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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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.

Good fences make good neighbors

Robert Frost once wrote a poem called “Mending Wall” in which the property line between neighbors brings them together and yet keeps them apart. This seeming contradiction is seen every day in elder housing. The best neighbors come together in times of need, but are aware of their own limits, or boundaries in the relationship.

There is no ‘I’ in team

Over the summer, I play softball with a bunch of other women in my town. I am older than and not as nimble as my younger teammates. Even if I were, I’ve never been particularly athletic. But, they let me play and I enjoy my time on the field. Granted, I am always a bit worried that I am going to mess up, but even when I do, someone is there to back me up and we keep playing. I am part of a team. That is what teammates do.

A review of elder friendly community rankings

This table summarizes the last several articles about each of the towns in Worcester County and how they compare on elder friendly characteristics. The higher the ranking, the more elder friendly the town was considered to be in each of the areas studied. The areas included the extent of medical facilities available in the town, how affordable the town was, how extensive the transportation options were in the town and how well funded the senior center was.

Best towns in Central Mass. for retirees – Transportation options

By Marianne Delorey This article is the last in a series about the towns in Central Massachusetts and how they can attract and retain more...

Best towns in Central Mass. for seniors – a review of housing affordability

By Marianne Delorey This article is a part of a series comparing central Massachusetts cities and towns on factors making them the best and worst...

Best towns in central Mass. for retirees – a review of senior centers

By This article is part of a series intending to open the discussion of which Central Mass towns are most elder-friendly. This article focuses on...

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...

Best towns in Central Mass. for retirees

By Marianne Delorey Everyone seems to take a stab at rating communities on different criteria.  A simple search on “best places” helps people decide where...

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...