Bonus Years Work

Age-proofing the home is needed for successful aging-in-place

By Phil Burgess | June 28, 2020

With nine out of 10 Americans aging in place and with more Americans living into their mid-80s and mid-90s, finding ways to create an age-friendly living environment is high on the agenda of aging Americans in every region of the country.  Downsizing or moving to single-level living is one approach.  Renovating an existing home is…

Man pushes a boulder up a hill like the myth of Sisyphus

Retired physician takes a time-out before re-entering the fray

By Phil Burgess | May 3, 2020

“Fifty years ago, I made a decision to go to George Washington University medical school.  I’ve never regretted it.  Now, having turned 75, I decided it’s time to retire.”  Those were the words of Dr. Robert Greenfield, our family physician since we moved to Annapolis in 1993. Greenfield continued, “I’m so grateful for the opportunity…

Safe at home during coronavirus pandemic, remember blessings don’t always roar

By Phil Burgess | April 5, 2020

A recurring bonus years’ theme is the idea that with age comes perspective and balance, virtues born of knowledge and experience. Sometimes we flaunt it.  Think of the comment, “I’ve seen this movie before” – as a know-it-all flashes his or her familiarity with what’s going on and how it’s going to end. More often,…

Dr. Fauci’s knowledge and authority show value of age and experience in pandemic management and messaging

By Phil Burgess | March 29, 2020

How old is old? After spending another week in isolation but observing the daily reports of the White House coronavirus task force – and especially the remarkable leadership of Dr. Anthony Fauci (age 79), the public face of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic – it’s noteworthy that people aren’t questioning the advanced…

Dr. Deborah Birx is the grandmother coordinating the White House response to the coronavirus

By Phil Burgess | March 22, 2020

“I’m also a grandmother.” Those were among the first words she spoke as she stepped up to the White House podium last week to answer a question about the coronavirus, the new flu that has changed the daily life of nearly every person on the planet. Her name is Dr. Deborah Birx, age 63, a…

Life is enriched when we carry life-long interests into retirement

By Phil Burgess | December 8, 2019

As Dr. Seuss might have said, last week was special, special-er than most, because I got to meet Captain Brian Hope. Hope, born on Thanksgiving Day in 1943 in Lowell, Massachusetts, is a man of many talents honed during 76 circumnavigations of the Sun – and many more around the waters of the Chesapeake Bay…

Somewhere woman enriches her later life

By Phil Burgess | November 24, 2019

Unabridged Bonus Years Column from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, November 24, 2019 Back in 2017, British demographer and commentator, David Goodhart, introduced the idea of “Somewhere” people and “Anywhere” people – what he calls “the new Great Divide” in the cultures of the UK and US. Tailoring Goodhart, Somewheres are people…

From schoolteacher to doorman, he still inspires

By Phil Burgess | November 17, 2019

Unabridged Bonus Years Column from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, November 17, 2019 Readers of this space know I’m a fan of “experience gifts” – i.e., instead of gifting stuff gift an experience such as an airplane ticket or a Netflix subscription. Experience gifts are especially suitable for those in their bonus…

Meet a former Navy SEAL who’s a survivor at life’s wars

By Phil Burgess | October 20, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, October 20, 2019 Last week, I met a guy named James Hatch.  Hatch retired after 25 years and 11 months in the Navy, years he described as like riding on a Speeding Train. James Hatch is also the name you’ll see on…

Later-life gardeners create, maintain lovely gardens at Ginger Cove

By Phil Burgess | September 15, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, September 15, 2019 “Sublime” is not a word I use very often.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever used it.  And a Google graphic tells me I’m not alone because it shows that use of the word sublime has seriously declined…