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Archive for June, 2010

Family Time, New Experiences Are Popular Items on Bucket List

Question: I have a friend who is talking about her bucket list.  Exactly what is it and how do you create it?   I am 80 and expect to be around for a while. 

Living at Home vs. Assisted Living

Question: My healthy and independent 86-year-old mother was in a car accident and is recovering at my home. Her arm is in a cast, which limits what she can do. She is still a bit unsteady on her feet and clearly cannot shop, cook, drive or navigate stairs on her own. My brother, who manages [...]

Expectations and Reality Clash When It Comes to Growing Older

Dear Readers: This week’s column focuses on growing older in a large context. The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank, published a research report in July 2009 on “Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality.”  The report concludes that growing old isn’t as bad as people think.  However, at times, it’s not quite as [...]

Longevity Brings Questions of Quality of Life

Question: On April 3 I turned 80 and find that I am not taking “old age” very well.  I should be lucky because I went to school to learn to use my cell phone and also learned how to text.   But the number “80” scares me to no end.  Thanks for listening.