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  • For seniors age 65 and older, the open-enrollment period for Medicare runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7
  • In 1978, Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.
  • Aging brings to the forefront many issues: Health is No. 1;  finances are No. 2. 

  • REVISITING THE PARK | Manners not...
    World War II put a major pinch on just about everything in the food department in Madison Park — not that there was anything wrong with powdered milk, Spam and fake mashed potatoes. 
  • If you have children, you have likely been lulled into the media images of aging. Most of them portray healthy, elderly couples surrounded by their happy families: children, grandchildren and a frolicking puppy or two thrown in for good measure. There is the assumption that family will be there for support and assistance when you are old. 
  • I’m not too sure when it happened in Madison Park, maybe in the early ‘60s: Concern or curiosity was beginning to bud about the hippy lifestyle. Bell-bottom pants, vests, beads, long hair, beards and hemp appeared on the scene. Those who tended to fit that profile were from all walks of life, and eventually the hippy look became the style nationwide.
  • REVISITING THE PARK | The Twinkie Man
    In the ‘60s, there were five grocery stores in Madison Park. The business district was lined with delivery trucks of all kinds. 
  • REVISITING THE PARK | Gadgets from the days of yore

    The transition to normalcy after World War II took place slowly. New innovations were continually being developed to make housework easier and to make life more fun. A chore most kids disliked was helping Mom do a load of wash. After the initial washing, the hot, wet clothes had to be lifted with a stick and guided through the ringer. 

  • REVISITING THE PARK | Coffee klatches

    The gathering place had always been an important element of the Madison Park neighborhood. Adults engaged in talking politics, storytelling or spreading rumors. For instance, someone saw a sailor leaving a house at 4:30 a.m. We grew up fast, overhearing adult conversations, but by today’s standards, not fast at all. 

  • I’ve heard lots of older people say, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” While I understand the feeling of wanting things to go back to the way they were when you were younger, I encourage people to view things from a different perspective, to ask themselves, “I’m here now. How can I make my life more enjoyable?” 
  • I wake up every day and look out at the flowers and the leaves putting on their winter garb, and I get quite excited as winter creeps its way in. 
  • In the ‘60s, those of us younger than 40 reluctantly participated in the working force but became hippies on our off time. The hippie movement was all about fun, love and “antidisestablishmentarianism.” The necessary evil of working prevented us from devoting our lives completely to the cause but still reinforced a budding, new lifestyle.
  • There are times when “old lady” are fightin’ words, and then again, there are days when “old lady” is just what I want to be as my children insisted we should definitely celebrate by 90th birthday.
  • Our spirits began to pick up on Friday, about an hour before school was out. My friend Henry and I sat in the last row of Mrs. Wilson’s fifth-grade classroom at McGilvra School, eyeing the clock and sneaking glances at each other as we counted down the minutes until the week was done.
  • Downsize: the very word can open up some difficult territory for elderly loved ones. As a person who is in the unique position of meeting lots of people who are transitioning into old age, I often see the subject of downsizing become a source of family friction and frustration.

  • At one time, rentals were far-and-few-between here in Madison Park. One reason: Flight crews and university students found it to be a most desirable location. A big draw for these groups was the Attic Alehouse and Red Onion Tavern, which were in the top 10 in beer sales in Washington state. 
  • REVISITING THE PARK | Meet-and-greet: Dating and new-fangled inventions
    Voices were changing, blemishes appeared and clothes no longer fit in either size or fashion. It was the end of an era of exchanging Valentines and confessing grade-school crushes. It was now the big time for many of us! 
  • REVISITING THE PARK | The critters of Madison Park
    The mid-‘40s was a time of scarcity due to World War II. The toys we played with just did not stand up to normal abuse so we found other avenues of enjoyment, like collecting pollywogs in the swamp where Canterbury Shores is today. 
  • It was a beautiful summer day after an amazing summer dream. I lay there thinking, and finally, I woke up at 7:30 and realized that I did not have to get up: It was the first day of my retirement.

    I went back to sleep.

  • REVISITING THE PARK | Working out is hard to do
    We used to sit on the floor of Ken Lindley’s drugstore (now the Red Onion Tavern) in the mid-‘40s, reading Dell Comic books. In every issue was an ad for The Charles Atlas Body Building Course. 
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