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By: Tim Mitchell, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
Aging seems to sneak up on you like a ninja in the darkness of night. One day you look in the mirror and wonder who that wrin- kled face is staring back at you. But aging is
a delightful phenomenon when you put it in perspective. A wise person once said, “Do not regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many.” It’s unknown who that person was or at what age he or she came to this insightful realization, but the wisdom of this statement rings true to those who are embarking upon or are in the midst of the aging process.
We live in a day when those going through their golden years refuse to give up the things they love, which can be a grand objective if one is physically and mentally able to continue doing those things.
  true, while for others it doesn’t carry the same meaning. But it is worth noting a study by
the Pew Charitable Trusts, which found that among the baby boomers surveyed, most said they didn’t plan on retiring in a traditional sense. Instead, they said that they wanted to continue working, either in their existing job or in a new career.
coming, until her friends began noticing that Dorothy was forgetting about social get-to- gethers with the girls. This seemed very odd, so they began talking to John about their concerns. He then began recognizing similar patterns. After a number of medical tests, Dorothy was diagnosed with early onset dementia. Life suddenly stood still, and the brightness of their future together dimmed.
Everyone’s plan for their golden years is different. Some have planned well financially and have discretionary income to do whatever they please, while others live from month to month on Social Security income. The remain- ing seniors fall into various places between these two opposite ends of the retirement spectrum.
Unfortunately, there are no certainties in life and adjustments must be made. After much research, John did just that. He
adjusted their plans for the future and reached out to family, friends, neighbors, volunteers, and other members of their community to assist with Dorothy’s day-to-day needs and personal care. His primary priority became the care of his spouse and keeping her at home for as long as possible, but he knew he couldn’t do it alone.
  One of the greatest examples of this is in the music industry. Groups like the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Journey, Foreigner, and Chicago, to name a few, are still filling auditoriums around the world. Other artists such as Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffet, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Elton John, Steven Tyler, and Paul McCartney are still enjoying their profession and entertaining fans.
However, no matter what one’s socio-eco- nomic position may be, we all know that life has a way of taking various twists and turns, making many plans obsolete. What happens when your plan doesn’t go as planned? Many have had dreams of traveling during retire- ment, volunteering, working endlessly in their garden, playing golf, or spending loads of time with growing grandchildren. Retirement dreams are only limited by one’s imagination and their pocketbook. But unexpected events can sometimes get in the way. These events may come in the form of chronic illness, dis- ease, or a disabling mishap that may cause the best-laid plans to disintegrate in a short period of time. Many are robbed of their latter years by dementia or another debilitating condition. Then what?
John turned to Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. as part of his support system. There he found compassionate care to help him keep his beloved spouse at home and out of a nurs- ing home. She was able to attend the center during the day and enjoy the socialization
of other people as well as receive medical care and other services. He said, “Enrolling Dorothy at Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
The famous Cher once commented, “Some guy said to me, ‘Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock and roll?’ I said, ‘You’d better check with Mick Jagger.’” The words of the late writer and activist, Betty Frieden, echoed this sentiment of continuing life’s adventures when she said, “Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and growth.”
Dorothy was a very active individual who was nearing retirement age. She and her hus- band, John, had planned well for their retirement and the future looked very wel-
Maybe your golden years plans have taken an unexpected U-turn and you find yourself or a loved one in need of assistance. Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. may be able to
help. To learn more about how Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. can help you or your loved one, you may call (269) 441-9319 or visit
You’ve probably heard it said that 60 is the new 40. Is that true? Well, for some it may be
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