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The intention of Dynamic Aging 4 Life Magazine is to create a community of people who are changing the paradigm of aging. We seek to challenge the stereotypes of aging by sharing true stories about aging dynamically, to explore what’s possible, inspire one another, and empower by example.

Painterly Questions - a self-portrait by Don Fay

Art Encounters Age

It’s rather common knowledge that past age 90 or even before, one is in the realm of “patch up.” This includes eating and drinking more carefully, and dealing with various infirmities that seem to clock in regularly with age. I’m in that category at 96+ but besting it in many

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Carol Lettko

Just Ask

I have had a fulfilling career as a speech and language pathologist for the past 40 plus years. As my husband climbed the corporate ladder and our family moved around the country to meet opportunities for him, I was always able to continue to follow my passion and find a

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Caron with granddaughter Chloe

Saved By The Whisper of My Heart

I remember like it was yesterday, but it was 46 years ago. At 13 years old, I watched my 39-year-old mother die of a heart attack. Even at that age, I heard from someone, somewhere, that women’s symptoms present differently than men when having a heart attack. I couldn’t understand

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Staying Clear of the Slippery Slope

My father died at 69 of a heart attack. Rumor has it his father also died at 69 of a heart attack. When I turned 69, I worried each time I had the slightest chest pain. When I turned 70 and didn’t die, I celebrated by getting a tattoo and

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Karing with walking sticks - April 2023

I Turned Old – Overnight

I went to bed on St Patrick’s Day 2023 in a rosy glow after spending the evening with good friends. When I woke up the next morning, I thought I was drunk. I couldn’t walk straight, my hearing was off, and as I discovered when I drove my car, my

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Ruth and Stjepan with Roses at the Pier

The Miracle of Reconnecting

When I retired in 2020 at 70, I began a campaign to reach back in time to try to reconnect with people who had been important to me earlier in my life. I sent out 10 letters to people who had touched my heart but with whom I had lost

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Patricia in Boat on Lake Pend'Oreille, Idaho

Finding My Purpose in Retirement

Retirement is one of the hardest jobs I’ve had. I’ve had a lifetime of being extremely productive and busy. My career path, starting in the 70s, was an explosive rise to the top. I made a ‘how-to’ film in college: “How to Have an Orgasm,” which was distributed to every

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Allison Standing on Sailboat

Dynamic Aging with Osteoporosis

I still feel about 42, even though it’s been around a decade and a half since I was that age. I’ve loved every year so far, but in my 40’s I felt like I’d grown into my skin, my brain and my sense of self. I’ve always remembered an essay

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Magda Peck

Sound Aging

The first time I noticed it was hard to hear was in 10th grade. Voices started sounding fuzzy, and sometimes I couldn’t understand teachers when they faced the blackboard. A screening test showed mild hearing loss, and given I had measles as a young child, the pediatrician said to have

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Editors'
Notebook

Everyone Has a Story

This year I’m celebrating 50 years as journalist and writer. That’s not to brag. It’s to underscore what those years have taught me –– that everyone has a story. 

That includes you. 

My experience is people who may believe their story or life isn’t interesting often have the most intriguing stories to tell.

The fact you are reading the tales in this magazine from folks about how they are dynamically aging tells me you are dynamically aging, too. You continue to be curious about other people and to hear their stories.

Really.

As you read this note and the latest batch of stories, consider dropping us a line about what you are doing. It doesn’t have to be big. Or it could be.  Don’t be shy. Sending us a communique is not a commitment, it’s just to open a dialog. This magazine is yours, too.

Worried about writing skills? Stop worrying. If you have a story to tell – and remember everyone has a story – contact us and talk with an editor. I am always happy to chat. So are the other three editors.

Since we launched Dynamic Aging 4 Life Magazine more than a year ago I have been continually astonished at the things people have accomplished as we age, what we are doing and will be doing in the future. The ripple effect has been impressive as we create our Dynamic Aging community.

After I wrote my essay a few months ago that I was going to read all 50 books by author Jack London, I heard from others who thought they might take on a similar read-it-all project.

Your story might launch someone on a path they hadn’t considered.

That’s the great thing about sharing our stories. Please join us!

Happy New Year!

By Michael J. Fitzgerald

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