Aging in Place

Paperwork and parents

One of the most difficult parts of assisting an older parent, sibling, or friend is that when you become aware of situations, they may already be full-blown crises. Dealing with these problems can not only be time-consuming and needlessly costly, […]

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Aging in Place

Broken watches

In an almost forgotten wooden box are keepsakes I have saved for no apparent reason. They are an assortment of broken watches that go back to my first watch. It was a high school graduation present from my parents, purchased […]

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Aging in Place

At 80

After the last of the party guests had departed, I sat down with my friend to inquire about the obvious. “How does it feel to be 80?” I asked. “It doesn’t feel like anything. Today I feel pretty much like […]

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Aging in Place

Shrinking

Maybe it’s a coincidence, or maybe just an attitude problem, but since I turned 60, my birthdays have been ambushing me in an aging sort of way. This year I turned 66 and I am shrinking. In elementary and middle […]

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Aging in Place

“At your age…”

It turns out 65 is the awkward age of aging: older, but not yet old. I’ve got all the energy necessary to hurt myself. Earlier this season, I had a wonderful week gardening. I dug out and moved four junipers […]

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Column

Grab that handicapped parking space!

By Scott Funk Political correctness aside, I have always complained about parking spaces for the handicapped. Yes, it’s rude to admit, but who hasn’t pulled into a crowded parking lot and steamed at the sight of three perfectly good spaces […]

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Column

Aging in Place: Old light

By Scott Funk Over 40 years ago, I bought an old brass desk lamp at a flea market. When I brought it home, I was amazed to find that the original neon bulb (or tube or whatever it is called) […]

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