Category Archives: Resources and Services

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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Stay in Control by Planning Housing Choices

Nothing evokes the same emotional response as the meaning of home. For me, it is the safe haven from the world, where I go to be restored and renewed.  Right now, I am in good health and I am able to handle the physical work that comes with my home and 10 acres of wooded property. But in a few years, I imagine I will feel differently and perhaps overwhelmed thinking about my next move.

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What Really Matters as we Age in Community

It’s pretty basic. When older adults are asked what they value, their primary need is food. And next on the short list is transportation, followed by maintenance on their homes if they intend to remain independent, “aging in place”. I prefer the expression “aging in community, with support”.

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The Best Gift Ever

My mother passed away a year ago. We five siblings were lucky that she and my father, who died 8 years before, had the foresight to have their “affairs in order”. A family trust. Wills. Life insurance. All organized in notebooks in my father’s closet. It sounds business-like, I know. But the real gift was that we could direct our energies toward planning their joint memorial service instead of the thrash of looking for documents needed to settle their estates.

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Creating Community from Addiction

This statistic from AARP got my attention: 17% of adults aged 60 and older have a drug or alcohol problem, compared to 10% of the overall population. But beyond the statistic, here is a real person’s story from our community. She is a 76 year old grandmother with a loving and supportive family. As she struggled with being the sole caregiver for her husband who had suffered a series of debilitating strokes and dementia, she turned to drinking. She often drank more than she planned and started not remembering phone conversations with her family.

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