the one shared bedroom!

All that changed with the industrial revolution bringing many improvements in living standards including electric lights, television and other kinds of entertainment and those have contributed to our sleeping problems!

And Thomas Edison can be blamed to have disrupted our internal clocks with his invention of the lightbulb.

Author David K. Randall writes in “Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep” one of the best science books of 2012, that thanks to Edison, sunset no longer meant the end of your social life, instead, it marked the beginning of it.

Thomas Edison, born in 1847, reportedly slept three to four hours at night … he regarded sleep as a waste of time … a vestige of our cave days and he maintained a heavy schedule of research projects.

He carried his lack of sleep as a kind of badge of honor, but he had a little secret:Power-napping!


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Cots were scattered throughout his property, in labs and libraries and he was often photographed sneaking some stealth shut-eye in unusual locations.

That system seemed to have worked for him, he accumulated 1093 patents and lived to the age of 84!

I usually manage to keep up with my own much less ambitious projects by following a somewhat similar system of taking naps to make up for sleeping problems at night, but this cold  complicated things.

What works for you? Do you have problems or solutions you could share with us?











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Is Celebrating the Big Six-Zero Birthday Mixed With Fears of Facing Life After Sixty?



This is a guest post contributed by Betty Jameson

Are you scared of old age when you think of entering this phase of life after sixty? Don’t be. While the fear of death is a natural one, there is nothing to fear from living life as an older person.

Yet, many of us do have that fear. It’s understandable: fears that our health may not be what it was, or that we won’t have enough money, or that we won’t have enough to do are common ones. However, while some things are unpredictable, we have the power to influence many of the outcomes we fear the most.

If you’re heading towards sixty or have recently been congratulated for that big ‘six-zero’ birthday remember that much of your life is within your control, in more ways than you might realize. Address whatever fears you might have about getting older, rather than allowing them to hold you back.



Loss of good health is a major worry for many people as they age. Now, it’s fair enough to be concerned. Part of the aging process is that our bodies slow down and begin to wear. We can’t prevent this from happening, in fact our body starts to slow down in our twenties!

While we can’t magically turn back the clock, a healthy and active lifestyle will greatly minimize the effects of aging and the minor health problems that happen to most of us. Some of us mignt have to face major health problems at some future time, but it’s best to avoid any useless worrying.



Being older can be an isolating experience for some. If you’re in a relationship, this is often a good time to re-connect if you feel you have drifted apart. If you cannot, or you’re unhappy, get out, give yourself a chance to find someone new. Being single and happy is much less lonely than being coupled and unhappy. Don’t think, either, that being older means you have to forget about sex … over half of those aged 75-85 have sex at least twice a month.

When it comes to friends and family, make an effort. When you retire and lose your routine, it’s often easy to become isolated. Find a new routine that involves regular social dates.



Many people’s biggest fear once they retire is that they will lose their identity. If you’ve worked hard for years and built your life around your job and the status it entails, then it’s hard to suddenly lose it. Retirement from full-time work can be a sudden shock for some. If you’ve been a stay-at-home parent much of your life, then children leaving home can cause the same worries.

Remember that identity does not need to come just from work. If you’re worried about being an ‘invisible’ person at home alone, then do something to prevent that from happening. Perhaps you have skills that you can put to use in a local charity? Or perhaps you could go back to education? Earlier in life, both work and education are pursued for a purpose. Now, you can do them just for fulfillment.



If you’re worried about money once you retire, that’s understandable, especially in today’s uncertain economic climate. Sit down and work out your likely income and expenses, and see if there’s a gap to be made up, or if you’re just not going to have enough to do the things you want to, look at ways you can make up the difference. Perhaps you could sell your home and downsize? Or perhaps you could find a way to make some extra income? Retirement is not necessarily as sudden a change as it used to be. Why not look at starting a small business from home? We all have business ideas that we’ve just been too busy to pursue while working full-time. Retirement could be the opportunity you need to do just that.



Retirement is also a chance to work towards whatever other things you want to do, but never had the chance to. Have you ever heard a retired person say that they ‘don’t know how they had the time to work’? Busy people are normally happy people, so get out and do things. Japanese people call retirement their ‘second life’. Perhaps their example is the one to follow.


