Monthly Archives: July 2014

Reversing it?

I met an old friend on a downtown street yesterday. She had just celebrated her 78th birthday and she looked great. She was briskly walking toward a particular store in the hope of finding some old-fashioned paper dolls for a granddaughter—or maybe it was for herself. That would not surprise me. She has always had [...]

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I’m Walkin

Here in the Rogue Valley we are blessed with a wide variety of walking, hiking, trekking options.  Some are better known, such as the Pacific Crest Trail, Table Rock and the Bear Creek Greenway, while others are somewhat hidden gems, like the Jacksonville Woodlands (www.jvwoodlands.org).  In addition, there are hundreds of day hikes in and around [...]

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Easy on the Hands

You’ve probably not given much thought to the knobs on doors lately. Or the knobs on cupboards or drawers. I have. I think about them a lot. With the impetus of a friend who has a background in disability and rehabilitation, and after reading an on-line article www.thisoldhouse.com I went through our current home with [...]

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A Mountain Too High

As many of you know, Sharon and I are very involved in ‘Age-Friendly Living” and the concept of ‘aging-in-place” in your own home.  This is a personal journey (our own new accessible home) and a public pursuit (our non-profit corporation Age-Friendly Innovators).  Over the past year we have been working with the Rogue Valley Council [...]

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The Idea Home

Have I mentioned lately—my husband and I are in the process of building an age-friendly home? I mean—really age friendly. It will be certified to the Rogue Valley Council of Governments’ Senior and Disability Services Lifelong Housing standard and has ”no-threshold” entries, wide 36” doorways and two easy-use bathrooms—we envision the kind of spacious and [...]

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Last Aunt Standing

For most of my adult life I have frequently encountered people asking me “are you related to ‘the’ Howard Johnson and I answer proudly “yes I am.”  Of course the Howard Johnson I am referring to was my uncle who was serving in Europe during World War II when I was born and not the [...]

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“Local” Food

The Fourth of July weekend with our “all-American family” has ended. It was a food fest. Our visiting daughter and her Hawaiian-Chinese-Filipino husband had requested “local” food, which I thought, at first, meant loading up at Thursday Farmer’s Market. Nope.“Local” food to this Hawaiian family of teens and a toddler meant “Mac Salad,” copious amounts [...]

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