Thanking the village that built the Village

"Rona, you're nothing but a public leaning post!" That was my mother after the gazillionth stranger began telling me his story while waiting at a crosswalk. Or maybe it was in a store, or on a subway, or in a movie line. Since I was nine years old, everywhere I went, people would tell me their … [Read more...]

Maybe it’s just wishful thinking

“To make the world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time.” This is the grand vision of the TWILIGHT WISH FOUNDATION: turning seniors' wishes, unfulfilled dreams, and experiences they've always yearned for into reality. “We have a lack in our country of showing those who have paved the … [Read more...]

It’s A Wonderful Strife!

A colleague of mine claimed that he’s talked me down off the ledge so many times in the past couple of years that I should stay there.  At least,” he joked, “We would know where to find you!” Hey, I had my ledge.  George Bailey had his bridge.  We all have our own toes-over-the edge … [Read more...]

Low-income Seniors move into new homes in Santa Ynez

Low-income Seniors move into new homes in Santa Ynez   SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - A new housing community has opened its doors to 60 senior citizens in need. The seniors moved into the the Rona Barrett Foundation Golden Inn & Village in Santa Ynez in early December. Barrett worked on the … [Read more...]

Low-income Seniors move into new homes in Santa Ynez

Low-income Seniors move into new homes in Santa Ynez SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - A new housing community has opened its doors to 60 senior citizens in need. The seniors moved into the the Rona Barrett Foundation Golden Inn & Village in Santa Ynez in early December. Barrett worked on the … [Read more...]

Help Santa get a grip!

Everybody, sing! “Up on the housetop slip, crash, crawl, Poor ol’ Santa took a fall …” No doubt someone ran an extension cord to string lights and forgot to secure the cord. What a nightmare before Christmas for the tripped up little old driver who will no longer be so lively and … [Read more...]

Golden Inn and Village residents moving in this month

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Alzheimer’s Association Event; Montecito Miscellany

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The last thing I want to do

A question has been bugging me: Why is it that at this point in our lives, the first section we turn to in the newspaper is the obituaries? I'm dying to know. Seriously, my close-in-age friends testify to reading the obits as religiously as others check the box scores or stocks. My friends and … [Read more...]

Better read than dead

At our age, anything that promises to add more years to our lives catches our attention. A magazine article that caught my eye proved book readers live an average of almost two years longer than those who do not read books. Like most of you, I keep books on my shelves that I revisit as I do … [Read more...]