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Archive for the “Everybody is Aging” Category

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 […]

Tough Love for Bubbie

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by Margit Novack
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Helping someone you care about when they don’t want help is complex. When do you honor their wishes, and when do you superimpose your own beliefs out of a conviction that your instincts are correct? Several years ago, my husband and I faced this question with my mother-in-law. It was among the hardest and most important things […]

I’ve Got Your Back, Dad

Posted on June 12th, 2015 by Margit Novack
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Guest post by Jean Long Manteufel Dear Jean, Father’s Day is coming up. I don’t know what to get for Dad. He has lost so much of his memory.  At times, he doesn’t even know me. Why bother? Dad isn’t the same person he used to be. Sometimes he thinks I am his younger brother, […]

Missed Earrings

Posted on June 9th, 2015 by Margit Novack
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“Bill, there is something wrong with the fan,” I said to my husband, in another room. He walked into the kitchen, tried the cooking spray, and said, “There is nothing wrong with the PAM.” Life has been interesting since we started mishearing.

I’m Beginning to Worry About Me

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by Margit Novack
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Yesterday, a friend reminded me about a conversation we had a few weeks earlier that I had forgotten. “I’m beginning to worry about you,” she said. Then I began to worry about me. Was this an indication of something serious? I began checking for other signs of forgetfulness. Nothing stuck out. I handle a million […]

Confessions of a New Cane User

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by Margit Novack
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I thought that using a cane would make me feel dimished. Instead, it has made my life larger.    The following is a guest post from Andrea Frayser of The Intentional Caregiver: I have to make a confession. This has been the hardest post for me to write. I have sat down, time and again […]

Why I Write

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Margit Novack
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When I started Moving Solutions 18 years ago, I knew I was in the business of aging, not the business of moving, so it is not surprising that my writing is about aging as well. When you delve into the details of people’s lives, as Senior Move Managers do, you observe the impact of caregiving and […]

Elderspeak: Babytalk Directed at Older Adults

Posted on July 9th, 2013 by Margit Novack
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          “The doctors talk to me like I’m an old man,” my uncle grumbled. “Mike,” said my aunt. “You’re 92. You are an old man.”   “I know,” he said, “but no one wants to be talked to like they’re an old man.”   The blog below is from guest blogger, […]

Bubbie’s Secret Mission

Posted on February 4th, 2013 by Margit Novack
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I didn’t know when or how my mother-in-law, Bubbie, was going to die, but I knew one thing for sure: she wanted to be buried in a pink sweatsuit and slip-on sneakers. “Sneakers?” I asked. “Absolutely,” she said. “I’m not wearing pantyhose for eternity.” The Conversation Project was started to encourage people to have honest […]