Ah, the defining moments of life. Like the time I realized I needed to move out of my parents’ house. And the time I knew who I wanted to marry. These and other defining moments arrived, mostly unannounced, and sometimes left me feeling a bit surprised and even fearful. That’s how I feel about becoming one of the 60,000 Minnesotans who turn 65 every year from now through at least 2030.
Hi. My name is Mayr Boros and I’m almost a senior citizen. I realize I am powerless to stop the tracks of time that have added another year to my life every year since 1954. I was thinking that it might be a good idea to face this aging thing head on. It’s time to admit that I need some type of strategy as I get older.
I’m a single, almost empty nester-mom working as a Dietitian in the Transitional Care/Long Term Care industry. I’m an artist and could spend all day sewing or painting, if it wasn’t for some of those pesky responsibilities- like laundry, washing dishes, cleaning out the cat box, etc.
I don’t know about you, but I want to age well. I realize nature will have its way with me, but if I can learn about the issues and of course, some of the resources that our local community and great state has to offer, maybe it won’t be so bad. And maybe I can help fight against some of the stereotypes of aging that I just don’t want to talk about, at least not yet. And I could even define this moment as one of adventure instead of fear. But first, I have to work on the quilt I’m hoping will hang in a local Eagan church. Then, maybe I’ll find the time to face aging.
Marilyn (Mayr) Boros, RDN, LD lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.