My Grandfather and How He Remembered the Friends He Lost in World War II

By Laura Plaster 

My grandfather, Alvin Newton Bugbee, Jr., was twenty years old when he was called to active duty in June of 1943. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 70th Infantry Division where he served as Weapons Platoon Leader and later as Battalion Motor Officer. He fought in the battles of Ardennes-Alsace, The Battle of the Bulge opposing the German Operation Nordwind, the Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, the ETO ribbon with three battle stars, the European Theater Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the Victory Medal, and the French Cross of Lorraine. 


Connection Points: How to Start Using Stories to Build Relationships

Social connectedness feels good, and it is the antidote of loneliness. Most people understand how important it is for life and health.  But what is a tangible first step you can take towards connecting with a family or friend in your life? How do you get started? And then how do you make the connection deeper? 


When Mother's Day Isn't Easy

I’ve seen a trend in my inbox these past few weeks; subject lines that read, “option to opt out of Mother’s Day emails.” When I open the message, there’s text inside that reads something along the lines of ‘this day can bring up a lot’ or ‘We get it, Mother’s Day is tough.’


The Greatest Gift - Patrick's Story

The Greatest Gift by Patrick McGee

I was born on September 12, 1956, in Santa Ana, California. My father was superintendent of the Orange County Juvenile Hall. For the first few years of my life, we led a charmed existence where everyone knew us. My earliest recollections of my dad are of him walking out across the front yard carrying his briefcase and wearing his suit and tie.


We Have a Need for Speed: Innovations in Agetech

The Numbers

Right now there are approximately 54 million people in the US over the age of 65. By 2040, that number is projected to rise to 80.8 million, and then to 94.7 million in 2060. 5.8 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2020. That number will nearly triple unless something changes by 2060.


Growing Older

By Harry "Rick" Moody, PhD (Reprinted from the Human Values in Aging Newsletter March 2022)

That old Vaudeville joke got it down right: “Denial isn’t just the name of a river in Egypt.” Well, on Feb. 20, I had my 77th birthday. It turns out that 77 years means you’ve spent exactly 4,000 weeks on earth. See: “Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It by Oliver Burkeman – review” 


The Vietnam Truck Driver

My father, LaVerne Payne, was drafted and served in Vietnam as a truck driver for the 1st Field Forces and later he was transferred to the 4th Infantry Division in 1967. He is pictured above. 


Caring for Vietnam Veterans and All Veterans

A total of 2.7 million Americans served in the Vietnam War, 58,220 died in combat, over 150,000 were wounded and less than 850,000 are still alive today. They are the largest group of United States Veterans today and most are eligible for Social Security and Medicare, which means caregivers in the aging field need to be aware of the unique concerns and healthcare needs these veterans face.


Family Treasures

I was recently at a baby shower for my cousin when my Great-Aunt Kaye called all the women of the family to the kitchen. “I have an announcement to make,” she said. Aunt Kaye is nearing 90 and so we couldn’t help but worry that she planned to tell us something about her health. 


A Life of Love: Marjorie's Story

My name is Marjorie. I was born in 1929 in Ohio County, Indiana. I have had true love in my life in several ways. I have been blessed with a loving family growing up. When I met and married Jim, we shared true love until he passed away, and that love still remains. I'm also very blessed to have a loving family (4 children, 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and still growing). And I have experienced the true love of Jesus for me, and I for Him. Praise the Lord!