Conversations About Aging: Wayne, 64

You know that Beatle’s song When I’m 64? Well, Wayne is there and he’s still very much needed. Only he didn’t feel that way when he was searching for a job recently. After living in Portland, Oregon for several years, he and his partner Kim decided to return to Maine three years ago. He worked for a large hospital system in Oregon and while he might not have expected to find a similar position back home, finding any at all was a challenge. We talked about that challenge and several other topics, including squirrels and bird feeders.

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A few pictures

Wayne's bird feeders

Wayne’s bird feeders

Wayne and Oliver
Wayne and Oliver

Wayne with Kim and his brother and sister-in-law
Wayne, Kim, his brother, and sister-in-law. They have a tradition — each year they do a brewery tour for his brother’s birthday. He’s a beer guy. Wayne prefers wine.

Another tradition. The bonfire at their annual winter solstice party. A great way to discard items that you no longer need nor want.

Who’s next?

Conversations About Aging airs every other Monday. My next conversation is with Emma, who just celebrated her 86th birthday. It’s been a difficult year, few years, actually. After several health challenges, including Parkinson’s disease, Warren, her husband of 60 years died last year. We talked about making difficult decisions and sadness, but she also told me some stories that made me laugh.

If you have any suggestions for people I should consider interviewing or want to let me know about a helpful aging resource in your community, let me know. In addition to the podcast, I intend to blog about what various communities, organizations, and individuals are doing to provide services, support, and connection here in Maine.

And if you’re interested in helping to build community around this podcast, please share the episodes. Feel free to also suggest other ways we might share these stories. The best way to get in touch is to send me an email. Thank you!

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Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. She now hosts and produces the Catching Health podcast and writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.