All posts in "Aging"

Aging together in a chosen community

By Cathryn Wellner / November 11, 2015

As Boomers edge into their retirement years, many are contemplating an old idea: cohousing. Some are veterans of communal living experiments in the sixties and beyond. Others just prefer to age in good company, with more control than they might have in independent-living complexes. I’ve written about the Baba Yaga House in France and the […]


61 years later, they got the wedding photo shoot of the century

By Cathryn Wellner / October 30, 2015

Any loving couple, married 61 years, should have a granddaughter like Lauren Wells. She knew their story about the photographer who stood them up on their wedding day. Before the era of cell phones and digital cameras, no one arrived with a backup plan. Having only one snapshot of their wedding did not interfere with […]


At 102 Inge Rapoport earns doctorate denied by Nazis

By Cathryn Wellner / October 19, 2015

Inge Syllm-Rapoport is one of the most inspiring examples of feisty aging I have ever come across. She completed her medical studies in 1937, just in time for Hitler’s anti-Semitic laws (her mother was Jewish) to prevent her from taking the doctoral exam. The following year she emigrated to the U.S., where she achieved her […]


Toddlers and oldsters play together in this care center

By Cathryn Wellner / August 26, 2015

Homes for the frail elderly can be some of the most depressing places on the planet, though residents like my Aunt Grace (Is your door open? I need to talk) brighten the lives of those consigned there. Splitting old people off from the rest of society may be convenient, but it is no better practice […]


Forget the cane and dance!

By Cathryn Wellner / July 22, 2015

The World War II veteran is waiting for a plane at the Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. Then a trio of three women singers start harmonizing a song the Andrews Sisters made famous, “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. Music and memories set his heart thumping, his legs moving, and he is up and dancing. […]


Dream job at 91

By Cathryn Wellner / June 22, 2015

  If a company wanted to design high-tech gadgets for the elderly, they would be smart to get advice from someone old enough to understand the challenges of aging. That is what IDEO did with 90-year-old Barbara Beskind. IDEO is well known for innovative design. When they turned their attention to an aging population, they […]


World War II vet is running across the U.S.

By Cathryn Wellner / June 17, 2015

Ernie Andrus is making the run of his life. He started at the Pacific Ocean near San Diego in October 2013, two months after his 90th birthday. He plans to keep running until he touches the Atlantic Ocean. His goal is to earn enough money from sponsors to send the U.S.S. LST 325, a decommissioned […]


This 98-year-old keeps on giving

By Cathryn Wellner / May 1, 2015

My mother would have loved this woman. The place she lives looks very much like the cluster of apartments where my mother spent her last years. Each small unit was occupied by an older woman on her own. They knew each other’s habits. If Joyce (my mother) did not open her blinds by nine o’clock, […]


Hurricane Hazel, a Canadian marvel

By Cathryn Wellner / April 27, 2015

When she was elected as mayor of  Canada’s sixth largest city, Hazel McCallion could not have known she would serve twelve terms. The Mississauga mayor was in that office from 1978 until 2014, and although officially retired she is actually serving as special advisor for strategic development at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Born in […]


The 90-year-old primary school student

By Cathryn Wellner / March 23, 2015

Priscilla Sitienei has brought babies into the world for 65 years. Now she wants to do something more for them. The Kenyan woman, who is in her 90s, wants to inspire them. To do so she has become the oldest primary school student in the world. Six of her own great-great-grandchildren are in class with […]

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