Growing old in Model with Lori Williams – Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound

In November 2019, we traveled to Louisiana to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday. As I hugged and kissed her goodbye, I never imagined that we were on the verge of a global pandemic and it would be over a year before I saw her again.

I work in senior life and I know firsthand how much pain and loss so many have experienced from the effects of COVID. Not only the heartache for the deceased, but also the precious time we lost with our mothers and fathers through the quarantine. Last year, Mother’s Day was full of uncertainty about the future and separation from those we love. Finding the silver lining is difficult, but I think for myself and for others we now have a greater appreciation for the time we spend with our families.

I finally saw my mother last month. We pledged my brothers to secrecy and made the 10 hour drive to my mother’s house. To say she was shocked to find me on her doorstep is an understatement. Hugging my mother after almost a year and a half was one of the happiest moments of my life.

Fortunately, Mother’s Day looks closer to normal this year. In our plans to celebrate mom, let’s remember those who lost their mothers and mothers who are still here physically but are lost to their families due to dementia. Although we mourn her loss, we can still celebrate and honor her memory.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Lori Williams is the owner of Lori Williams-Senior Services, LLC and hosts the Aging in Style podcast with Lori Williams. Contact Lori at 214-783-1222 or www.loriwilliams-seniorservices.com.

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New Colorado greeting card line celebrates growing old | Arts & Leisure

Make it your 30th birthday and chances are you’ll receive a card with black balloons telling you it’s going downhill from there.

What couldn’t be further from the truth, says the Denver anti-ageism group, which is changing the narrative. The campaign is particularly frustrated with the racks of greeting cards that perpetuate the idea that the older you get, the worse you feel: deafness, forgetfulness, crabs. Ageism isn’t funny, however, the campaign says. It’s harmful.

“I was looking for one for a friend and there was a picture of a woman in a tracksuit bending over and saying you know you can get too old if you can get a mammogram and a pedicure at the same time,” he said Campaign manager Janine Vanderburg says.

“All the scenes are grumpy and everything hurts. This is not real life. If you look around, a lot of us do cool things. The narrative is very different from the reality. “

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Last year, the campaign announced a competition for Colorado artists to create greeting cards that celebrate aging, rather than the all-too-familiar narrative that revolves around decline, depression, loneliness, and addiction. The result is 23 new $ 6 cards that can be purchased online at changethenarrativeco.org/ Anti-Ageist Birthday Cards.

And with the resurgence of greeting cards, Vanderburg says, perhaps due to people unable to see their friends and family during the pandemic, the field was ripe for entry. According to the website greetingcard.orgAmericans buy approximately 6.5 billion greeting cards each year, with annual retail sales ranging from $ 7 billion to $ 8 billion. Nine out of ten households buy greeting cards every year.

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The mandala design by Colorado Springs artist Heather McKinnon adorns one of the cards. Inside her text reads: “Give yourself permission to expand like the mandala. With every year and every additional shift, your gift to the world grows. Best wishes for your greatest year yet. Happy Birthday.”

The campaign message resonated with McKinnon, a former website creator who left the workforce in her thirties to raise children and cure breast cancer. When she tried to find a job in her forties, her skills were out of date and she decided to log out. At 50, she tried again. No luck.

It was at this point that she decided to give in to her creative urge to paint mandalas. Mandala means circle in Sanskrit and is a geometric configuration of symbols. She was delighted when she found a mandala-painted stone from the 719 Rocks! Art project that encouraged people to paint stones and hide them around the 719 area code for others to find.

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Her dot mandala work is now hanging in the Art 111 gallery and she will have a new show at Springs Restaurant 503W in February.

“I can do this until I’m 100. Nobody looks at people and says they are too old to make art. I wrote a little essay about how much this really set me free at this time of my life, but it’s unfortunate that doors are closed, ”said McKinnon of the essay she submitted to the competition.

“I still feel like 20 in my head. I’m still sharp enough to get any work done. “

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