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It takes a village: Creatively aging in place

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The Aging in Place Task Force issued a final report in January 2008, and it was endorsed by the Davidson Town Board. Click to download (PDF).


commentaryIn 2007, Davidson formed the Aging in Place Task Force assess present and future needs of our seniors. After a year, the group submitted its findings and recommendations to the Mayor and Town Board in January 2008 in the Aging in Place Task Force Final Report. Though unable to provide any financial assistance, the Town Board endorsed the report. (See, Jan. 8, 2008, “Aging task force offers a wish list.”)

After the task force’s presentation, it became clear that the work needed to continue. The issues were too important to its current and future seniors. A committee was formed from interested members of the Task Force and continues today as The Davidson Committee on Aging, recognized by the Town of Davidson. One of the measurements of an effective community is its commitment to all. We are pleased that the Town of Davidson has always shown such a commitment and continues to recognize our efforts.

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Valuing our village elders

Jan Blodgett of Davidson offers the latest in a series of articles about issues facing seniors as they try to “age in place.” The series is presented in cooperation with the Davidson Committee on Aging.


commentaryAs a college town, Davidson’s population has always tended to have a younger slant. The census of 1850 showed 88 children under the age of eighteen
, 73 adults between the ages of 18 and 49
 and only 18 adults over age 50. Now, 160 years later, the 2010 census shows a similar breakdown, with 2,580 under the age of 17, 6,145 between 18 and 54, and 2,114 over the age of 55 (with only 941 over the age of 65).

Despite the relatively low numbers, senior citizens have been an important and integral part of the town. Retirement rarely meant ending their social and civic work. Read the full story

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Senior Center starts next chapter at new NC 115 home

Joanne Ahern

Joanne Ahern

N. Mecklenburg Senior Center Director

We are very grateful to the River Church for housing us in Cornelius for the last four years. They got us started on our journey and helped us get our feet on the ground as we came together as a senior center. We will never forget our first location and the memories that were made there.

Our new home is the Solid Rock Christian Church, 16601 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. They have been very Read the full story

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Navigating the joys and stresses of the holiday season


commentaryAre you entering this holiday season with eager anticipation, feeling too busy or tired or even a little blue? As a senior, you have more holiday celebrations to remember, maybe more family members for whom to shop; more stories to share; and more cards to send. Changes in your life this year may also necessitate alternate ways of celebrating. A move to a new apartment or retirement community, the death of a spouse, events in your family (marriage, divorce or relocation) and even health and financial constraints are among the changes that may impact your feelings about the holidays and even your planning ( or not planning) for them. Read the full story

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Remembering Francine Walshin, 1932-2011

Fran Walshin

Fran Walshin

editor's note bugI am sorry to report that our “Young at Heart” columnist Fran Walshin passed away Tuesday at the age of 79. Fran had written for this page since March 2010, shortly after she approached me with a crazy idea: At age 77 she wanted to take up blogging.

Fran was an inspiration, full of energy and optimism. She was an advocate of tackling problems head-on, not avoiding them. And she wasn’t afraid to try new things. Read the full story

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The finish line of life

Cheryl Pletcher

Cheryl Pletcher (David Boraks/

Why a ‘comfort care’ home is the goal of a new local organizing campaign


As a hospice nurse, much time and effort is spent with a family to identify what is important as the end of a life draws near. Working in this sacred phase of life is a blessing beyond compare. The territory is uncharted for the person who is on the journey, and often for the family as well. And so, I serve as a guide as well as nurse and comforter.

Some events in life are given great time and thought in preparation, such as weddings and the birth of a child. The finish line of life seems to loom as an unexpected and unwelcome part of the race of life whether your age is young or old. Like any vacation journey, there is always a time to return home. Read the full story

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