Portrait Joselyn Winslow


In this country, old is almost pejorative. Uh, and, and, and, you know, people look, they, they, they seem to act like people when they're old, they're not worth anything. Whereas if you're older, you're on a path and, and, and you still have opportunity to contribute. So I really never had, I've never looked on depth as being a problem. I've always looked on it as just being a transit. My, my big interest in life is, is, um, having reached the age of 90, uh, that ha how do you slide out of life? Um, because life has been grand and now I want to have a good desk, but I just think being positive and finding positive ways to approach things is so much easier than being native. I guess I just, I just always lived everyday is as today, my one grandmother died when I was about 12 or 13 and she had had, um, she had had heart trouble and she came to live with us and I got sent to the tulip. Um, we were in a little apartment building, but there were maids rooms on the top floor. And so I got sent up there and I came down one morning and they said she's died. And that was kind of, um, and, and then my, my grandfather has. Uh, who had died? My grandfather lived on his own and, um, one of his cousins came and basically kept house and they managed, uh, he had dinner and he got up and walked from the table and sat down in the living room, started rocking in a half an hour later. He was dead. So that to me is kind of an ideal situation. Our daughter's a nurse and she lives in Oak Harbor and, and she is very aware of my attitude. So she, because she's a nurse and, and, um, not hard hearted, but very professional. She's my first choice as, as a personal representative. I do why exercises at the five days a week. And I walk in and I, I mean, I think my responsibility is to stay healthy. I definitely don't want to die in the hospital. And I, this is, you know, I have as Marino, I have this chart that talks about what does it matter to be age-friendly and dying. And, and, and it's just, um, I just, I want to do my part to be. Able to be as, as healthy as I am. And when I stopped being healthy, I just, I just assumed check out. We've got an elevator in the building and if you're not careful, you can push the button that says help, help. Typically, typically people have a bag of groceries or something in there and they push the elevator and they get off the elevator and then the emergency person calls and nobody answers. And so I'm the one that gets to go out and see who's lying dead in the elevator so far. No, one's been there. Otherwise they'd have to send an emergency people. So that's one of my most valuable. Actually my favorite spot is just stretched out on the bed and you can take an afternoon nap. And before I take an afternoon nap, I read something that, um, is, is going to stimulate my brain like silk roads or the other book that I got recently was one I really dearly love, which is our common purpose. Um, and, and this is the one that's put out by the American academy of arts and sciences. And this is just talking about. What's what's wrong with our democracy right now and how can we fix it? So I really enjoy that. Um, and then in the evening, um, I read books for fun and, and typically mysteries, you start to realize when you're healthy and you're doing well, and you've reached the age of 80, that, that, um, you're not going to live forever and I've never. I've never looked at death as being a problem. I just looked at it. Actually. I've thought that, you know, one of the wonderful things about death is you don't have to pack ahead of time. You know, this is a real blessing because when you put your, tried to go on other trips, you have to really get to work on.