Sharon Johnson's Column

Sharon Johnson
Oregon Healthy Living Columnist

If it gives you joy, keep it

Stuff happens. I’m referring to all the miscellaneous vases, unmatched plastic containers, and outdated magazines — those various and assorted items you have accumulated over...

Later-life decisions not as easy as pie

We make a lot of tough decisions in life. Those that present themselves in our final decades include, "Should I take that new medication — adding it to the other five prescription meds I...

Resist, reject those uninformed attitudes

Here’s a term you may not have encountered before: “Consider becoming age-resistant.”

I came upon the concept in a recent New York Times article titled “The...

Expert offers advice on quake preparedness

Readers: I have never done this before — asked someone to write my weekly column because I felt the topic was critically important to get exactly right. What Eric Dittmer, a...

Time for a year-end memory workout

Don’t think of this as a newspaper column. Think of it as an end-of-year memory workout. Of all the  small calamities that may have befallen you in the last year, those moments when...

Having energy to spare for the holidays

Have you heard about “The Festival of the Last Minute?” It’s part of the Portland Saturday Market and in previous years it would have called my name. I’ve always...

The cure for nostalgia — Embrace it

Are you feeling a little nostalgic at this time of year? Perhaps you’re wistfully reminiscent of a former place or time in your life? Maybe you’re a little sad, but happy too,...

Stay connected as you grow older

There’s classic, some call it “revered” research that asks the question, “What is aging well”? The studies were initiated at Harvard University more than...

I love Lucy, who's good for your health

Have I mentioned we have a new puppy?  She’s almost 4 months old — a particularly special breed of spaniel with silky, reddish-brown-and-white fur and big soulful eyes. Without...

'Tis the season to be jolly

At this time every year, I always pledge to stir up my life in some new way. One year, I vowed to learn salsa dancing; another year I was determined to master the art of Moroccan cooking. My...

Denial is not a river in Egypt

Here’s a scenario most of us have experienced in some form. It’s the middle of the night and the phone rings.  It’s your son in Seattle calling to tell you his 70- year...

What are you afraid of?

What are you most afraid of?

Responding to a random thought related to all that’s going on in the news lately, I Googled the phrase, “feelings of fear in the older...

A scary time for teeth

With Halloween just around the corner, I’m stocking up on carefully selected candies and sweet treats — and toothbrushes.

I believe in offering those little gremlins and...

The easiest move we ever made

My husband and I spent most of the past 10 days walking the talk.

For many months, we have been speaking out about the importance of accessible, adaptable, age-friendly living. We talk about...

Down-size is the right size

On a recent, balmy Saturday afternoon, we took a drive into the countryside. We were responding to a Craig’s List posting for an item we thought we needed. As we drove along, I thought how...

Healthy Aging: An udderly unlikely vacation find

Not too many people, other than my indulgent husband and close family members, know about my passion for the domestic goat.

I am referring to those not-very-handsome, bristle-haired...

Shaking that plumb-tuckered feeling

I’ve felt really "tuckered" lately. Does that phrase resonate with you? I use it when I’m extremely tired, maybe even exhausted, depleted of energy. Just saying...

Posting thoughts on your bumper can be sticky

If I’m in my car at a stoplight and it seems to be taking longer than preferred, I handle it more easily if the vehicle in front of me offers a clever bumper sticker or two. My...

Rear-end messages say a lot about us

If I'm in my car at a stoplight and it seems to be taking longer than preferred, I handle it more easily if the vehicle in front of me offers a clever bumper sticker or two. My personal favorite is...

Take stock of all your 'stuff'

"How to Make Your Home More Age Friendly" is the title of a U.S. News and World Report article written in 2010. I found it when I was going through a box of old papers, deciding what to keep and what...