1. Old Year’s Resolutions

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    Throughout my adult life, I have had a problem with the notion of New Year’s resolutions. When I was younger I would search my brain to find a possible change so I could feel virtuous. I can’t recall any of those bygone resolutions, except for the perennial promise to lose...
  2. Reflections on Getting Older

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    I used to have this fantasy that the summer months should be a time of fun, relaxation, and not thinking about anything too serious. I suppose I could work on maintaining that illusion, but the passage of time and life events often prevent that from happening. For one thing, my...
  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. The A List and The B List

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    Making decisions is a mixed bag for me. Sometimes it’s easy because it is so clear what the right action should be, such as painting my peeling house, having my chimney relined, or traveling to Oregon to meet my nephew’s fiancée so I could get to know her before their...

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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