Susan in Berlin
Successful Aging

Aging Well

Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State, passed away on March 23rd at age eighty-four.  She came to the U.S. as a Czech refugee at age eleven.  An extraordinary woman and an inspiration, she was celebrated by many dignitaries in a memorial service last week.

While I don’t aspire to be Secretary of State, I do have my own role model for successful aging. Until she passed away at age ninety-nine about a year ago, this extraordinary mother of a friend never complained.  She was cheerful and positive despite having lost one son to AIDS and having a second son diagnosed with early Parkinson’s Disease.

She had friends of all ages, including me.  For some reason, she would send Peter and me a gift Thanksgiving package every year. One time, she did allow me to take her to lunch.

I miss my role model. 


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If I can remain alert and vital, reaching 99 would please me. We have a friend who just accomplished this and she is marvelous. Definitely my role model.

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