Aging in Place


Claudette Hollenbeck
I want to write about women and work. For me, this is a very personal and very powerful issue. I fear I cannot write about it well from a societal or global perspective because for me it has been such an integral element of who I am and how I feel about myself. Paid work was my ticket to freedom...

Claudette Hollenbeck
It was minus 12 degrees this morning when I opened the door to let the poor dog out. I feel like I am living in a very chilly solitary confinement. My now 20-year-old granddaughter once said a few years ago, “I think I would do fine in solitary confinement. I am very good company for myself.” On...

Claudette Hollenbeck
I was 39 when my mother died at the age of only 64 in 1976. There happened to be a Quaker meetinghouse about a mile away, and for some reason I started walking there, attending meeting, and walking home down the quiet, very rural back road. That particular meeting was very silent, very rarely...

Claudette Hollenbeck
Global life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900. A child born at that time could reasonably expect to live to age 50. Only 4% of the world’s population was older than 65 in that era. The Center on Longevity, a study group at Stanford University in California, claims that by 2050 long...

Claudette Hollenbeck
A friend of a friend chose to die via VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking) recently. I guess there is an acronym for everything these days. But I had never before heard of this one. There are, apparently, many books, videos, and podcasts describing this method of choosing to die. As a...

Claudette Hollenbeck
An old friend who now lives in Switzerland sent me an email that I want to share. It was a perspective on Earth’s population and a look at what it means to be over 65 in our world today.
The population of the Earth is around 7.8 billion people That is too big a number for me to grasp and...

Claudette Hollenbeck
The pandemic has changed so many things, rituals and patterns of behavior we all just took for granted. People have discovered new ways to live and communicate (and dodge the law). We certainly are an imaginative and creative species. My grandson, age 21, was telling me yesterday about the sites...

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