Meet Mayr Boros

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.

14 thoughts on “Meet Mayr Boros

  1. Hi Marilyn,

    Don’t know if you remember me from the good old Red Line days, but I saw your face aging blog and wanted to say “Hi”. I work for LeadingAge MN so if you are ever near our office, stop by.

    All the Best!

    Rick Lazzari

    1. Rick! Of course I remember you and all of the great work we did at Redline. That was such a good company to work with. I enjoyed all of my years there. And the training department was top notch! Yes, it would be fun to stop by and say “Hi” to you. I will try to do that within the next few months. Hope all is well with you and your family. Mayr 🙂

      1. I’m Laurie Otherness. Our mothers were in the same bridge club and they each were excellent at sewing our wardrobes. I worked with your younger sister at Macy’s until the liquidation. I knew it was you when I saw your photo, I have a photo of you and me on the school playground.

  2. Hi Mayr!
    Welcome to †he club! I am now 78 and have finally realized how necessary it is to match the pace of my desires with the pace of my body! I have found that taking time to slow down has improved my enjoyment of life immensely.
    Also tracing the labyrinth I made with you has given me a great exercise in mindfulness!
    Thank you for your friendship and for adding me to your post!

    1. Hi Kathie:
      You are always so energetic and fully engaged in whatever you do.
      Yes, the “mindfulness” approach to things is helpful for me, as well.
      So glad you are enjoying the labyrinth you made.

  3. Hi Mayr! Really enjoyed your article. It is much better to embrace your stage in life rather than fight against it!! Did you by chance work at MN Masonic Home of Bloomington at one time? You look so familiar and your name rings a bell. Thanks again for a positive article on a topic that is all too often negatively represented!! I’m 56, LOUD AND PROUD!!!! Take care.

    1. Hi Karen:
      Yes, I worked at Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington.
      The team of dietitians and nurses I worked with were top notch. We had so much fun, and they were instrumental in my recovery from “all my cancers.”
      Let me know what creative endeavors you might be up to these days.

  4. Mayr: How nice to see your post on Facing Aging, MN. My father used to say that growing old is not for sissies. Now I know what he meant. I turned 70 last year and I am having a little trouble getting my head around that. Mentally, I just don’t feel that old. Physically, its another story. I try to stay engaged in life, and I think I am doing a pretty good job of that. As you know, I am a realtor, and I enjoy doing what I do. I think I do a pretty good job for my clients. Helping people with the largest transaction they are likely to become involved in is very gratifying. Keep up the good work. Keep following your heart and good things will come your way.

  5. Jeff:
    OK, readers. Jeff was my realtor in my second downsize. And, no, I did not ask him to post something here! 🙂 He and his wife were awesome and not only helped with the financial transaction, but with some of the angst I had about moving into a smaller place. Anyone else downsizing? How is it going?
    Jeff, hope all is well with you and your family. I love the “staying engaged” thought. My father had similar thoughts and never fully retired. He just needed to “walk the land” he helped sell. (He was also a realtor, and sold lots of farms, fields, etc.) Maybe he knew something about the healing power of nature?

  6. Hello again, Mayr,

    It was lovely to meet you this morning in the shop. i just wanted to let you know how much i enjoyed your writing here about your first steps acclimating to the aging process that we all face but don’t seem to take seriously until we’re labeled “senior” and/or are suddenly faced with physical limitations that mystify us. we’re lucky to be part of the baby-boomers who grew up questioning the status quo; we’re setting new standards for health and wellness and aging on our own terms.

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