Car Conversations and Aging in Place

“Driving! Dad’s driving? What do you mean, Dad’s driving? He’s nearly blind!” “Don’t get so excited. There’s nothing to worry about; I’m always with him,” Mom countered reassuringly. “I tell him when to turn left or right and when to stop, don’t I dear?” “What, what was that?” Dad responded. Of all the minefields negotiated between generations, dri

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Aging in Place Numbers to Know

Years ago there was a wonderful thing called Information 411. We could dial it to talk to an actual person and get assistance finding a phone number. But this was long ago, before the internet, the break up of Ma Bell, and a lot of other things which promised to make our lives easier and less expensive. Here in Vermont, we are very fortunate to hav

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Drinking Water and Aging in Place

The moans are almost audible, “Not another article about drinking water”. It does seem every time we turn around, the media is pushing the miracle drink, but it’s still a battle to get some people to drink enough. Me, for example. It wasn’t until after the third kidney stone that I finally heeded my doctor’s simple advice. “Drink more water.” That

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Activity and Aging in Place

There was a point, as my dad aged, when he moved into the living room. The realization he was doing this came on us slowly. It went from his falling asleep in front of the TV to his always sleeping in the chair, through a series of little adjustments no one noticed. Looking back now, I recall how hard it became for Dad to get in and out of that cha

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Aging in Place?

More and more we are hearing this phrase: Aging in Place. A national event celebrates it and both Gov. Douglas and Lt Gov. Dubie have called it a factor in healthy aging. Aging in Place is growing older where you choose to in a way that is healthy and safe. It is important to talk about because none of us can accomplish this alone. Improvements in

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