A key role of the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is to provide the community with information and resources. Our Info-Line for Aging and Disability can field upwards of 40 calls a day on a variety of topics. This column seeks to share answers to some common questions received. If you have a question, feel free to contact the Info-Line at 800-654-2810.

Ralph and Minnie have spent most of their lives together and they intend to keep it that way. Now ages 97 and 95, Ralph met the lovely Minnie in the 1930s and they married in the summer of 1940. Ralph spent his career with a local corporation and Minnie worked in the home raising their children. When we met them, Minnie was in a nursing home and Ralph was determined to bring her back to live with him in their own home.

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength." Betty Friedan

The current growth in the older adult population is unprecedented in our nation’s history. Ten thousand Americans turn sixty-five every day. By 2030 one out of five people in the U.S. will be 65-plus. Three factors - aging baby boomers, lower birthrates, and a longer life-span - will combine to grow the number of Americans aged 65 years or older to 72 million in the next 15 years – doubling the 65-plus population of 2010.

Twenty-five years ago Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, inspired us with, “OH! The places you’ll go!” Schools everywhere are celebrating Dr. Seuss and other amazing children’s authors in March during National Reading Month. I don’t need a calendar to remind me to read, but I’ll use any excuse I can. And, oh the places I’ve been! On a recent vacation I read six books. That may not seem like a vacation to everyone, but for me it was a slice of heaven.

Tomorrow is Presidents’ Day. Or is it?

Most federal holidays are pretty clear. You can find the ten official holidays listed at archives.gov. You can also be fairly certain you know what we celebrate on those days.

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