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Archive for the “Everybody is Aging” Category

Be a Lamp, a Lifeboat, or a Ladder

Posted on October 6th, 2017 by Margit Novack
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“Are you still working?” I hear this question more and more, sometimes from people my age, sometimes from folks who are younger. It bothers me, because it feels as if there is more than curiosity behind the question; it feels like judgment. Society seems to have preconceived notions of what we should be doing at […]

Honk Like a Girl

Posted on February 9th, 2017 by Margit Novack
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Someone cut in front of me, so I honked at him. It wasn’t much of a honk, more like a honklette. So I said to myself, “You honk like a girl.” “Like a girl”! Where did that come from? I thought about the video I had seen, “Always #LikeAGirl” and was ashamed of how sexist […]

How Did Fear of Flying Become Fear of Falling?

Posted on January 18th, 2017 by Margit Novack
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  We had a wintry mix last week, and as I put on my boots, I thought, “I don’t want to fall.” “You sound old,” I said to myself. And then I thought, “Why does not wanting to fall make me old? I think it makes me smart.” Risk-taking is highest in adolescents and tends […]

What Makes a Great Ad, Great?

Posted on December 13th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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What makes a great ad, great? This Polish Christmas ad hits it out of the ballpark. You hardly realize it’s for Allegro, an online auction platform. You’re busy smiling and crying at the same time. So why has this ad resonated with over four million people? Yes, there’s a cute dog, but that’s not it. […]

Hitting the Nail on the Head

Posted on September 13th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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At the nail salon, I saw an 80+ year old woman getting her nails done. Her hands were wrinkled and veined, her knuckles were enlarged, but her nails — each a different color — were spectacular. I was startled that a woman her age would want nail art, and then thought, “Why am I assuming […]

Dog Gone Aging

Posted on July 13th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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I overheard a conversation. “How are your parents doing?” one asked. “Oh, you know, they’re deteriorating,” said the other. “That’s it?” I thought. “That’s how she sums up her parents… They’re deteriorating? What about, “They’re facing some challenges but they’re coping ” or “They’re declining and struggling to maintain their independence” or “All things considered, they’re […]

Helping Parents Sail Upwind

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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In sailing, the technique used to move against the wind is called tacking. In common use, tacking is the concept of making progress by zigzagging rather than moving forward directly. For adult children helping their parents transition from one home to another, tacking can be a useful concept.

“What, Mother is Dead?”

Posted on March 4th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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I was sitting in the lobby of an assisted living residence when a resident met his son at the door, hugged him, and asked, “Where’s Mother?” “Mom’s dead, Dad,” said the son. “She died three days ago. Don’t you remember?” “What, mother died?” he said, grief and panic written on his face. Less than a […]

Anya Opts for a Third Choice

Posted on January 18th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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  Thirty years ago, my 92 year old grandmother tried to kill herself.  They called us from her personal care residence to say she had been found unresponsive, with an empty bottle of pills by her bed. My brother and I rushed to the hospital and heard the sound of her stomach being pumped. For […]

When the Tail Wags the Dog

Posted on August 18th, 2015 by Margit Novack
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Last week, I met a woman and her dog walking along a nature trail. As dog lovers do, we started to talk. She said she and her dog walk the two-mile nature trail daily. Recently, she had tried to adopt a second senior dog, to keep her 8-year-old dog company. The rescue organization said that […]