Conversations About Aging: Dr. Bill Taylor, 97

Dr. Bill Taylor packed away his windsurfer when he was 92. Didn’t have the perfect balance he needed any more. He didn’t pack away his zest for life, though. Now 97, he lives at Highland Green in Topsham until it’s warm enough to drive down to his camp in Waterboro. That’s right, drive. He also drives every Sunday to Unity Center for Spiritual Growth in Windham. What drives Bill? Curiosity, he told me.

He talks about that curiosity, the lure of windsurfing, some of the adventures he’s had these past 97 years, and love in the latest episode of Conversations About Aging, a Catching Health with Diane Atwood special series.

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Some pictures

Bill at camp
Bill at camp

Bill Taylor windsurfing
Bill windsurfing

Maggie Taylor windsurfing
His late wife Maggie windsurfing

1st place windsurfing

Maggie and Bill
Maggie and Bill

Bill Taylor reunion in front of the old family house
Taylor reunion in front of the old family house

Words that Maggie lived by
Words that Maggie lived by and Bill does, too

Bill at his computer
Communicating with friends

Bill's keyboard and ukulele
Bill’s keyboard and ukulele — good for the soul and the brain

Bill Taylor driving his truck
Bill behind the wheel after taking a refresher course with Heather Shields. Read all about it in Should you still be driving?

Taylor, Frey, Leavitt House

Taylor, Frey, Leavitt House and Museum
Taylor, Frey, Leavitt House/Museum

Who’s next?

Conversations About Aging airs every other Monday. My next conversation is with Ernie DeRaps. At one time, he was a lighthouse keeper in Maine. After retirement, he became an artist. What do you think he painted? Mostly lighthouses, of course!


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.