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.
As people age, a common scenario is family members worry that home is no longer a safe place to live and the person growing older wants to stay put. A little bit of extra help might make that possible. That’s where Portland Area Villages comes in.
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.
When a community decides to work together to ensure that its older citizens have the resources they need to continue living in their own homes it can benefit people of all ages. Take a look at some of the things happening in Saco, Maine.
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.
It’s so easy to procrastinate about things, especially when they involve matters you’d rather not think about. Like not being able to speak or act on your own behalf. Or dying. But getting your affairs in order while you still can is a smart thing to do and we’ve got some useful information on how to get started.