About Marilyn Murray Willison

Marilyn Murray Willison

Marilyn Murray Willison

Marilyn Murray Willison, a UCLA graduate, is a six-time award-winning author and former international journalist, who has a unique perspective when it comes to the complicated issues regarding America’s seniors. Her byline has appeared in over 25 publications on both sides of the Atlantic, and her opinion pieces, personality profiles and celebrity interviews have reached millions of readers.

Since 1984, Willison has lived with multiple sclerosis, which has given her a unique perspective on dealing with the myriad challenges that accompany a disability. As former health and fitness editor for the Los Angeles Times syndicate, Willison brings both a personal and professional background to her columns for seniors. 

As a wife, mother and grandmother, Willison approaches aging with an optimistic curiosity and an undisguised enthusiasm. Visit her website at www.marilynwillison.com.

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Multigenerational Living Part 1: Families Sep 25, 2020

Ever since the 2008 Great Recession, large numbers of young people have chosen (or been forced because of finances) to move back home and live with Mom and Dad. But according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, nearly half of Americans who are in t... Read More

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Life Reimagined Sep 18, 2020

Wouldn't it be nice to think of getting older as exhilarating rather than terrifying? Learning to accept all the aspects of aging — the good, the bad and the ugly — was the goal that inspired former NPR reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty to... Read More

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The Hottest Grandpa in China Sep 11, 2020

For years, the stereotypical image of a grandfather wasn't all that attractive. In fact, it often swerved between two extremes: the rail-thin visage of the man in Grant Wood's "American Gothic" and the iconoclastic overweight Archie Bunker body type.... Read More

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Why Not Write Your Life? Sep 04, 2020

When I'm not writing columns or working on my books, I devote a lot of time to helping seniors commit their life stories to paper. Currently, over a half a dozen of my local first-time authors have completed and published their memoirs. When I turne... Read More