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Thursday, January 20, 2022

You can’t take it with you

By Marianne Delorey Americans tend to have more stuff than they need. At no time is this more apparent than when they are downsizing. There...

Moving into someone else’s home

By Marianne Delorey One of the great adjustments many people face as they age is that they have less control over their lives. Nowhere is that...

Those who humble themselves will be exalted

A large part of our success in aging well has to do with how we cope with changes in our bodies. All bodies change over time. There are amazing people who are able to continue using the same skills well into older adulthood. There are also some incredible people who develop or hone new skills as they age. For most people, however, we need to be mindful that our changing abilities can affect our self-esteem. Those who pride themselves on their intellect may face an easier time with sore knees than memory loss, and those that were very skilled with their hands might have an easier time with cataracts than arthritis. But none of us are immune to the frustrations of changing bodies. Very often, we have to remind ourselves, if not society in general, of our own worth, even as we lose some of our functioning.

Home is where the heart is

By Marianne Delorey “Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head… That way it will go with...

Young at heart: The story of a child’s positive influence

By Marianne Delorey Little Ava came with her grammy to talk to the housing manager about her lease. “Hmm?” Ava asked, toddling over to the...

Holding a hand and letting go

By Marianne Delorey I remember holding my son’s hands while he learned to walk. There is nothing quite like the feeling of letting go and...

Aging drills

By Marianne Delorey “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think...

If not grace…

I think often of what it means to age gracefully. Of the hundreds of elders I have met, I am most awed by those who make aging well seem so easy. One of my role models is Janice. Janice puts herself together every day. Her outfit is matched and her hair is coiffed. She is the quintessential lady. She doesn't have an unkind word for anyone. She is upbeat and forward-thinking. She is sharp as a tack and attentive and engaging in conversation. This month she turns 105 years old.

Best towns in Central Mass. for seniors – a review of medical amenities

By Marianne Delorey This article is part of a series comparing the towns in Worcester County for seniors. The focus of this part is on the...

Planting the seed

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Proverb When people think of planning for their later years, they think about saving for retirement. This is great, but it is not enough. Planting a tree requires thinking about water, soil and sun. People have more diverse needs. They need food, clothing, shelter, and health care. But they also need to fill their psychological needs. Some need something to do, a purpose in being, a goal. This may be harder to plan for, but it is important none the less.