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Monday, June 1, 2020

Fences and bridges can separate and reconcile groups

By Marianne Delorey© Everyone has heard that birds of a feather flock together. It is a normal part of human nature to seek out people...

Not always easy enforcing rules in housing community

By Marianne Delorey© I’ve been in property management for most of my adult life. It is a great job and one that has provided me...

The challenges of aging

Two well-known social psychologists named Alter and Oppenheimer did an experiment in which they had groups of people take a quick, three-question intelligence test called the CRT. This particular test is rigged so that the most obvious answer is wrong. Eighty-three percent of people miss at least one question. However, the researchers found when they made the test harder, people did better. They did this by writing the test in a font that was difficult to read. The conclusion the researchers drew from the experiment is that making people slow down their reading made them make fewer mistakes. In this case, less speed made for more processing time, which in turn led to more careful answers.

Is discretion truly the better part of valor?

I sat down recently with four card players. It turns out, only one was still driving. There seemed to be a common thread among the others – in all three cases, it seemed like they all had stories where driving had been taken away from them in a seemingly underhanded fashion. One lady recently moved back to Massachusetts from Florida. Her son told her to sell her car and they’d find her one up here. Well, conveniently, finding a new car has not become a priority.

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.

Going smoke free in senior housing has legal support

By Marianne Delorey© “Due to state laws, the restaurant was nonsmoking, which as a nonsmoker pleases me, but as a Libertarian it pisses me off....

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.

Those who humble themselves will be exalted

By Marianne Delorey A large part of our success in aging well has to do with how we cope with changes in our bodies.  All...

Now what? Finding community among strangers

By Marianne Delorey Moving day has come, your toothbrush was swept into one of the many boxes before you. You start unpacking the boxes, picking...

The second empty nest takes some getting used to

By Marianne Delorey © John Andrew Holmes once wrote, “A child enters your home and makes so much noise for 20 years that you can...