As some readers have already discovered, The Times is discontinuing publication of The New Old Age blog. I join many of you in disappointment — but, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of its death have been exaggerated.
The blog, founded in 2008 by Jane Gross and anchored by me since 2009, has explored aging and caregiving from a variety of perspectives: medical decision-making, housing and long-term care, government policies, the latest geriatrics research, end-of-life choices, the personal rewards and headaches of caring for aging loved ones.
Our posts, and those of other contributors, served as springboards for what really distinguished The New Old Age: people who had walked the walk chimed in to agree or debate with the writer, offered information and suggestions (and the occasional jibe) to other readers, told their own stories. We have been a kind of online support group, one it has been a pleasure and an honor to facilitate.
About the Author
I grew up in a large family that was part of an extended family business, married into another one (deja vu), and I’m the mother of an incredible and resilient college student. I kept leaving and returning to the Midwest as I worked in varying areas as a riding instructor, in advertising and real estate, as CEO of a not-for-profit association, as a sales and marketing troubleshooter for a corporate organization in senior living, and eventually as an independent consultant. Interests include being a longtime horsewoman and animal lover, plus being a political aficionado who finds the ‘democratic’ process both fascinating and frustrating, especially as to how it affects those who are at a disadvantage socially, medically and financially. Now that I’m officially in the “older” category (where the starting age for entry is a moving target), hopefully, my background and observations will provide some insight to others.