1. Loss and Life on the Beach

    From time to time I write about being on the beach. Mostly I find myself on Wellfleet Town or National Seashore beaches. My experiences there include visits to protected bay beaches with their calm waters and carpets of shells, crab remains, and rounded stones. But I also walk along the...
  2. Reflections at Yellowstone

    Last spring I began to sense that I needed a break. I was feeling anxious and at odds with myself, and couldn’t figure out why. Maybe it was the seeming confusion and uncertainty of the local and national political scenes. Maybe I hadn’t accomplished all that I had hoped in...
  3. When to Stop the Show

    At High Holiday services just a few days ago, Rabbi Joel Sisenwine told a story that, at first, seemed off-base in the middle of the seriousness of the day. He began to talk about a 2014 Garth Brooks concert in Minneapolis. I wondered what the point was until the Rabbi...
  4. Age-friendly From the Inside Out

    The ideas for many of my age-friendly articles come from the perspective of others. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that “age-friendly service providers, public officials, community leaders, faith leaders and business people: recognize the great diversity among older persons, promote their inclusion and contribution in all areas of community...
  5. Connected More than We Know

    Maybe we are connected with each other in ways that we don’t know and don’t see. Maybe our presence in our neighborhoods is noticed even though we don’t feel it. Maybe our regular actions are observed and registered in the minds of strangers, but their awareness is hidden from us....
  6. Aging in the Here and Now

    On April 10, 2017, I attended the Age-Friendly Communities Conference, sponsored by AARP, Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Grantmakers in Aging, and FSG, a “mission-driven consulting firm for leaders in search of large-scale, lasting social change.” It was terrific. I learned a great deal that will guide my city’s initiative as...
  7. Someone to Inter-generate With

    Once in a great while I have an experience that unexpectedly and swiftly changes a long-held opinion. Usually, if I shift an attitude, it’s after much talking, studying, and thinking. But I had an encounter lately that made me see how I can revamp my mind almost instantly. It was...
  8. Denial and Disrespect

    I was at a meeting the other evening and a grey-haired woman mentioned that people had tended not to notice her as she got older. She began to feel invisible. As she got greyer and greyer, she was more and more ignored. However, she decided to get a pair of...

About Marian

Marian Leah Knapp, Ph.D., wants to start a new conversation about “aging with intent.” Much of what is written about elders is from the point of view of physicians, psychiatrists, gerontologists, and adult children. In her roles as author, columnist, speaker and elder activist, Marian is reporting from the front lines.
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