By Dr. Aaron New As a person of faith, it has been interesting to study the history of my field, psychology and counseling.  For most of the twentieth century, people in this area of study have been hostile towards religion and spiritual faith. Many early psychiatrists and psychologists believed that religion was a cause of mental […]

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By Amanda Cleary Eastep We’re excited to start a new feature that highlights some of the amazing people in our Perennial Gen community and beyond. We’ll be asking our special guests 4 + 1 Questions about their lives and midlife journeys. I’m especially happy to introduce Helena Rogers, who has been my friend for nearly […]

True confession: I have a slight case of bigamy going. Relax. I’ve never actually met my other “husband” in person. Though I have been married to the same man since 1979, I have logged quite a few hours over the years—usually between midnight and 5 a.m.—with my other “husband”, Peter Francis Geraci. Mr. Geraci is a […]

By Beth J. Drechsel For most of my life I’ve been chronically ill with a hereditary blood coagulation defect. I suffer with joint and muscle pain, fatigue and sleep deprivation. For many years, despite my illness, I was able to use my spiritual gift, joyfully serving in my local church whereever that was: on the […]

By Anita Lustrea When my husband Mike and I moved from Chicago to Sarasota I had no idea what was in store. I might have been able to tell you about Siesta Beach, voted the #1 beach in America for umpteen years in a row, or The Ringling Museum where art and nature walk hand […]

Last month, we invited readers to take a short survey about some of the challenges, concerns, and joys of midlife. Amanda and I are dedicated to making sure we’re serving you well at this site with meaningful content. (Click here to learn about the Perennial Gen mission.) More than 80 of you took the survey! […]

by Dena Dyer During a recent panel discussion for The Washington Post, actress Fran Drescher confided that it had taken her two years and eight doctors to get a correct uterine cancer diagnosis. She was an atypical patient, since her type of cancer usually happens to women who are post-menopausal or obese, and she was neither. So […]

After my mom died in south Florida 10 years ago, I came home anxious to jump into my regularly-scheduled life. I was no stranger to loss and trauma. I thought I was prepared by those experiences as well as the excellent care I received from the hospice team during the final weeks of my mom’s […]

by Aaron New Sleep is elusive for many of us. Illness, anxiety, aches and pains can burden us more as we age, triggering more restless nights than we would like. That we are a sleep-deprived people and subsequently experiencing potentially devastating consequences has been well-documented. The third of our life we should spend sleeping has […]

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By Amanda Cleary Eastep “I’m a Millennial in a Gen Xer’s body,” he said. I was interviewing the former VP of concept and design for McDonald’s for an alumni magazine article. In recent years, his career trajectory had shifted from corporate to the social and public sector, which included a stint in Kenya helping a […]