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Aging in place: choosing your own fate

Part 3


Growing old takes courage. You are fighting a rear-guard action you cannot, in the end, win. There are many kinds of courage. There is the courage to keep fighting long after you know the war is lost. And there is the courage to know when enough is enough and to hold fast to that decision.

Doing business, but on whose terms?

On Aug. 19, the Business Roundtable, a group of hundreds of CEOs from the largest corporations in America, released a statement updating their definition of a corporation’s purpose. After decades of insisting that a corporation exists solely to increase shareholder’s returns, they now claim that all stakeholders should be considered. Now, apparently, employees, customers, suppliers and their communities should be taken into consideration.

Aging in place: Worth it despite challenges

Part 2

We are extremely lucky to have two excellent retirement facilities in our area. Noble Horizons and Geer Village are both well appointed, full of caring people and, above all, safe. Safety is the top priority. Safety is what the families of residents want.

Aging in place: Worth it despite challenges

Part I

Two thousand years ago, the Roman orator Cicero wrote: “Old age will only be respected if it fights for itself, maintains its rights . . . and asserts control over its own to its last breath.”

One of the greatest taboos in our society is to talk about aging and, yes, dying. I am dying. And so are you. Sorry, but it’s true. And once we can accept that growing old is the only alternative to dying young, we can begin to make the last third of our lives a positive experience.

What -ism are you?

America is complicated. Volunteer firefighters and EMTs are anarchists who drive on socialist roads to rescue capitalist homes. That is the American way. But if you don’t like those labels you can use others: community firefighters drive on public roads to rescue private homes. It doesn’t change the meaning.