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.
A poem called “The Crabby Old Man” has made the rounds for years. It turns out the story behind the poem is not accurate, but it still contains a useful message. He may seem crabby, but the man is simply feeling lonely, isolated, invisible, and depressed.
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.
Ginny Hoy has been going to the gym regularly for the past 10 years. Even after she had two heart attacks this past year. Survived, I should say. She doesn’t think she would have if she hadn’t stayed active.
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.
Let’s face it. As we age, a lot of things don’t work quite as well as they used to. Balance, for instance, can be an issue. But guess what? There are ways to assess and lower your risk of losing your balance and falling.
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.