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  1. To Be or Not To Be Sentimental

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    Originally published in the Newton TAB. There are wonderful programs on public television that bring back old songs, often with original singing groups made up of initial members plus replacements for those who didn’t make it to older age. A lot of this music is my music from the late...
  2. Returns from a Small Town Post Office

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    A few weeks ago, after my son, daughter-in-law, and 3-year old granddaughter, Lina, left my house here in South Wellfleet, I discovered that they had inadvertently left behind Lina’s bath toys. These were not fancy things – a few foam letters that stick on wet walls, a bath-friendly book, and...
  3. Life is Long Enough

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    The other day I overheard a comment in someone else’s conversation. I wasn’t really eavesdropping because I don’t remember what the people were talking about. But out of the surrounding air I heard a man say, “Life is too short.” Without thinking, I turned to him and said, “Life is...
  4. Being Our Own Advocates

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    In a recent article I wrote that we seniors must be our own advocates. We can’t be sure who will stand up for us, or what things we may need now and in the future. In thinking about advocates and advocacy, I realized that like everything else I needed to...
  5. Wellfleet Leftovers

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    I love leftovers. A lot of people may say Yuk at the mention of leftovers, but I love them. I think my affection for meal-remains stems from my early childhood. As a kid, I was happy when I had a lunch from the dinner we had the night before. I...
  6. Driver’s License

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    On Tuesday, July 1st, I renewed my driver’s license. Because my birthday is in early August, I wanted to get it off my to-do list quickly. I completed the renewal and now my right to drive is assured for the next five years. Although the process was easy, I muttered,...
  7. The End of Caregiving

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    I sat down today and figured out that I was a caregiver of older loved-ones for varying amounts of time and intensity for much of the past 30 years. It started with my dad who died in 1987 at age 83. He had a major stroke about six months earlier...
  8. The Language of Ageism

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    Maybe I am getting sensitive or maybe just simply grumpier as I get older, but I find that I am reacting intensely to the language of ageism. Maybe it is more prevalent now than it used to be or perhaps I am just noticing it more, but it is definitely...
  9. Two Thanksgivings

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    I had two Thanksgivings this year. One was late in the day with my family. The other was earlier at the Newton Senior Center. I went to the Center to help out – set up, serve, and get things back in order after it was over. I also went to...
  10. On Space and Connectedness

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    I have been in my new apartment for just about a month and I’m working on getting adjusted. As I reflect on these past weeks, I realize that this adjustment has multiple facets related to how changes in place and space may impact my ability to maintain connections to things...

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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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