Aging well,  Blair Memorial Library in Clawson,  Change and challenge

“Aging with Grace & Courage” discussion and journaling group

“When it comes to aging, women are held to a different standard than men. Some guy recently said to me: ‘Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock ‘n’ roll?’ I said: ‘You’d better check with Mick Jagger.’ ” ~Cher

Last year, I coached a journaling workshop that focused on aging topics such as facing retirement, finding new purpose, rebooting our social lives, maintaining optimism — and so much more. We also discussed the challenges and roadblocks we face in our senior years. (We’re never too old to rock ‘n’ roll, as Cher points out.)

The workshop inspired a new spin-off program — an informal aging support group that meets monthly at Clawson’s Blair Memorial Library. The new program combines journaling exercises with group discussion — because we all benefit from sharing our ideas and experiences.

This new group meets every third Monday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 in the evening. This program is free to the public, but space in the conference room is limited. To reserve your space, please phone the Blair Memorial Library: 248-588-5500. 

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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