Category Archives: aging

A SENSE OF PLACE

This week has been a busy one for my husband, Paul, as he prepares to launch a one man show of his art on Saturday, January 12, 2019.  For those of us in our seventies, any kind of exertion can … Continue reading

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CALASTHENICS FOR THE MIND

For the past year or so, taking some of my knowledge about acting to a lovely assisted living and memory care facility in my area.  Through the use of improvisation and sense memory, we are really making a nice connection.  … Continue reading

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WHAT WILL I BE WHEN I GROW UP?

First of all, I am 76 years old and I admit that growing up isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. I believe the whole process is overrated.  When we’re five we can’t wait to be ten.  When we’re ten we … Continue reading

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HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK

OK this cartoon has nothing to do with the highlight, but I thought it was cute.  This week has actually been pretty quiet for me and because we’re changing seasons quickly here in Lake Woebegone, I thought I’d start organizing closets for … Continue reading

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THE GOLD IN AGING

Each year becomes more of a struggle. We trudge through life, with goals, hopes and dreams. We reach the epitome of living and wonder who we are, why we’re here and where we’re going. Within the blink of an eye, … Continue reading

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MASTER OF NONE?

A great deal of emphasis is placed on gaining a superior education.  To be a master of anything pretty much secures a spot in the workplace.  But what about the “Masters” of old – the artists, the writers, the performers, … Continue reading

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WEEKEND WRAPUP

My weekly work keeps me at home for most of the day – working on my blog, memorizing lines for the play I’m in, writing articles and other things.  For the most part, my work week is pretty laid back.  … Continue reading

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BIZARRE HOLIDAYS

Some think that anyone over 70 is ready for the grave, but we still have a lot to offer.  About one third of U.S. Senators are over 70 – nice part time job for a retiree – but I digress.  I … Continue reading

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I WON’T GROW UP

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have to grow up – if we didn’t have to go to school – if we could do whatever we want without following the rules? In John Barrie’s, “Peter Pan” the author created a place … Continue reading

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AGING WITH A PLAN – THE FINAL ACT

The final scene is set.  The pieces have all been placed.  The player enters the stage for his last monologue.  It is the last prayer of a faithful servant – the final words you utter in life – the lasting impression … Continue reading

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AGING WITH A PLAN – PART V – 90 & UP

Nonagenarians now represent 4.7 percent of the 65-and-older US population, compared to 2.8 percent in 1980.  The U.S. Census Bureau has estimated that by 2050, the number of those living beyond 90 years will quadruple. By the time we reach … Continue reading

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AGING WITH A PLAN – PART IV – OCTOGENARIAN – 80-90

You are now part of an elite group of survivors.  The ages between 80 and 90 are reserved for those who still have much to give the world or those who have been filled with new parts that won’t give … Continue reading

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AGING WITH A PLAN – PART III ADDENDUM

HOW TO STAY ACTIVE DURING THE SEVENTH DECADE IN LIFE Get out of bed each morning with a prayer of thanksgiving that you made it through another night. Exercise – If you’re my age, exercise consists of the act of … Continue reading

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AGING WITH A PLAN – PART III – 70 to 80

A commercial came out recently showing people in their 70s and 80s still in the workplace.  There’s the fireman who weighs about 80 pounds, trying to handle a gigantic fire hose.  We see an elder woman as a DJ while another entertains as … Continue reading

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AGING WITH A PLAN PART TWO ADDENDUM

The actual retirement process is here – as in applying for Social Security benefits.  It’s funny how this has been slowly re-labeled over time.  It used to be referred to as a retirement plan – a required amount of money taken … Continue reading

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AGING WITH A PLAN – PART II, 60-70

“When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable.  There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.”  Victor Hugo When you turn sixty, you’re entering the golden years of life.  That’s what they tell you – who are they … Continue reading

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AGING WITH A PLAN – PART I – 50 TO 60

“Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.”  William Shakespeare – “Macbeth” OK, so you’ve turned 50.  This is supposed to be the pinnacle … Continue reading

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AGING WITH A PLAN

“Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years.” Charlotte Bronte I’ve written about aging several times.  I do so because I’ve reached … Continue reading

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BECOMING YOUR PARENT’S PARENT

The parenting role never changes. Once you become one, you are one for life. As your children grow and start new lives, they may be gone, but not forgotten. Their safety, their freedom from problems and worry, their joys and … Continue reading

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FILLED WITH GOLD

When we mend something with gold, we’re not only solidifying the base, we’re holding true to the importance of the damaged item.  Such is as it is when you grow old. I’m in a point in my life where six month … Continue reading

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