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Senior Issues

demicheleThis new column comes from Joanne DeMichele, who says of herself:"My most recent career was as a natural health practitioner and myofascial bodyworker. I have had a career in estate and financial planning, taxes, and have taught Reevaluation Counselling and Emotional Freedom Techniques. I have done Victim-Offender Mediation, a restorative justice program designed to resolve conflict and keep youth out of the prison system by giving them the opportunity to resolve their conflicts face to face.

Seniors have been a major part of my life and careers. My interest in senior issues began 40 years ago. As an estate planning paralegal and financial planner, I had many opportunities to help widows and widowers through the paperwork and other new challenges facing them. As a natural health practitioner, I worked with adults and seniors interested in healthy aging.

As I face my 69th birthday, I am troubled by cutbacks in senior services when programs for aging adults are more necessary than ever.

People 65 and older have become the largest percentage and fastest-growing group in the United States. Baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are becoming seniors at a rate of 10,000 people each day.