Aging Successfully Series

Our Aging Successfully Series is designed to provide a glimpse into the lives of older adults who are aging successfully. Each story will focus on a different topic of well-being and show how these individuals are excelling in each. Enjoy!

Part I: Gloria’s House of Cards
Glorias House of Cards
Our first story focuses on the importance of maintaining a strong social life as we age. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, some of the benefits of being a social older adult include a potentially reduced risk for… Read More
Bill 1Part II: Bill Horstman: Former Assistant Dean, Stand-up Comic

Our second story focuses on the importance of staying mentally active as we age. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and may build reserves of brain cells and connections. You can even generate new brain cells…Read More

Part III: Arnold Heling: Living With Purpose Arnold Heling

Our third story focuses on the importance of maintaining purpose as we age. According to a meta-analysis called “Creating and Maintaining Purpose in Life in Old Age,” Pinquart claims, “Purpose in life is a defining feature of mental health.” Arnold Heling is an 80 year old retired firefighter living with a great amount of purpose…Read More

Part IV: Mary-Alice MartinesMary-Alice

She is a vibrant, sweet woman who is looking at her age not as a crutch but as a time when she can do the things that really interest her. Mary Alice was born in 1930 in Oak Park, Illinois, birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway. When she was 10 years old, her family moved to…Read More

Interested in telling your story about how you are aging successfully? Contact Rachelle Alioto at ralioto@uwm.edu!