Many Baby Boomers today are filling the role of Care
Giver to an aging parent or aging parents. This is Claire Abel's
touching story as Care Giver to her mom, Anne.
My Mom Anne
by Claire Abel
My Mom, Anne, has lived with my
husband, Lyle, and me for the last 16 years. She was 87 when she
arrived, old in years, but not in spirit or her desire to live life.
That was nice for me because I could take her everywhere, shopping,
out to breakfast, lunch or dinner, out with friends, to concerts,
visiting friends at their homes and to church. She never said "no"
and loved getting out if just to ride in the car.
Loren Wade was born in
Winfield, Kan., on July 25, 1912, and has lived there his entire
life. He graduated from Winfield High School in 1930. His first job
was at 12 when he pulled weeds at a tree nursery, and he has worked
consistently ever since.
During his 88 years
in the workforce, Wade had many jobs that have helped keep Winfield
going. After graduation he made iron and aluminum castings. Then he
got a job at the Ford Garage, where he earned $12 for a 60-hour
workweek until the Depression hit. Then “if you could get a job, you
grabbed it,” so he drove a truck and ushered at the Nile Theater in
town. Before World War II and after he returned from 43 months in
the Air Force where he served in India and China, he worked for
Railway Express. He also had his own business laying carpet, sanding
floors, and installing ceramic tile and a couple of jobs with the
U.S. Postal Service. In 1983 he left his mail carrier job but was
not yet ready to retire. That is when he found employment at the
Winfield Walmart – where he has been ever since.
Over the years Wade has done a bit of everything at the store. He
had the privilege of meeting Sam Walton twice when he stopped by the
Winfield Walmart for a visit. Wade heard Walton say to a manager,
“Why don’t we have more guys like this working here?”
Today, Wade works 30 hours, five days a week. He
estimates he walks two or three miles a day doing his job, which
includes restocking, changing merchandise displays, working the cash
registers, and serving customers. He is currently assigned to the
pet supplies department. Not only is he knowledgeable about the
merchandise, he is a patient, pleasant, and conscientious employee.
Customers and fellow employees often say, “If you need something,
ask Loren; he will know where to find it.”
Wade is a role model in his community and to other older workers
because of his diligent work ethic and unstoppable desire to
continue to do the best possible job at whatever he is doing. To
him, age does not matter. Wade’s advice to people in the workforce
today: “Do a good day’s work for your pay.”
When not working, enjoying home life with his wife, or tending his
garden, Wade goes to rehearsals and performances with the Winfield
City Band; he’s played the saxophone for the past 79 years! Music
(and work) make him happy, but so does candy, especially chocolate
and various gummy things.
celebrates his 100th birthday on June 16, 2012. He is the beloved patriarch of his family. A retired economics
professor (Fairleigh Dickinson, Montclair State) and a respected
author and arbitrator, he is a consummate reader and is the "star" at
current affairs meetings at his retirement home.
Sydney loves to discuss world and domestic politics and his opinions
are valued and respected. His tireless intellectual curiosity and
sense of humor make him a role model for anyone and everyone over
the age of 75.
Census records set to be released
Includes details on 21 million American still
CRISTIAN SALAZAR, Associated Press, RANDY HERSCHAFT, Associated
Monday, April 2, 2012
1940 census records are released Monday, Verla Morris can consider
herself a part of living history.
Morris, who is in her 100th year, will get to
experience the novelty of seeing her own name and details about her
life in the records being released by the U.S. National Archives
online after 72 years of confidentiality expires.
“I’d be happy to see it there,” she said. “I don’t
think anything could surprise me, really.”
Morris is one of more than 21 million people alive in
the U.S. and Puerto Rico who were counted in the 16th federal
decennial census, which documents the tumultuous decade of the 1930s
transformed by the Great Depression and black migration from the
rural South. It’s a distinction she shares with such living
celebrities as Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman.
