Shirley Weaver was born and raised in Minnesota. After serving in the military and getting her master’s and doctorate degrees, she moved to Maine. In the ensuing years, Shirl made a difference, not only in her community but also around the entire state of Maine. Now retired, she continues to make a difference in people’s lives. Listen to our conversation in this episode of Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health special series.
Listen to my conversation about aging with Shirley Weaver, 82
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Conversations About Aging airs every other Monday. My next conversation is with Leona Chasse, born January 4, 1924, in Cornish, Maine. After living in various places around the world, Leona came home to Cornish and lives there now. When I visited her, she showed me some really interesting memorabilia — her Navy uniform and the coconut she sent her mother from Pearl Harbor where she was stationed at the end of WWII. She also shared a story about her stint as a code girl during the war. At 95, her world is more limited than it used to be, but you’d never know it from her attitude about life.
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I so enjoyed her. Especially her observance of the way that we are treated as we get older. She was right on. It is a pet peeve of mine. I have a friend who is 104 and she warned me repeatedly how I would be treated as I aged. Just because I am 71 does not mean that I am suddenly deaf, helpless and incompetent . I cruise solo and I am capable of researching and booking my trips on line without a travel agent or help.
I appreciated your comment so much and your solo cruises sound exciting. I recently talked with a woman who is in her 80s and one of her businesses is taking groups to Ireland, which is where she was born. Her name is Ann Quinlan and her business is Spiral Journeys if you’re interested. BTW, you and I are the same age.