Sally Ruf



  • Yes I agree!!

  • Does poor health take into account heredity and genetics? You can do everything to live a healthy life as you age but genetics may play an important part in your life that will affect your health. Fortunately medical science is doing its best to help us live longer.

  • Thank you for this course. I found it very informative and helpful.

  • I also highly recommend these courses. I learned how to relax and some of the exercises helped me sleep better at night.

  • I am from the United States living in the South. I am retired and have enjoyed taking classes from Future Learn. I'm interested in this class of Sex and Gender as I've seen and experienced changes in this during the past years of my life and am curious to know how it might change even more in the future.

  • Thank you for such a thought provoking course. Let's hope this pandemic ends soon. We can only take one day at a time and hope for the best.

  • Sally Ruf made a comment

    Thank you for this class. Job well done.

  • Same here also.

  • I am 74 years old and live in South Carolina. I retired 10 years ago and try to enjoy life one day at a time. However, there are times when life takes over and I become anxious. I'm hoping that this course will help me find my way to cope with this so that I can live the rest of my life knowing that I'm doing the best that I can.

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    I also agree with you Mark and I couldn't have said it better!

  • Yes!

  • "Timelines remind us that we can use the past to help us cope better in the present and the future. Timelines help people learn lessons and develop wisdom in the process." I have to agree with this! I did the timeline exercise and I found it very enlightening. I made decisions at a time in the past and as I look back it now, it might not have been the the...

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    I've realized that people are living longer (I'm over the age of 65) and that people working in the medical field sometimes are not sure what to do or say to us because we are living longer and may have health problems that usual/normal treatments are not adequate.

  • I had so much trouble watching and listening to the video that I just read the transcript!

  • I have a fitbit and it motivates me to get outside to get my steps done otherwise I probably wouldn't get off the sofa!

  • There might be some hope. "The Judiciary Committee will ask the White House to instruct the FBI to conduct the investigation into "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh with the provision it ends no later than Friday, October 5 " Not sure this will influence the vote but at least its a step in the right direction. One step at a time.

  • @DanaFarizova I'm reminded of a favorite quote I like:“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

  • trip, balance, pain

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    Is there a difference between "tripping" on something as you walk but manage not to fall or is it just luck that you didn't fall but you need to be careful in the future or you just might fall the next time. I've tripped a few times but have managed not to fall but as I age (I'm 72) I need to know what I need to do so that I don't fall and that's the major...

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    When I was younger (in my 20's, 30's and 40's) I made decisions without much thought and went with my "gut" feeling. Now that I'm in my 70's I tend to think and question more (because I have more life experiences?) . However, I don't regret any of my decisions that I made in the past and I'm very happy to be who and where I am at in my life now. You are who...

  • Sometimes I hear a person talking but I'm not really listening to what he is saying. I need to practice how to listen more mindfully.

  • In Experiment 1- I could hear my husband talking but I wasn't really listening to what he said.

  • Someone in the comments section of week 1 suggested which is very similar to this exercise. I signed up for the (free) basic mediation and mindfulness class which is 10 days of mindfulness. When I started I had a bit of trouble concentrating but now (day 8) I've found it to be more relaxing. I guess by practicing it daily makes it easier.

  • A degree/certificate shows that you had the discipline to go to school and not necessarily what you learned.

  • Just signed up for Smiling Mind. Thanks for the link.

  • Thank your for the link. Very interesting.

  • I really like the SBMI indicator since it does take one's age and gender into consideration. Even though I'm overweight, the SBMI says I'm healthy and I can live with that. I've also learned that maintaining a healthy weight as I age is even harder than losing weight.

  • Eat more protein, less saturated fat and sugar, drink more water and exercise.

  • Portion control, moderation and exercise

  • Successful ageing to me means "one day at a time".

  • I totally agree Jenny. I just got tired of my job and retired at 64 (2 years before the official age). I worked most of my adult life and I wanted to enjoy what was left. I've been retired for 7 years and have not regretted that decision at all. I can't imagine working until 70. Life is too short and I want to enjoy it and for me that means doing what I want...

  • Have you heard of Smart Body Mass Index? It's an interesting way of looking at BMI. It takes into account your age and activity level. You can fill out a few questions and it will give you your SBMI. I'm overweight but taking into account everything I'm within a normal range for my age and I can live with that.

  • Yes!! I agree. I just don't buy what they're selling.

  • I take one day at a time and do the best that I can. I try to stay busy doing what I enjoy.
    Life is too short and I want to age as gracefully as I can. Only time will tell how I will do.

  • I was on vacation a few years ago in Yellowstone National Park and I was walking along a trail with my husband when I felt an arm around my shoulder. I turned around and saw a young Asian woman asking me if needed help. I didn't feel hurt by her comment but rather I was pleased that she felt she could be of assistance to me. I don't think I'm old but my body...

  • When I go on a road trip vacation, I'll go to Trip Advisor to see what hotels are on my route to check out reviews, price etc. I do get an email from Trip Advisor to see if I'm still interested in booking a hotel but more interesting I get advertisements from each hotel I viewed on any site that I go to on the internet! I guess they don't want me to forget to...

  • Thanks, Jacqueline, for the link. Very interesting article. When I go on a road trip to an area I've not traveled to I use a GPS device. I then get out my atlas to "see" how I'm going to get there!

  • My rule is 50 pages! Kathleen, I totally agree with you that age and life experiences affect our reaction to reading texts. When I was much younger I just loved reading historical fiction novels but I now have no interest at all and I don't even know why. I guess my interests have changed as I matured and now enjoy reading dystopian books. Go figure.

  • I use my laptop for social media, news, online shopping, MOOC classes and emails. However, I read printed (hardcover or paperback) books borrowed from the local library. If I want to read the newest book of a favorite author and don't want to wait for a library copy, I will buy it but this doesn't happen very often.

  • I am now retired but I was a teacher in the late 1960s and then worked in a public library for almost 20 years. I read mainly fiction (mystery, thrillers, espionage and dystopian) novels that are strictly for entertainment purposes. I personally love to hold a book in my hands and see where the words will take me. I got an e-reader for a Christmas one year...

  • I've taken a few FutureLearn forensic science classes and this one fit so well in my life because it was informative, fun and only two weeks! Thank you for all your hard work.

  • I took another FutureLearn class entitled "Identifying the Dead" that mentioned washing and laying out bones that Loueen talked about. Maybe she took the same class?