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Senior Momentum by Zoë Tummillo

Zoë Tummillo writes from the perspective of a person with a wealth of experience that she wants to share with readers. You can email her


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2019-11-27Nov 27, 2019

It might seem a simple thing to select a gift for an elder, but it’s probably a good idea to pause and have some second thoughts before you buy something special. Consider some of the typical “adjustments” that many elders must make as years advance.  Smaller living quarters, fewer furnishings, and appliances such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs are just a few.

2019-08-27Aug 27, 2019
2019-08-27Aug 27, 2019

September’s Song is that fleeting melody we remember,like a lover’s kiss on an old Autumn evening when you felt the first chilly breeze; and I think October is here!  The Harvest is nearing an end, and a hint of hot, spiced coffee drifts from the person you just passed on the sidewalk.

2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019

At times, it feels like sight impaired.  It’s not that I actually can’t see. Seeing clearly has become so much more vital — and that clarity is linked to the filter game I now must more carefully implement while watching the news and listening to the political static.  (You know the one I mean: True or False?)  In my safe and peaceful place in a forest full of innocent wildlife, it seems like some foreign tableau moving across my TV or iPhone screen!  It’s not.  It’s my country, my government, my news...

2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019

My friends and family will probably nod their heads and roll their eyes knowingly!   There is no denying that another envelope will no doubt land in their mail, soon, with something I decided needed to be “shared.” Whether it is just something amusing, enlightening, politically significant, a new archeological discovery, or something I hope might influence a point of view – I just can’t help clipping.   

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