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.
Joy Hare tries to live up to her name in all aspects of her life. You can’t make it to 75 without experiencing some heartache, and she has. But she is always seeking joy, which is reflected in the poetry she writes, the art she produces, the work she does, and the adventures she takes. She reflects on all of that in the latest episode of my special series Conversations About Aging.
Join me for a conversation with Bill Green, a familiar face on Maine television for more than 40 years. This time the stories he’s telling are mostly about himself, including what his plans are for the next chapter of his life.
Lavon Harris is grateful to have lived as long as she has — 100 years!
She considers herself healthy, happy, and also sad because you can’t live without some sadness in your heart. She shares her joys and her sadness in this episode of Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health podcast.
Sue Hoyt has spent her entire life helping people. She’s retired now but continues working as a volunteer. Listen to our conversation and hear her stories about living in the Maine woods, going back to college, and being a volunteer.
Retired surgeon Dr. Bob McAfee no longer sees patients but he still contributes to the health and wellbeing of his fellow human beings. In our conversation about aging, he reflects on his accomplishments and his life now that he is 84. He also shares a bit of wisdom.
One of the issues that often comes up as we are living longer is figuring out the best place to live. Most people want to stay put in their own homes. That’s what Peesh and her husband Paul want, only they have different ideas about where in Maine their home should be. One thing they agree on is that it’s important to live your life fully and not put things off. My conversation was mostly with Peesh, but Paul joined us toward the end.