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Repackage your act

As, say, an older football player or dancer, you stay in the field as a revered virtuoso as you gradually fade into the sunset. You pass on but leave a legacy that influences future generations.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | December 21, 2010; 10:09 PM ET | Comments (13)

The grace of age

I think that people who grow old gracefully share two traits: They can see possibilities as they progress through life. And they can recalibrate their skills and interests with the needs of the world around them.

By Jennifer Tucker | December 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Age is what you make it

There are some people at peak talent in their 70s and beyond.

By Jan Scruggs | December 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

The real deal

Dylan is showing us what it means to grow old, and his constant reworking of classics to our dismay is irrelevant. Instead he continues to stir the pot, to see what new forms emerge.

By Seth Kahan | December 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

His real fans understand

Dylan's current act is no longer at the forefront of any social movement and his voice is croaking. Neither of these things will discourage his true fans.

By Cleve Francis | December 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Age irrelevance

Those who are curious, creative, flexible and broad-minded often appear to be much younger than their actual ages, while negative people seem much older. Geezerdom is a state of mind, not an age!

By Patricia McGuire | December 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not Dark Yet

Dylan is about to turn 70 years old, and he continues to push himself artistically and professionally -- to find both new ideas and musical expressions.

By Hile Rutledge | December 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

Youthful thinking

Most of the great things done by the human mind seem to happen before age 40. Thomas Edison perfected the light bulb at age 32; Alexander Graham Bell built the first functioning telephone at age 29. And on and on.

By Garrison Wynn | August 23, 2010; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

A spark for life

I strive for enthusiasm in life. Whatever I'm doing, I just go full tilt, all the way. As Aldous Huxley said, 'The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age.'

By Jan Scruggs | August 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lifelong learning

As much as I've enjoyed each life stage, I would never want to be 30 again ... or 20 or 16. I'm not even sure about repeating 40-something.

By Patricia McGuire | August 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Teaching old dogs

Not only can you teach an old dog new tricks -- there are some tricks so challenging that only old dogs can handle them.

By Hile Rutledge | August 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Smart, calm, old

As an older woman, I'm much more confident in myself. I know who I am, leverage my strengths, and manage my weaknesses. I compete only with myself and don't give two hoots about what others think.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | August 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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