Betty Jameson is just back from a Caribbean Cruise where  she stopped off to do some mountain biking in the beautiful Dominican Republic. As soon as she returned home it was time to get a new bike as she had found a new hobby.

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Life After Sixty! Are New Beginnings Possible?

World map showing Life expectancy.

This is a guest post contributed by Betty Jameson

Life after sixty marks some turning points for most people …  after all, by sixty many of life’s irreversible choices are already made! You’ve already either had children or not, you’ve either had the career you wanted or you haven’t, you’ve either paid into a mortgage or you haven’t…isn’t it all a bit too late to start to think about new beginnings?

It doesn’t have to be. It is precisely because you have already lived a good proportion of your life that at sixty, you can start to really be yourself. The kids have left home, you’re either retired or gearing up to it, and a whole new world of possibilities is there to be opened.

Is Your Road to Success Paved with Fears of Defeat?

Some young people know what career they want to pursue long before they ever reach college age. If that is genuinely their choice and not something imposed by their parents, they are really lucky. They can begin the training of their choice as soon as they complete high school, and they probably will be successful in achieving their goals because their motivation comes from within.

However, it’s not as simple for many others who don’t have the right mindset for success! Even when they arrive at a decision about  a career choice or a the kind of business they would like to develop, self-doubt and discouraging thoughts may cloud their thinking.

1. How to Overcome Discouraging Beliefs.

Is it possible that focusing too much on goals for the future is keeping us from taking care of ourselves today? While setting goals is important, we need to enjoy the steps we are taking right now and that includes enjoying simple pleasures like  shopping for the ingredients to cook a good meal and tossing a ball around with some friends.

2. Getting the Training We Need to Be Successful

Good nutrition, physical fitness and caring human interaction contribute  to good mental functioning and empowers us to do the work we need to do.

It’s important to remember that being successful includes enjoying our daily life and growing as a human being.

A concert-goer once said to a famous composer:’Maestro I would give my life to play like you do’ and his answer was ‘I did Madam,I did! In truth he had probably enjoyed living the life of his choice, playing the music he loved … and bringing pleasure to the world. How fulfilling is that!

3. Living a Good Life While Working Toward Our Goals

It’s good to constantly remember the importance of being a well-rounded individual while we’re working toward our goals.  The professional goals are one important part of our life not a destination we arrive at after a long journey.  The journey is our life and we need to live it consciously, paying attention to the flowers along the path!

4. Life After Sixty and Planning a New Career

The first part of this article applies to young people starting out on their path to becoming productive member of society. But there is another movement going on … Seniors engaging in a new career and learning new skills!

How does it feel to start all over again?  They’re getting acquainted with social media … they’re challenged by new-fangled systems … I know because I’m doing it myself!

I have written a few posts about working from home to supplement a retirement income and I plan to focus on home business information in the coming weeks.

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June 1964 Hits You Were Listening to!

Carl Hoffman continues to reminisce on his blog:
The 60′s Official Site

He features disk jockey Neal Stevens back in his “Hey Days”

I was just listening to … ‘I don’t care what they say, I won’t stay in a world without love’ an expression of youthful angst maybe? I dunno,  I’m a mother of boomers and I believe in the power of love more than ever!

June 1964 … the Beatles and Ed Sullivan, the Civil Rights and Mississippi and also Playboy and dc comics … and Vietnam … a year that changed our country and our lives.

Carl’s blog is looking really good, I think you’ll enjoy visiting and digging up some old memories!


Vibration of the Nation Continues – Do You Recall May 1968?

Bobby Goldsboro Honey

Carl Hoffman, self-appointed historian with a solid knowledge of the 60s era says:

“This month I am looking back at the month and year of May 1968.  Do you recall what was going on in your life during that month and year?  It is very difficult to pinpoint exactly unless there was an event that was very memorable and you stored it away in your memory bank to be recalled whenever you like.

I do recall the music and events that happened during that period.  The Vietnam War was at its highest point as more and more Americans disapproved of our involvement and protests continued across the country.

On May 10, Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the U.S. and North Vietnam and we know how that went and the number one song across the nation was Bobby Goldsboro’s “Honey.”  The day following that Richard Harris released a song written by Jim Webb, “McArthur’s Park.”  To me that was a real dumb song but with a nice melody.

On May 14, the Beatles …”

Listen to some songs and read much more at The 60s Official Site Blog

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