1. Going Grey

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    About ten or fifteen years ago vanity and denial got the better of me when I decided to color my hair. I didn’t have much grey but what there was made my hair look mousey – that pale brown, blah color. I thought it made me appear overall dull –...
  2. Making Decisions, Changing Places

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    For a long time, years in fact, I debated with myself about whether I should remain in my house or move – perhaps to a place where I wouldn’t have to worry about snow shoveling, keeping the lawn mowed, electrical panel meltdowns, and all of the other things that take...
  3. No tomatoes this year

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    Every year for the past decade or so I have grown tomatoes in pots in my backyard. The front of my house faces north and only gets sun in the earlier morning. But by about 11 a.m. the sun begins to show itself around the back of the house and...
  4. Two Different Kinds of Seniors

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    On one recent Wednesday, I opened the Newton TAB and noticed the headline, “The big decision looms ahead” by Margaret Larkin . I really like Margaret’s articles and feel a bit of kinship with her. She writes about real-life experiences as a mother with a young family (including...
  5. We are living our futures now

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    I was a casual planner for much of my life. A lot of my early planning revolved around what was expected – do well enough in high school to go to college (even though my studies didn’t prepare me to earn a living), marry, have a family, live in a...
  6. Have You Prepared Yourself?

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    In early September of 2003 my mother had a stroke. She was already in a compromised condition, being 95 years old and wheelchair bound. She didn’t look that frail. She was round and pink, but already past the time that she wanted to live. She was just waiting. Intellectually, I...
  7. Good Enough Aging

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    Lately I have been reading up on “successful aging” to understand better what people mean when they use the term. I thought it would be helpful to figure out what significance it may have for me and to see whether I am living up to whatever the goals and standards...

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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