Aging in Place

Aging in Place
December 28, 2016

On not feeling my age

Millennials aren’t found of talking about age because they are “as young as they feel.” They are the age they are and, at any point, that is the right age to be. Such is the confidence of youth. It is among older folks one hears…

Aging in Place
December 1, 2016

Grieving Lost Possibilities

The first was realizing I’d aged out of joining the military.  It was something I’d always kept as an option. It had its attractions.  I could simply join the Navy and go see the world, except a day came when it was no longer possible….

Aging in Place
July 7, 2016

Aging in Place; Old time medicine

 

By Scott Funk

It would be more accurate to call it “ old time no medicine ,” for in the world Boomers grew up in, there was precious little medicine in the medicine cabinet. In the medicine chest at our house, there was a…

Sales scams : 10 danger signals
Aging in Place
May 26, 2016

Sales scams : 10 danger signals

Whether you are shopping for a cell phone or for a complicated financial service or product, there are things the sales person (or website) might do that should serve as a warning. While it is risky to generalize, these are so often signs of trouble…

Paperwork and parents
Aging in Place
May 6, 2016

Paperwork and parents

One of the most difficult parts of assisting an older parent, sibling, or friend is that when you become aware of situations, they may already be full-blown crises. Dealing with these problems can not only be time-consuming and needlessly costly, they can also create friction…

Broken watches
Aging in Place
April 27, 2016

Broken watches

In an almost forgotten wooden box are keepsakes I have saved for no apparent reason. They are an assortment of broken watches that go back to my first watch. It was a high school graduation present from my parents, purchased at the local pharmacy. A…

At 80
Aging in Place
January 28, 2016

At 80

After the last of the party guests had departed, I sat down with my friend to inquire about the obvious. “How does it feel to be 80?” I asked.

“It doesn’t feel like anything. Today I feel pretty much like yesterday and the day…

Shrinking
Aging in Place
December 22, 2015

Shrinking

Maybe it’s a coincidence, or maybe just an attitude problem, but since I turned 60, my birthdays have been ambushing me in an aging sort of way. This year I turned 66 and I am shrinking.

In elementary and middle schools, I was always one…

“At your age…”
Aging in Place
September 8, 2015

“At your age…”

It turns out 65 is the awkward age of aging: older, but not yet old. I’ve got all the energy necessary to hurt myself.

Earlier this season, I had a wonderful week gardening. I dug out and moved four junipers and sawed down a dozen…