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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Aging and Staying Visible

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    I am probably similar to many women who are getting older. Every morning I look in the mirror and notice the wrinkles in my cheeks and the slightly puffy pouches under my eyes. I wonder if other people notice. “My glasses will cover the baggy eyes and a little make-up...
  7. Un-stuff

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    Fran Korten of YES! magazine has written a great article on stuff! Check it out. Click on the link below: http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/the-yes-breakthrough-15/lets-unstuff-the-holidays
  8. What to do with my stuff?

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    I have too much stuff. Over the past year or so I have been trying to clear away some of it to freshen up my living space and also to increase the likelihood that my kids won’t have to deal with it when something happens to me. I have thrown...
  9. End-of-Life Decisions

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    Over the course of 10 years I made end-of-life decisions for three unique individuals: my mother, my aunt Lena, and my cousin Fred. I was the health care proxy for all of them. In spite of good care, thoughtful interventions, and supportive environments each was on a path towards dying....
  10. A Caregiver’s Reflection on Atlas

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    I have been a caregiver for numbers of loved ones. Most were old and all were unable to care for themselves towards the ends of their lives. During these “watching-over” years, I made forays into diverse and unfamiliar places, and struggled with frightening uncertainty. I took on these jobs not...

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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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