Conversations About Aging: Ann Quinlan, 81

For the past year, I have been traveling around Maine interviewing people 60 and older about their lives and what it’s like to be growing older. I have met the most interesting and inspiring people. Today’s episode is a conversation with Ann Quinlan, who like just about everyone I’ve met so far, leads a very purposeful life. Get ready to be entertained and to learn a few history lessons. They probably won’t be what you might expect.

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Pictures

Ann’s childhood home

Ann and her four children when they young

Always dreamed of going to Ireland?

For information about the trips to Ireland that Ann leads, visit her website Spiral Journeys. You can also read my blog post Shall we go to Ireland?

Health Aging Matters

If you are caring for someone who is experiencing dementia or memory loss or are having difficulty navigating our healthcare system, Ann may be able to offer some assistance. Learn more on her other website Health Aging Matters.

Who’s next?

Conversations About Aging airs every other Monday. My next conversation is with Sister Maureen Wallace, who also has a strong connection to Ireland. She belongs to the order of the Sisters of Mercy, which was founded in 1831 by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland. Sister Maureen is past retirement age, but like Ann Quinlan and many other people I’ve interviewed, she still leads a busy life. Sister Maureen is also not the least bit retiring. She had me laughing a lot during our conversation.

Suggestions?

If you have any suggestions for people I should consider interviewing, let me know. The best way to get in touch is to send me an email. And please, share Conversations About Aging with your friends and family. Thank you!

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Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. She now hosts and produces the Catching Health podcast and writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.