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Guest Writers Blog

This blog presents the ideas and creative thinking of some of Utah's talented older adult writers. Their submissions are to inform and entertain, not to present policy or opinion positions of the Utah Commission on Aging.  Enjoy. 

Creating Moments of Joy Along the Alzheimer's Journey

Creating Moments of Joy by Jolenne Brackey

What better time than now to discover more than 100 ways to bring more joy into your life and the lives of those you love and care for who are in any stage of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. I enthusiastically recommend this book whenever I get the chance. This is my chance to recommend it to you.

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When it Comes to Life's Challenges, Innovation Wins out Every Time.

I’m finding that aging with a disability is one tough deal. We all slow down as we age, because we lose neurons in our spinal cord, which according to my physiatrist, is a “normal” part of the aging process. The problem is, I have fewer working neurons to begin with due to my spinal cord injury, so age is hitting me hard.

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The Music is Still There

when words fail music speaks

When the world shut down in March of 2020, for a while live music stopped, too. Those who were in the business of making music for a living no longer had an audience to play for, an orchestra to play in or to conduct, a Broadway Musical or a church to sing in, a concert tour to go on, performers to write music for.

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False Assumptions about Gray Hair, Hearing Aids and Memory

Hearing Aids

I stopped coloring my hair because I was tired of spending the time and the money on doing it, and because I didn’t think I was fooling anyone about my true age. It was a sudden change from one week to the next.

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Thinking of Getting an E-Bike? Let's Talk About That.


With warmer weather and dry roads springing up everywhere, I’m seeing a ton of people out on bikes. It’s great. I’m a cyclist from way back. I was able to keep riding even after breaking my neck. There’s nothing better than spinning along the road on two wheels—or heading up a mountain trail, if you have the strength and balance. The scenery, the wind in the face, the endorphins are all to be enjoyed.

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Last Updated: 11/18/21