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Martha McClellan
Position: Authentic Aging

Medical interventions or not?

It’s winter, time to go through my checklist of medical appointments/procedures: dermatology, yearly physical, blood work. And my number is up for a colonoscopy, hopefully my last one. Many ...

Generational differences at the holidays

Happy 2023! Here’s hoping people have had a fulfilling holiday time with friends and family. I had a family Thanksgiving with people I dearly love. We gathered in Denver and all camped down ...

Saying goodbye for the last time

Have you had to say goodbye to someone you know you’ll never see again? Whether from dying or distance or something else, it’s very difficult, but can be beautiful. Traveling to Maine in Oct...

Death and the Quality of Life Impact Study

A very old man I knew took his own life this past spring. I only met him once, and emailed with him several times after that, but he had quite an impact on me in that very short time. We tal...

Can we change the doom and gloom upon us?

When in our long lives so far, have we ever felt so much dread at the state we are in? Sometimes, I feel we are at apocalypse’s door, the final and total destruction of the world. This is me...

‘What did you do this summer?’

This is the age-old first day of school assignment, ice-breaker exercise. I love summer and had a good one. Some travel, lots of swimming, good food from the garden, fun times with friends, ...

Love, life and mortality

I’ve just read a fascinating book for those of us who may fear Alzheimer’s disease and/or would like to be able to end our own lives if needs be. Three different people referred me to “In Lo...

Life isn’t always fair!

Sometimes, it feels unfair that, here we are in the last years of our lives, and the world situation is so terrible. Many of us have worked hard to finally get to these “golden years,” and n...

Millennials and boomers in dialogue

Having a conversation with some millennials (born 1981-’96, now ages 27 to 41) recently, I was struck by their thoughts about baby boomers, of which I am one. These people felt somewhat angr...

Recognizing older women and their wisdom

There are women in my life in their 80s and 90s. I am old, but these women are living my next step. I’m so grateful for their wisdom, insight and for my friendships with them. One teaches me...

The story of a death

A good friend has just had a fatal diagnosis. There it is, the moment we all dread, happening right now, today, to a dear friend. I think, surely it can be treated. She will go through some ...

Props for surgery, props for life

Recent foot surgery up in Denver has truly humbled me to the plight of disability and old age. I am home now with many weeks ahead of non-weight-bearing and getting around my house on a knee...