Ross D. Franklin/AP
When the 1940
census records are released Monday, Verla Morris, who will turn 100 later this year, will see her own name and details about her life in the records being released after 72 years of confidentiality expires, allowing her to find out more about her family tree.
has been working on her family history since 1969 and has written
six books on its branches, said census records were essential for
her genealogical work because oftentimes people don’t want to give
their personal information.
“Lots of times I just have to wait until maybe they
die,” she said. “Then I’ll have all their information.”
But census records, which include names, addresses and
— in the case of the 1940 census, income and employment information
— are rich with long-veiled personal details.
Morris, who turns 100 in August and was contacted
through the National Centenarian Awareness Project, said she was
working as a keypunch operator in Fairfield, Ill., when the 1940
census was taken. “I don’t remember them taking my census,” said
Morris, who lives in Chandler, Ariz.
While a name index will not be immediately available to
search, tens of thousands of researchers across the country are
expected to go on a monumental genealogical hunt this week through
the digitized records for details on 132 million people. Access to
the records will be free and open to anyone on the Internet. ...
Tuesday, February 14th, was Statehood
Day in Arizona, celebrating its centennial. One of the many events
commemorating Arizona's 100th birthday was the
Centenarian Brunch. As founder of the Phoenix-based National
Centenarian Awareness Project and member of the Governor's Arizona
Centennial Commission, Lynn Adler attended. See Slide Show to the
The Centenarian Brunch honored
individuals who are 100 years old or more this year and companies
and nonprofit organizations that have been in business in Arizona
for 100 years or more. Sixty-six Arizona centenarians were recognized at this Signature Centennial Event.
100 Years and Counting PHOENIX Magazine
By Jessica Testa
On the cusp of Arizona's Centennial [Feb 14, 2012], a Phoenix woman
is working to end age discrimination by celebrating Arizonans over
… Lynn Peters Adler, director of the National Centenarian
Awareness Project, moved to Arizona in 1984 from New York, where she
studied elder law at Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School
of Law. Advocating for the elderly was an interest that sprung up in
Adler's teenage years, when she watched her 60-something grandmother
struggle with age-related feelings of shame and marginalization.
"It seemed to me that older people became shunned by society,
and I thought that was wrong," Adler says. "We have so much to learn
- not just from centenarians, but from our elders. I always thought
it was a shame we don't take advantage of their presence in our
In Arizona, Adler saw an opportunity. "I caught the pioneer spirit,"
she says. "I thought I could really make a difference in this
In 1985, Adler secured a post on Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard's
Aging Services Commission, where she became chairwoman and remained
for three administrations. Under Goddard, she created the Phoenix
Centenarian Program, and then the Arizona Centenarian Program,
organizing the first of many statewide centenarian events.
In 1987, Adler was appointed to the Governor's Advisory Council
on Aging, representing the state in Washington, D.C., on National
Centenarian Day and working with the National Institute on Aging to
develop centenarian programs in each state.
In 1988, Adler conducted a survey of Arizona's 271 centenarians.
She recognized five traits that most centenarians seemed to share:
love of life (which included sense of humor and desire to
socialize), personal courage, a positive but realistic attitude, a
strong religious or spiritual belief, and the ability to "accept the
losses and changes that come with aging and not let it stop them,"
Adler says. She called these traits the "Centenarian Spirit."
"They don't sit around and worry about dying. They sit around
worrying about living," Adler says. "Most centenarians have lost
their spouses. Most centenarians have lost their friends. But
they're not quitters. They go on. To hear someone who's 103 say
they're enjoying every day of their life – there's nothing better
In 1989, based on the success of the Arizona programs and
inspired by the survey results, Adler launched the National
Centenarian Awareness Project, an organization based in Phoenix that
advocates for the recognition of elders as essential members of
society, nationwide. Adler, now in her 60s, has since written a
book. Centenarians: The Bonus Years; co-produced a PBS
documentary, Centenarians Tell It Like It Is; and introduced
centenarians to Barbara Walters for an ABC special.
"All my best friends are 100 and over. We go out for lunch and
we do things that people would do with any friend at any age," Adler
says. "Although they go to the gym more than I do." ...
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