Neutralizing the naysayers

By |2014-05-28T00:00:00+00:00May 28th, 2014|Life after 50, Workforce|

“Now you’ll see what the rest of us have been dealing with … let’s see how long you’ll be a confirmed practicing optimist now! … you’ve been living the high life, welcome to the real world!”
I could go on, but you get the idea of what I’ve been bombarded with since I informed some of the people in my small world about my impending job loss.

Building strong bones now for your future

By |2014-05-22T00:00:00+00:00May 22nd, 2014|Health, Life after 50|

My mom tripped on an area rug a few weeks ago, causing her to fall and fracture her pelvis and hip.  According to her physician, it was the “best” hip fracture to have; she only needed three rods in her hip instead of a hip replacement.  In the past, she’s also had multiple compression fractures in her spine. Why so many bone breaks? Just like her mother before her, my mom suffers from osteoporosis. There are ways to help reduce your risk.

Margie Hobby helped her student find her voice

By |2014-05-16T00:00:00+00:00May 16th, 2014|Meet our tutors, National, Tutoring, Volunteering|

When Margie Hobby retired, she wanted to stay active and connected, so she started taking classes and volunteering in her community. As she watched her student Vera progress, Margie found she had much to offer a child who was struggling and just needed more individual attention.

Social groups help in combatting social isolation

By |2014-05-16T00:00:00+00:00May 16th, 2014|Lifelong learning, Volunteering|

Not long ago, one of our regular class participants, Liz Lippa came to Oasis after a rough weekend. Her son had a major heart attack and her cousin passed away. She was feeling low. “I just wanted to climb into bed and pull the covers over my head,” she said, but then she realized that what she really needed to do was to get out and talk. She got out of bed and headed to her St. Louis Oasis Women’s Roundtable group.

Every day is Mother’s Day!

By |2014-05-08T00:00:00+00:00May 8th, 2014|Life after 50|

This year celebrates 100 years since Anna Jarvis was successful in her movement to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States. We were raised with our father telling us that “every day is Mother’s Day!"  He was instilling in us the importance of appreciating a stay-at-home mom raising eight daughters and five sons. He was teaching us to say thank you.

Have you planted your tomatoes yet?

By |2014-05-07T00:00:00+00:00May 7th, 2014|Health, Lifelong learning|

I’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day in my own special way this coming weekend, when I plant tomatoes. When I read Jamsey Thomas’ blog about hobbies a few weeks ago, I wasn’t surprised to see gardening near the top of the list for people age 50-plus. I’m 50-plus, and I love gardening, especially vegetable gardening. But then, tomatoes and I go way back. I like to say that tomatoes put me through college.

Finding your way back after a later-in-life job loss

By |2014-05-06T00:00:00+00:00May 6th, 2014|Life after 50|

 We have been informed that you and your staff will not be a part of the new program as had been originally planned. As of July 1, 2014, your office and positions will be dissolved”…
 
Anyone ever heard something like this before? Mary Calhoun found herself in a situation that many older workers have experienced. For her, putting on a positive attitude was key for moving forward.

Discovering the desire to learn something new

By |2014-05-05T00:00:00+00:00May 5th, 2014|Lifelong learning|

... Tom had discovered the ukulele tucked away on a shelf in the corner of the musty barn and in that serendipitous moment had discovered within him a desire to make music.
 
Learning to play a musical instrument not only inspires your creative soul but also is an entertaining way to unwind after a hectic day. What instrument should you play?