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  1. What’s all this about Livability and Age-friendliness

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    More and more I hear talk about “Livable” and “Age-friendly” communities. I see these terms in newspapers, web-sites, blogs, and presentations. For many years, I have been intrigued by the ideas underlying these broad concepts. Interestingly, my very first article in the Newton TAB of April 6, 2010 was on...
  2. The Reassurance of Recipes

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    It has been a rough winter for me. There were serious illnesses in the family with the death of a dear cousin. There is more ahead as another relative has a terminal diagnosis. I, too, had some health problems, but fortunately mine, although very uncomfortable, were mendable. Mainly the solutions...
  3. When to Ask for Help

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    I have a hard time asking for help. I see myself as an independent, competent person who can take care of herself quite well without anyone’s assistance. At least that is how I felt until some recent events altered my thinking profoundly and permanently. In my writings I always struggle...
  4. Housing in Three Not-So-Easy Stages

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    There is much discussion about housing projects in my city newspapers, web-sites, e-mails, public announcements, and meetings. This spate of publicity reveal s passionate opinions for and against whatever type of housing is being discussed. I can commiserate with people on various sides. I understand how people who have lived...
  5. Goodbye 2013

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    Two-thousand and thirteen was a hard year for me and I am very glad to see it go. I insist that 2014 be better. Of course, I have no control over what this New Year will be like, but I have steadfast, hopeful expectations. I have to believe it will...
  6. A Snowy Day Reflection on Sewing Boxes

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    I have three sewing boxes sitting close to one another in a closet. Each one is an artifact from the lives of distinct individuals – my mother, my aunt Lena, and me. My mom and Lena were very attached to each other, and I was devoted to both of them....
  7. Stepping Outside

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    I have lived in my condo for about a year and a half and have been reflecting on my feelings now compared to when I first moved in. It’s very interesting that my reactions are very similar to the way they were back then. One of the things that I...
  8. It’s Us Not Them

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    I was at a meeting the other day with a small group of people and we were talking about ways to address issues that impact seniors. The discussion revolved around the major concerns and anxieties about things we all face: housing (where to live as we get older so that...
  9. Storms, Pictures and Memories

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    I am struck by how nature can create the backdrop for stories, long-lasting memories, and sometimes meaningful lessons. Much of the time I deal with natural phenomena only when they throw themselves upon me. In 2011, for example, the incessant winter storms and vast accumulations of snow had a major...

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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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