Conversations About Aging: Mary Hamblen, 98

Mary Hamblen was still able to drive a car until her early 90s. It’s one of the things she misses most now that she’s 98. Her attitude is that it’s just something you have to deal with. Home is now an assisted living facility where she says she’s pampered and she’s happy. She’s losing her eyesight because of macular degeneration but still enjoys reading on her Kindle.

That positive attitude is how Mary views her entire life and can serve as an inspiration to all of us. She told me she’d had a good life with ups and downs. That’s life, she said, and you take it as it is.

In our conversation about aging, she talked about some of the ups and downs of her life and shares some stories about growing up and spending most of her life in Westbrook Maine. And she told the story of that last car she drove. Scroll down and you’ll see a picture of a car just like Mary’s and then enjoy our conversation.

Listen to my conversation with Mary

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Some pictures

Mary Hamblen's late husband/Conversations About Aging

Mary’s late husband as a young man

Mary Hamblen showing quilt/Conversations About Aging
Mary showing off the exquisite quilt her mother made

1998 Gold Jaguar. Not Mary’s car, but exactly like hers

Who’s next?

Conversations About Aging airs every other Monday. My next conversation is with Bill Taylor, a retired doctor and former windsurfing champion. At 96, he’s still very active and still learning new things.


If you have any suggestions for people I should consider interviewing or you’re aware of 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 age-friendly services, support, and connection here in Maine. 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.