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September 10, 2015
You’re Never too Old to Find New Friends
Meeting people is easy, developing a friendship is more complicated; it takes patience and initiative.
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November 25, 2014
When One Spouse Retires Before the Other
As a recent retiree, Carolyn Prosak has had plenty of time to put together a to-do list for the ranch home she shares with her husband, Victor, in San Jose, Calif. Her ambitious agenda matches her energetic personality: Get the house power-washed and the trim painted. Re-landscape the backyard. "Seniorize" the bathrooms by widening the doorways. Repave the driveway and redo the guest room to make space for her many hobbies.
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November 12, 2014
Grandchildren? This Baby Boomer says, ‘No, Thank You.’
Over wine and dinner recently my best friend told me she and her husband will soon have another grandchild, their sixth. My friend is excited, and she can’t wait to learn if it is boy or girl and what name the parents will choose. When baby arrives, there will be a shower with gifts of soft blankets, tiny outfits and colorful, tactile toys. I’m delighted for my friend. I love her children, their spouses and their passel of children. Watching their infants grow into toddlers and on into childhood is fun and often wildly entertaining. I’m always grateful when my friend and her family include me in celebrations of weddings, baby showers, birthdays, family gatherings and more. I enjoy being there, but at the end of the day, I’m always happy to say goodbye and return home. Home to my books, music, writing and the adorable puppy I adopted a few months ago. I am happy to be home and happy to be grandchildless.
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October 28, 2014
Gaining in Years, and Helping Others to Make Gains
DAVID N. CAMPBELL’S path to creating and running a volunteer organization began when he heard about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. His response was something he had not seen coming. “When I heard about it, I was overwhelmed,” said Mr. Campbell, 72, a former technology executive. “In my gu
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October 15, 2014
How Did I Get Here:
Coping With the Changes of Age

This morning DemocracyNow interviewed a woman marcher in St. Louis: she was 90 years old! She said she has always known St. Louis was segregated, and many of its inhabitants racist, ever since she moved there in 1967, and has worked for change her entire life. When asked why she still feels compelled to speak out, she said ‘because it’s still an issue and she still cares’. That made me sit up and take notice: she was vital, interested, quick-witted and active:at 90. This year I turned seventy, and though turning seventy doesn’t feel as daunting as it did in February, I know it is still affecting me. My daughters were concerned this year because I forget things,which I never used to do. My Dad had Alzheimer’s, so I could understand their concern.
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