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Aging gracefully ... advice from those who are doing it

Linda Miller Modified: August 26, 2013 at 9:25 am •  Published: August 26, 2013
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford appear on NBC News' "Today" show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford appear on NBC News' "Today" show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

Aging gracefully. It’s a subject many of us think about. If you missed last week’s Life & Style in The Oklahoman, here’s a good story on the subject with some gentle advice from several people who are celebrating life.

By Heather Warlick

“How can I age more gracefully?” This is a thought many women, and likely some men, have pondered more than once as they creep toward middle or late-middle age.

So, 60 is the new 40, right? Take a look at Kathie Lee Gifford and you’ll believe it. Gifford turned 60 on Friday. Yep, 60. She looks amazing and seems to feel great, or maybe that’s the booze working in her favor. (On the fourth hour of “Today,” hosts Kathie Lee & Hoda drink wine and cocktails most every morning.)

The problem is, she took her 60th birthday a little rough.

Last week, during the lead-up to her birthday, Gifford forbade Hoda Kotb to say the word “sixty,” making her take a shot every time she said it. Some of the shots were water; some were vodka.

Viewers on the show were encouraged to share their ways of saying they’re turning 60 in less bothersome terms: turning “sexty,” “four decades short of a century” (and from appearing on Willard Scott’s list), “three score,” a “sexagenarian,” and “five years away from mandatory Medicare.”

First, let’s get real. Gifford is a gorgeous senior, and most of us can’t expect to afford to age as well as she can. But, we can make aging less uncomfortable and make stating our age something to be proud of. And we can throw a huge party, like the one “Today” threw for Gifford, to celebrate every birthday.

Here are tips from some local experts for defying your number and aging fantastically.

Read the rest of the story here.