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Aging in rural America is tough in any case, but there are extra challenges for LGBTQ seniors.

Being out, old and rural

I grew up listening to stories about my colorful family: about Uncle Christian Wilhelm who went to Russia with Napoleon, great-great-great grandpa who fought in the American Civil War, my aunt Norma who made tiny toys and danced under the moon.

Photo contributed by Donna Steffens, Time and the Valleys Museum
Senior volunteers Debra Simpson, Barbara Purcell and Karl Becker help install an exhibition at Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, NY.

Taking on the next phase

It’s an old story about being old.

Suddenly, there’s all this extra time to fill. Your body is weird and doesn’t work the way it used to. It’s too easy to watch TV or surf online and wait for something to happen.

Photo provided by the Wayne County Historical Society

Looking Back

Although Philip Hone became a symbol of upper class New York City, his life began in 1780 as the younger son of a poor carpenter. At the age of 16, he joined his brother’s auctioneering business. By the time he was 35, it had made him a very wealthy man, enabling him to retire at the age of 41.

Understanding dementia

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life, weakening their thinking, remembering, reasoning and ability to care for one’s self. Dementia is not a disease, but rather a set of symptoms.

Photo contributed by Ellen Memorial
Kathy Gouldsbury, social services director at Ellen Memorial Healthcare Center

Making the transition easier

HONESDALE—Kathy Gouldsbury loves her job.

As director of social services at Ellen Memorial Healthcare Center in Honesdale, she’s responsible for much of the paperwork that keeps the place moving, but what makes her face light up is the people.



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