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    Posted November 21, 2012 by
    lew697
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    Tequesta, Florida
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    Aging Gracefully

     
    At 91 years old, I enjoy watching the world change, and I embrace the different stages life has to offer. I have seen Jupiter grow from a small, quiet town to a larger community. When I moved to Jupiter in 1982, everything used to close at 5 p.m. We would joke that Jupiter went to sleep at 5. We were a small town with 9,000 people, and now we have many more conveniences. Honestly, I prefer the Jupiter of today. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and I like being able to get what you need when you need it.

    I’ve experienced many other changes over the years, and I have learned to find new purpose. When my husband passed away 15 years ago, I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I would sit down at night and find comfort in eating. We’ve all probably done it at some point. Pie was my true friend those days. One day, I thought, ‘This is for the birds!’ I decided then, I had to discover a different pastime. I got a computer, and I haven’t looked back. It actually changed my life.

    I’ve gone through several computers over the past 15 years, but the real fun began after an electrical surge ruined my most recent one. I got an iPad. Wow! I love my iPad. I enjoy sitting in my apartment at Tequesta Terrace Assisted Living reading books on it, looking up everything I can imagine, playing solitaire, corresponding over email (I have a ton of messages), and taking videos of my friends. I think all seniors should have one. It is truly my lifeline. My iPad helps me keep up with what’s going on in the world, and it allows me to discover what’s popular. After all, I just finished reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I admit that I skipped a few parts, but I had to read it because it’s the thing to do.

    I know that I’m 91 and sometimes forgetful, but inwardly I feel more like 35 years old. The difference is that at 35 this time around, I approve of a lot of things I wouldn’t have approved of in my younger years. My granddaughter is living with her boyfriend, and I am fine with that decision. My generation would’ve frowned on that, but this is the modern way of doing things and we need to go with the flow.

    I look at aging as a chance to reinvent myself. Every day, I learn more about the world, the culture and the people around me. That is the beauty of living! I constantly try to strengthen my mind and embrace the new experiences that are waiting for me. The best is yet to come!

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