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Neighbors helping neighbors to age in place

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland There are two views of aging in America. In one, a 70 year-old woman drives another to the doctor.  Across town, a later-life adult takes an even older neighbor to do her...
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Time out to plan the bonus years

"Wait, wait!  Don't tell me," as they say on the popular NPR variety show.  And for many, lifestyles in the bonus years are, indeed, a surprise waiting to happen.  But for others, what we have been is what we shall become.  Indeed, for increasing numbers...
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Follow your passion, even in the bonus years

The idea of "leaving a legacy" is a popular bonus years theme.  It came to mind a couple of weeks ago as I was driving past Severna Park High School and noticed the sign outside the sports arena.  It reads, "The Andy Borland Field House."...
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Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing

I received an interesting email last week from a reader with the following comment:  "It's inspiring to read about people who continue to work, volunteer, take care of grand kids and do good things  in their 'retirement' years.  But I know there are people who...
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“Doing Nothing” is not in the cards

Meet John Fry (USNA, '48), an interesting guy for many reasons, not the least because the former naval officer who spent much of his first career in the Pacific also had a second career in the US diplomatic corps as a Foreign Service Officer, where...
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“Retiring” to full-time community service

In 1986, when John "Rusty" Porter was 54 years old, he and his wife, Virginia, an elementary school principal, moved to Annapolis.  Last April, the Rotary Club of Annapolis recognized Rusty with its "Service Above Self" award, the highest honor for community service that it...