When Tom Antonik was diagnosed with AIDS in the late 80s, he expected to die a young man. All around him, people he cared about were dying and he never dreamed that he might have a different fate. But he did and he’s now old enough to share his personal perspective on aging.
Vikki Choate told me that when she hit 50, something magical happened — things that used to bother her didn’t anymore. In this episode of Conversations About Aging, we talked about her view on life and how she is preparing for the future. Hint: it doesn’t include retirement.
Imagine living most of your life on an island off the coast of Maine. That’s what Paul Quinn has done and he has lots of stories to share. Like about the time he came home to find a lobster boat (not his) half in his garage and half out in the driveway. Listen to our conversation to get that story and more.
Joanne Santee was diagnosed with a chronic lung condition 25 years ago. She knew that someday she’d need to be hooked up to an oxygen tank in order to breathe. That day arrived, but it hasn’t stopped her from enjoying life. At 78, Joanne has a lot of wisdom and humor to share.
At one time, Ernie DeRaps was a lighthouse keeper in Maine. After retirement, at age 80, he became an artist. What do you think he painted? Mostly lighthouses, of course! I hope you enjoy our conversation.
He’s 97, but he hasn’t seen it all yet. That’s because Dr. Bill Taylor has an insatiable curiosity and eagerness to learn new things. And I learned a lot from him, including about windsurfing. He was a champion. In many ways, he still is. Listen now to our conversation about aging.
Try to imagine living to 98 years old. Mary Hamblen didn’t and yet, it happened. She’s had a good life filled with ups and downs. You just have to go with it, she says. We talked about her life, her thoughts about being older, and her last car, which she misses a lot.
It’s not easy giving up your independence and moving into an assisted living facility. That’s what Bill Saltzer decided to do. He talks about the challenges and also reminisces about being a Marine during WWII.
Have you ever heard of the Code Girls? They were part of a top-secret mission that helped end World War II. You’re about to meet one: Leona Chasse, now 95 and living in Cornish, Maine. Listen to our conversation. You’ll be glad you did.
When I decided to launch Conversations About Aging, I contacted lots of people and organizations for recommendations on individuals I might interview. One of them was Jess Maurer, Executive Director of the Maine Council on Aging. One of her recommendations was Shirley Weaver. “In her 80s, a force to be reckoned with — a must interview!” I took her advice. Listen to my conversation about aging with Shirley Weaver, 82. She IS a force to be reckoned with.