Category Archives: intergenerational

Why we need older friends

Earlier this week, I watched three buses from an elder housing community pull out of the parking lot near a theater where we had just seen a play. Ah, so that explained the presence of so many eighty-somethings in the audience. … Continue reading

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How to talk to old people

While I was working, I never had occasion to work with a supervisor younger than I was.  Which is why I can’t speak personally to issues that arise when older workers have bosses from the millennial generation. (Depending on the … Continue reading

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One way to escape the sense of entitlement

Yesterday was my mother’s birthday. No matter what our age, we never stop thinking about our parents. Inevitably, when we’re younger something reminds us — not always as a good memory — of a childhood experience, a family outing, a … Continue reading

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Finding inspiration in the life of a 95-year old

Meet my friend Eleanor. She’s a terrific writer, former teacher, advocate for the mentally ill at city, state and national levels, addicted thrift-store shopper (though she claims to have quit cold turkey this past year), patron of the arts, and all-around … Continue reading

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Genealogy lessons

Yoo Hoo! School is almost over. Children and teachers might shout something like this near the end of every term, though as a rule retirees don’t.  But I’m saying it now.  I’m sick of homework and happy to have almost … Continue reading

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Medical horrors from the past

You think the drugs advertised on TV, the ones with the possible side effects of blindness, cancer or death, are bad? Read the articles and ads for medical cures in a newspaper from the late nineteenth century and you’ll be … Continue reading

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Surprises from the past

I always thought researching one’s ancestors was a job for old people.  I’m researching mine now and I’m old, so I guess I was right. Years ago, my mother gave me a short family history prepared by a relative of … Continue reading

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Are you ready for these glasses?

As part of preparing to attend my high school reunion, I couldn’t resist looking at my senior picture in the yearbook.  And what did I notice first?  The glasses. I started wearing glasses at age eight, which gave my mother … Continue reading

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One thing all women can agree on

I don’t know anyone under thirty, which puts me at odds with the popular view of my youth that we were not to trust anyone over thirty. I do know, however, that generational differences make for interesting conversation. I just … Continue reading

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