Who am I?  My name is Mary Wark and I have chosen Frederick, Maryland to age in place. In 2013 I started thinking about life after retirement and made a series of personal decisions about my ambitions for the future. Top on my list was writing, so I started my info/attitude  blog on how boomers and older seniors can find ways to stay in their homes as they age. I read/researched over a dozen sources on healthy aging,  affordable housing issues, the looming crisis of Alzheimer’s,  financial pitfalls and grind it up in a weekly blog that looks at aging in place from the perspective of someone actually doing it.  More recently I have added fiction writing to my list of ambitions. On November 5, 2019 I will be releasing my novel Days of Future Found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other outlets. It also has to do with aging but in a different speculative view.  Find out more at https://silverreads.com.

Second, my goal was to teach, and I  am now part of a series at Frederick Community College , ILR program (Institute for Learning in Retirement) and offer a very hands on look at the home safety, costs and important issues if you are striving to stay independent at home.  This November 1 will be teaching my next class on Staying Independent in your Home at FCC.  Each semester is somewhat different as the trends and focus on AIP changes.

And finally I wanted to participate in an active way in my new community.  I also currently serve on the Senior Services Advisory Board and the Living Well in Place sub committee.

As far as my credentials,  I obtained my CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) certification as of 2014.  I  held a CRC certification (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) for over 40 years. That means working primarily with vocational issues for the disabled.  I left my LPC credential (Licensed Professional Counselor) behind in another state. At this point with a Masters in Counseling I would rather coach than counsel.

So why did I start this website? It is because I believe that as boomers turn from the youngest of the older population to perhaps the largest “true elderly” demographic there will be unique challenges.  The longevity economy says they know what we need and want to sell it to us. As we stubbornly try to age in place by choice or necessity in huge numbers, we should be able to share our goals and network for our own benefit. Information in the blog can be helpful as people make their decisions about where to spend the rest of your life at home or elsewhere.  

You can always ask questions  through the contact button or email me directly at talktomary@waystostay.org . or directly to mkwark@comcast.net

So if you are just here to read my take on getting older and staying put, I hope you enjoy my blog. As time goes on I hope folks will feel comfortable enough to connect with me and the other readers of this website.   

Any which way – Welcome to your website!