Mother and Daughter Smiling
You need at least 6 if not 8 or 9 hours a night to look and feel your best. Otherwise, you're courting a hollow-eyed look complete with shadows. Naps are good supplements, too, especially if you are something of an insomniac. Just 15 minutes of mid-day shuteye can work wonders.
When my mother had been widowed about three years, we took her on a tour of a residential development for active seniors near where we lived in New York. She was visiting from her home in Michigan, and our plan was to get her to move. From our point of view, she was rattling around all alone in a three-bedroom house, and she rarely got a chance to see the grandchildren. We thought she'd jump at the opportunity to sell her property and not only settle into a community with people her own age but also be a short drive from her family.
Wrong. She politely but firmly refused and I couldn't understand why. Now, though, I totally get it. I'm a single ThirdAger myself, and although I adore my
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