Convening the future

When I was younger, I always wanted to jump ahead a generation. At 10, I dreamed of driving and steady boyfriends. At 20, in a Florence, Italy cafe, I journaled for hours about my worries and hopes for a career someday. As I age, I tend not to want to skip ahead so fast, but I still look forward to the next chapters in my life and the lives of my peers.

That's one reason I took the day off yesterday, swapping a work day to today to attend the Celebrate Life Expo at Spokane County's fairgrounds. It's filled with seminars, booths, entertainment geared mostly for the 65 and older set. So a generation ahead of mine, but the generation and its issues I am focusing more and more aging I track aging boomers into old age and beyond.

It's just getting started, but I am plotting out my day here. Hearing test? Bone scan? Square dancing demo at 2? But now, waiting for the fashion show to begin.

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Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.




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