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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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 –...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. To be or not to be sentimental.

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    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 1940s and early 50s when rock...
  8. 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...
  9. The Meaning of Aging in Place

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    I am an older woman — 76 to be exact. Certainly, there are many people who are older than I am and a great deal more who will enter their senior years over the next few decades. But all of us who are 60 (AARP starts at 50) and older...
  10. The Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

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    I grew up in a city triple-decker. In the back of the house there was a plantless, dusty yard that became muddy in the rain. Nothing blossomed there. The only tree I remember from my early childhood was the one that grew in the drab, crumbling playground next to our...

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