Life From This Point

A Blog About Retirement & Aging

June 21, 2018
by Janet Holt
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A New View of Retirement

My husband, Mike, taught and coached in public schools for more than 30 years. The day he retired was a carefully planned event. The kids lined the hallways for a ceremonial farewell and his colleagues all wished him well. Exit. Finito.  Continue Reading →

September 8, 2017
by Janet Holt
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Furry Family Members

I am from Houston and have many friends and family there so I’ve been glued to news reports about Hurricane Harvey.  Many pictures show people wading through waist-deep water clutching their pets. I saw one woman floating with her poodle on an air mattress and a man carrying his large dog across his shoulders.  I was so relieved to see the valiant rescuers making room in their boats and trucks for the animals.  Those of us who love our pets consider them family members.  I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it would be to have to leave them behind. Continue Reading →

September 1, 2017
by Janet Holt
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8 Things to Remember When Someone You Love is Grieving

In our youth obsessed culture we don’t talk much about death even though it is something 100% of us face.  Many of us die in hospitals or nursing homes, removed from view.  Even the word “death” is sanitized.  Instead of saying someone has died, we say that person has “passed away” or “departed.”  As a result of our avoidance and discomfort with the subject, we are often profoundly unprepared to aid people we love when they are grieving the death of a loved one. Here are some things to keep in mind. Continue Reading →

May 9, 2017
by Janet Holt
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Celebrating Mother’s Day Anna’s Way

I was standing in a checkout line when I heard a man talking loudly on his cell phone. “Remind me never to come shopping with my mother again!” he was complaining to his hapless listener. I looked around and saw the elderly woman who was the subject of his diatribe. She was moving slowly and dawdling over her selections as he stood scowling and impatiently tapping his foot. I felt a rush of compassion for her and hoped she hadn’t heard his boorish comments. I wondered what he had to do that was so important and thought how much I would give to have the chance to go shopping with my mother again. Continue Reading →

February 23, 2017
by Janet Holt
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How My Mom’s Alzheimer’s Gave Me the Job of My Dreams

I knew I was in a world of trouble when I flew up to visit my elderly mother who lived 700 miles away. I was a Case Manager in Rehabilitation. My job involved coordinating care for people with various disabilities and I noticed changes in Mom that sent up all the red flags. I was an only child. What was I going to do?  I had a job and career 700 miles away. . .

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