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  1. 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...
  2. 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
  3. 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...
  4. 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....
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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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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