Resident Blog: Introducing Betty Ago

Where do I begin? Blog? Origin of the word is from Web Log whose ancient origins are diaries or journals. Some of the old ones became famous (Samuel Pepys). Most of them are lost to time. Were they meant only to communicate with one’s self or eventually to be shared? Is that the difference between a diary and a journal?

The pink diary that I got as a gift when I was a teenager had a lock on it. The lock did not look very secure, so I never used it. On the other hand, blogs are meant to be shared. There is no question about that.

I do find that as I age, I have become more retrospective. The friends that I have made here in my CCRC say the same has happened to them. If I had kept a diary, perhaps I would be reading it now-maybe even sharing it. That is one of the best things about my new lifestyle – the sharing.

My previous lifestyle (let’s call it BGO – Before Getting Old – as opposed to AGO – After Getting Old) was much more solitary. I always enjoyed the quiet after the bustle at work, the focused problem solving at a PTA meeting, the noise of traffic, the back-and-forth of child chatter, and certainly the strained politeness of a mandatory social gathering.

My husband has always been a quiet man, so we could enjoy being quiet together. Now, we have both become much more sociable. The quiet conversations in the Atrium (our community gathering spot) or the Village Green (outdoor gathering spot) are a musical background when we pass by. More important, they are most enjoyable when we join in. We do not have to do this together as we often pursue different interests. I’m in the book club. My husband plays chess. It’s all good.

Betty Ago



Betty is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale entry fee communities. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.

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