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  1. Remembering Turning Seven

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    My birthday is Aug. 1 and every year I reflect a lot around this time. Last year’s thoughts were particularly intense. It was because my older granddaughter, Hannah, turned seven. My birth date falls in a small cluster with other family members. My sister Paula’s is July 29 and Hannah’s...
  2. What is it about the Senior Center?

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    My July TAB article “Make community contribution in Newton part of your legacy” explained the work of the Newton Council on Aging (NCOA). My plan was to write two articles – one on the NCOA and one on the Senior Center. The NCOA was relatively easy. I’m a member, know...
  3. Developing Meaningful Community Connections

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    An exciting, vibrant stream of community-minded activity is happening all around us – taking different forms and each with a unique emphasis. Amid all the unhappy news about the economy and world discord it is comforting to hear about efforts that bring people together in forward-thinking, creative ways. Civic initiatives...
  4. Meaningful Legacy

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    The other day I bumped into a friend at the supermarket. After checking in with each other, he said “you should write an article about legacy.” I jotted the idea on my shopping list (I have many scraps of paper with ideas to  explore) and proceeded to tell him that...
  5. The Silent Generation

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    Almost every day as I read the newspaper, watch television, listen to the radio or look through AARP publications there is talk about the Baby Boom Generation. As we all know baby boomers are those who were born in the post WWII years between 1945 and 1964, there are a...
  6. Walking and Talking

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    I know I should exercise more and am aware of all the good reasons why: make my heart pump; keep my muscles strong; get rid of minor aches; and clear my mind. Exercise for me is primarily about walking. I try to walk two or three times a week mostly...
  7. Our Houses and Our Dreams

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    I have an intimate relationship with my house. This place, with its straight walls and boxy windows, supports and surrounds me with stability and comfort. It is small and sturdy — it suits me. I feel safe in this familiar house, knowing all the ins and outs of living here...
  8. Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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    Like so many people my age I wonder whether I should stay in my house or go someplace else. It has taken me years of investigation and deliberation trying to understand this complex, thorny issue. In my learning journey I visited rentals, condominiums, and “continuing care” communities. Each place had...
  9. Safe and Sound

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    Over this past year I had a few small health problems — nothing big, but enough to nudge me (unwillingly) into understanding a bit better what it means not to feel as “safe and sound” as I used to. The first incident — a fall — left me aware of...
  10. Getting from Here to There

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    Lately, I have been thinking about how I get from one place to another. Those who plan systems for moving people around call it transportation. I, however, as an individual aging-in-placer, don’t think “big” about “transportation;” I think “small” about how I can get from here to there. Usually, I...

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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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