Category Archives: Aging Well

Going the Extra Distance with the Bus Loop

Imagine if you didn’t drive. How would you get groceries? Run errands? Stay connected to friends? Transportation is a critical link in helping people maintain their independence and access services that provide for their overall health and self-sufficiency. As our population ages, and driving becomes more limited for older adults, accessible transportation options are a growing need.

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Raking a Difference

Maintaining a home is not easy, believe me I know. Every fall I spend hours raking leaves, a task that makes my back ache for days afterwards. I like to exercise, so I tell myself it is good for me. But in reality, I have become resentful of having to put my energy into a chore instead of taking a bike ride on a beautiful fall day. If I could get some help from a team of volunteers, I would eagerly do so. 

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Age Well by Connecting with Youth

At age 93, singer Tony Bennett is still going strong with tour dates scheduled through this summer. One of the lessons of aging well that we can learn from him is to spend time with people of different generations. He has recorded with Lady Gaga and other younger artists who have kept him relevant to multiple generations of music lovers.

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Gardening to Age Well

If you’re looking for ways to extend your life, and make those extra years healthier, here is some advice: try gardening. It is well-established that an outdoor lifestyle with moderate physical activity is linked to longer life, and gardening is an easy way to accomplish both.

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Getting Our Community in the Loop

I want to share a heart-warming message we received recently from Mary Ellen Stone, one of the frequent users of the Community Thread circulator bus: “Once again, Community Thread has reached out beyond its four walls to bring the community together. The Connector Loop, which operates from 10am – 3pm on Mondays, has enriched many lives by enabling those in our community to shop for food (either at a local retailer or at Valley Outreach), attend doctor’s appointments, meet friends and visit downtown Stillwater. In my case, I use the Loop to get to Community Thread to volunteer, and I would be unable to do this if not for the service.”

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