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Celebrating 60 with the Beatles

Margie Heller calebrated her 60th birthday this way:

I didn't make a big deal out of my 60th. Turning 50 had been scary for me; I'd had a big party then so friends could help me get through it. But this year I turned 64. I've always loved the Beatles' song, “When I'm Sixty-four,” and so I sent out invitations to everyone I could think of reading “Will you still need me, will you still feed me?” So many friends came (bringing potluck dishes) that there was hardly any room to park! Someone brought copies of the song words, so we all sang along to the recording. It was so much fun! Remembering how cute and quaint this song seemed when I was 30, I could hardly believe that I'd actually made it to 64.

My one regret was that my husband, who needed and often fed me for 35 years, could not be there — he died of cancer three years ago.

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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