How would you like to raise your children in a log cabin in the Maine woods? With no electricity? A wood stove for heat. A wood stove for cooking. Sue Hoyt did it.

Today, Sue lives in a small apartment in the city of Bangor — with electricity, heat, and running water. At 73, she is now retired but hardly ever sits still.

The word that kept coming to mind during my conversation with Sue is giver. She gave it her all when she made a life for herself and her family in the woods. She did the same when she went back to college in her late 40s and became a social worker. She continues giving as a volunteer — for two organizations that benefit older people.

You will understand what I mean when you listen to our conversation.

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Organizations Sue mentioned

Who’s next?

Conversations About Aging airs every other Monday. My next conversation is with Sue’s 100-year-old client and dear friend Lavon.

If you have any suggestions for people I should consider interviewing or you’re aware of a helpful aging resource in your community, let me know. In addition to the podcast, I intend to blog about what various communities, organizations, and individuals are doing to provide age-friendly services, support, and connection here in Maine. The best way to get in touch is to send me an email. Thank you!

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