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August 2013 - Todays Gray MattersTodays Gray Matters

Monthly Archives: August 2013

Who Cares?

I was a hospice social worker for several years, and before that I was a chaplain on call at a busy trauma center. I’ve met my share of people who can’t take care of themselves, and I’ve met the people who care for them. Sometimes family is great at caregiving, sometimes it’s best to hire someone outside the family. I ... Read More »

Gold In The Golden Years

I recently noticed a newspaper story about a woman who lives in a building where I used to provide social work services to home health patients. Helen Crossley was about to turn 105 years old. She”s proof that it’s possible to age well, to add value to your community, and to inspire others. Here’s her story: http://wapo.st/17mo2Y3. What treasure do ... Read More »

Life In The City?

I’m a boomer and happy to be one. I have to admit I’ve wondered if I should move from my suburban home to a more urban setting where I would have easy access to public transportation, entertainment, an intergenerational population, and more. A detached retina 13 years ago got me started thinking early about how to cope with challenges of ... Read More »

Taking Care of Yourself

Caring for a loved one can be exhausting physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. It’s important to take care of yourself if you’re to have the energy to care for someone else. That’s good advice, but it isn’t always easy to follow. Believe me, I know. My mother is 85 and my mother in law is 89 so I have first ... Read More »

Where’s the Simple Life?

Find out what Boomers are finding more attractive in city living as opposed to suburban life: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-kids-gone-aging-baby-boomers-opt-for-city-life/2013/08/05/1a21c1b2-fba7-11e2-a369-d1954abcb7e3_story.html?hpid=z3 Read More »

Who’s At The Gym?

Take a look around next time you’re at the gym. Who do you see? I was there this morning and I saw a lot of gray hair. People weren’t necessarily your hard-bodied athletic type, but they were older men and women who can still get around without walkers and canes, can still live independently, and want to have good quality ... Read More »