Longterm Care, Part 2: Assisted Living

I’m wrapping up my birthday month growing old and aging series with the second part of my three-part series on longterm care options for the aging and elderly in society. Today we look at Assisted Living. Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) are growing in popularity with about 1/2 a million aging adults choosing this option inContinue reading “Longterm Care, Part 2: Assisted Living”

Let’s talk about getting older

It’s my birthday month. Last year was a big – ZERO year, but also pandemic, so I didn’t do much to commemorate it. This year, each day until my birthday I want to talk about getting older and aging. We so undervalue our elders in this society, which leads to so many dreadful living andContinue reading “Let’s talk about getting older”

Life is lined

Do you have a favorite wrinkle? So far I have lines mostly around my eyes and mouth. I’m happy they have developed first from all the times I’ve laughed and smiled. I think they illustrate that I have spent more time happy, than wrinkling my brow/forehead in worry or exasperation. I know I’m lucky andContinue reading “Life is lined”

Memorial Day

I went to school with Steve five days a week, where he’d slam shut my locker, next to his, before I had my last books out. Or slam it and spin my lock so I’d have to start all over. He relished teasing me, but he’d also call me on the phone often, even decadesContinue reading “Memorial Day”

Taphophile Tuesday

I spent some time with one of my oldest friends last week. She’s a true taphophile and supplied many of the pics on my website. You should check them out. We almost always make a trip to a cemetery when we’re together. Our first trip was to beautiful Cave Hill in Louisville last fall. WhatContinue reading “Taphophile Tuesday”

Thanatology Thursday: BUBBLES!!

Way back in September, I wrote a post about vanitas art. At the end, I promised a post on one particular theme in vanitas art, which is a favorite: bubbles. I mean, who doesn’t love bubbles. But, what do these soapy, opalescent orbs have to do with death? Quite simply, there is probably no objectContinue reading “Thanatology Thursday: BUBBLES!!”

Old photos and new grief

Lots of feelings and grief have been nudging, bumping and sneaking around me this month. My dad is moving and our relationship has changed dramatically in the past several months. Losing a powerful force like my mom left a empty place in our family that changed all our relationships and dynamics. You end up grievingContinue reading “Old photos and new grief”

Thanatology Thursday

Thought I’d share some historical and cultural concepts of death and dying from time to time. Starting with this definition from Britannica: “Thanatology: the description or study of death and dying and the psychological mechanisms of dealing with them. Thanatology is concerned with the notion of death as popularly perceived and especially with the reactionsContinue reading “Thanatology Thursday”