Monthly Archives: June 2014

Celebratory Trek

Some couples celebrate thirty years of marriage by renewing their vows or taking an exotic cruise. Not us. We chose a day trek on Mt. Rainier. Those of you familiar with the mountain know that at the end of June there’s several feet of snow on the trails and this particular anniversary weekend, there was [...]

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Naked Chicken? LOL

The most valuable course I took in high school (class of ’60) wasn’t English (have you seen my punctuation?) nor history (although I am a history buff) and not even science (which I find fascinating).  No, my most valuable high school course was typing.  Yup, I got pretty good at it; upwards of 70 WPM [...]

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The Intergenerational Barbeque

Sometimes I get a bit confused by the generational labels we have pasted on people.  “The Greatest Generation,” “Baby Boomers,” “Gen-X,” “Millennials”……you get the picture.  I guess I have my own identity crisis since I was born in 1942 which makes me what?  Not a boomer, they first appeared on the scene around 1946.  Technically [...]

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A Little Road Trip Perhaps?

The most amazing story I’ve encountered regarding an elder’s driving behavior involved a seventy-something mother traveling from Seattle, Washington to rural Oregon to visit her daughter’s family. She arrived without apparent problem and parked the car in her daughter’s yard and then spent two lovely weeks enjoying her grandchildren. When Grandma was ready to return, [...]

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Driven to Distraction

Earlier this week I moderated a television show on RVTV called Age-Friendly Rogue Valley, sponsored by AARP Oregon.  This was the 5th show this year and each show has dealt with issues related to older adults.  On this particular show my guest panelists and I discussed older adult mobility  Nancy James, an AARP driver safety [...]

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Organ Recital

I was admittedly incredulous after reading my husband’s last blog post. It was sweetly acknowledging of our relationship and I was touched by its tender sentiment. But that blog contained more intimate detail about our individual health histories than I am typically comfortable putting on public display. Post-blog, we talked about his desire to do [...]

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She Has My Back

Thirty years ago this month Sharon and I exchanged wedding vows.  We were not spring chickens; I was just past 40 and Sharon a few years younger.  Between us we brought three young children into the marriage.  Sharon and I made another vow when we married and that was to “have each other’s back” when [...]

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Staying at Home

If you’re a regular, or even an occasional, reader of my Sunday “Healthy Aging” column in the Mail Tribune (www.mailtribune.com/healthyaging), you’ll recognize the following question. If it feels repetitive to you—that’s okay. As we age, things are more difficult to remember and repetition is useful. This is a question worth remembering. “Where do you want [...]

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