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July 7, 2016
Wishful Thinking
I’ve got a lot of miles on my chassis so time’s a wastin’ to see and do all the things on my ultimate wish list. First up, marijuana. Like Bubba, I never inhaled. Gotta get me some. Hmm ... my favorite cousin lives in Denver. A two-for-one treat.
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June 7, 2016
Fifty Plus; Minus Kids The challenges of the Solo Ager
Did you know that almost twenty percent of baby boomers have no children? I don’t mean no children living at home; I mean no offspring of any age. That number is nearly twice the rate of childlessness in all previous generations. The reasons for this dramatic rise are fairly evident. Over the past 40 years, options for careers and contraception have changed women’s lives dramatically. Plus, pursuing a career path, never marrying, and not raising kids became socially acceptable. However, that also means one in five older adults will have no grown children to help them as daily life gets more difficult. Household relocation, money management, shopping, even personal hygiene, are just a few of the myriad chores adult children take over for their aging parents.
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May 14, 2016
Thriving at Age 70 and Beyond
A recently published book, “70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade,” inspired me to take a closer look at how I’m doing as I approach 75 and how I might make the most of the years to come. It would be a good idea for women in my age cohort to do likewise. With a quarter of American women age 65 expected to live into their 90s, there could be quite a few years to think about. It’s not the first time I’ve considered the implications of longevity. When one of my grandsons at age 8 asked, “Grandma, will you still be alive when I get married?” I replied, “I certainly hope so. I want to dance at your wedding.” But I followed up with a suggestion that he marry young!
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May 10, 2016
Aging in Place
When I asked the other three members of my walking group, all of whom are in their mid to upper 70s, whether they had any concerns about future living arrangements, they each said they had none despite the fact that, like me, they live in multistory private homes without elevators and, in two cases, without bathrooms on every floor. My Los Angeles son asked recently what I might do if I could no longer live in my house, and I flippantly replied, “I’m coming to live with you.” The advantages: I’d be surrounded by a loving and supportive family, and the warm weather is a benefit for someone like me who becomes increasingly intolerant of the cold with each passing year. The disadvantages: I’d lose a familiar community and a host of friends, and his house, unlike mine, is on a steep hill with no nearby stores; if I could no longer drive, I’d have to be chauffeured everywhere.
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May 9, 2016
Living, and Dying, at Home
A few years back, a Domino’s pizza delivery worker named Susan Guy began to worry about one of her elderly customers, Jean Wilson, who had ordered a pizza a day for three years. Guy hadn't received an order from Wilson for a few days, so she went to Wilson’s house and knocked on the door. When Wilson didn’t answer, Guy checked with a neighbor and then called the police, who beat down the door and found that the elderly woman had fallen and was unable to reach the phone to call for help. The woman was rushed to the hospital, and survived the ordeal.
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