All posts in "Aging"

#82 Aging with zest

By Cathryn Wellner / June 28, 2011

Whatever stereotypes I had of aging were shattered by the talented actors, storytellers, and singers I met at Stagebridge.  The Oakland-based company is America’s longest-running senior theatre troupe. Most of the cast come from professional ranks, taking the stage when retirement allows them time to pursue passions. I got to know Stagebridge firsthand when they […]


#67 Poet becomes bestselling author at 99

By Cathryn Wellner / June 15, 2011

Here I am approaching my 65th birthday, and I still haven’t written a bestseller. Thanks to Toyo Shibata, I know there’s hope for me yet. At 92 Shibata had to give up classical dancing. She needed an outlet for her creative energy. Her son suggested poetry. She began penning poems, and when a newspaper published […]


#26 Shirley Buchan releases first CD at 78

By Cathryn Wellner / May 20, 2011

No, that’s not 78 rpm (revolutions per minute), which people of a certain age will recognize as industry standard for early disc recordings. This 78 refers to the age of Langley, B.C., singer, Shirley Buchan. At 78 she released her first recording, a collection of jazz and torch songs she calls, “Standing in the Centre […]


#16 I don’t have time for bad days

By Cathryn Wellner / May 17, 2011

So, OK, I won’t lie to you. Sometimes I still have bad days, though generally not whole days anymore. You’ve probably all seen report of studies that claim people get happier as they grow older. I think that’s true, at least as long as we have social connections and some security around basics such as […]


#8 Thanks to a flood

By Cathryn Wellner / May 14, 2011

Robin and I were not looking for a relationship when we first got together. We just enjoyed each other’s company. Then came the flood. Untitled from Cathryn Wellner on Vimeo.

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