The purpose of this column is to share ideas and information about some of the challenges that go with aging. Often ideas come from information in scholarly publications. Sometimes readers add valuable ideas. However, this time the column comes from a current personal experience — my own.

Most of us who can be called seniors know about the danger of falls that can cause major pain. In my case, it was a fall where I landed on my knee caps. The result was several days in the hospital and a few weeks in an assisted living facility without access to my files and my computer.

I measure the appropriateness of a column’s content by its timeliness. Armistice Day on Nov. 11 passed while my knees healed. With aging, it is not unusual to fall behind on the calendar and its tasks. Armistice Day passed me by. That date, which ended World War I in 1918, held important memories for my dad and is part of “Dusty’s War,” my dad’s book that I helped him publish this year.

Those days away from home produced a bit of new wisdom that I wished I’d learned sooner. The advice: Provide keys to your home or apartment to nearby children or best friends. An extra set of keys can save extra hours and unneeded challenges.

I promise timely publication of future columns. The next one will focus on new information and the wisdom I’ve gained from readers. Send me your comments — negative as well as positive — and I’ll try to stand on both feet and write my column on time.

Stories for Positive Aging is a semi-monthly column on senior issues written by Lake Oswego resident Ardis Stevenson, author of “Facing Age, Finding Answers” and “Dusty’s War.” She can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by regular mail at 17440 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

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