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Thinking Outside the Box

Social isolation is more dangerous for older adults than smoking 15 cigarettes per week. Why? When an older person is isolated that person is more likely to eat poorly, suffer from depression, neglect to take medication as prescribed, attempt to relieve loneliness using alcohol or drugs, suffer complications from lack of follow-up on a fall or illness Who’s Walking In […]

A Twist on Homesharing

In the past intergenerational homesharing was a natural occurrence. Grandma lived with the extended family. Today mother, child, grandchildren rarely share the same abode. Instead, many of us live miles and hours from our closest relatives. This feature from AARP, “Why Some Students Are Living Like Retirees”, offers a new twist on the age old model of intergenerational homesharing. Why […]

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Seniors Aging In Place Have Unmet Needs

Finally, someone with a national voice is speaking out for “my people.” You and I, presently self-sufficient, older adults aging at home. I’ve been active on Buncombe County’s Aging Plan Committee and the regional Aging Coordinating Consortium. I find the attention of both groups drawn to the rural frail and poorest among us. Although I understand these currently pressing priorities, […]

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A Friend of a Friend of a Friend

I’ve never met Janice Mason Steeves, but she’s making a big impact on how I’m choosing to live life. She’s a teacher at Cullowhee Arts, where I’ve studied multiple times. She’s also close friends within a shared network of artists. Janice’s impressive body of work is “concerned with using light and colour in a way that offers space for reflection […]

Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Silver Linings

The recent government shutdown brought up harsh memories for me. I recalled sadly how I never caught up economically or emotionally early in my teaching career after spending just one week picketing for better pay and smaller class sizes. In New York at that time, public service workers were fined two days pay for each day on strike. That memory […]

Letting Go

“Letting go” is a phrase that can be loaded with emotional baggage. Most if not all the young adults I know want their parents to start letting go of the reins. But once that wish comes true, we begin discovering the truth: that letting go is never as easy as it sounds. Beyond the middle age years of building and […]