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Voice of the Village 2021
Aging is a special stage of life that deserves respect and appreciation. 

  Carquinez Village has a weekly column, Voice of the Village, that appears each Friday in the Benicia Herald. 

Click on the titles to read the columns.

Who should get the vaccine?
By Judie Donaldson
published 4.30.2021
I was halfway through writing this week’s column when I took a few-minutes’ break to get caught up on the news. The few minutes mushroomed into an hour, and then two, and then more. Eventually, I realized I couldn’t continue with the column I was writing. I was too jarred by what I had just read.

Looking ahead to a changed and changing world
by Judie Donaldson
published 4.16.2021
In the 1970’s, I was captivated when futurist Alvin Toffler appeared on the New York Times best seller list. How well I remember his first book, Future Shock. I was curious because it felt legitimate yet sensational, and I was intrigued by a writer who had a way-out-of-my-league imagination. Fast forward to this week. 

Have you told your story?
By Lois Requist
published 4.9.2021
On one of those lists of things to do before you die, it’s never mentioned, so I want to ask, have you told your story? Every one of us has a unique tale. Whether anyone has asked or not, the story is worth telling. If you’re not comfortable writing, you could use a microphone attached to some device and tell it that way.

The Pandemic Has Complicated End-of-Life Care Decisions
by Judie Donaldson
Published April 2, 2021
I’ll always remember the day when one of the Carquinez Village members lamented, “I had always planned to move into an assisted living home when I could no longer manage the tasks of everyday life. But the pandemic has eliminated this.

Does Benicia need a Senior Roundtable?
By Lois Requist
published 3.26.2021
Way back in 2015, when we started to move forward to consider forming a village, we assessed the needs of older adults in Benicia and what services were available to meet those needs.

My Benicia Bubble
By Judie Donaldson
Published 3.19.2021
It is one year ago that the World Health Organization declared we were officially in a pandemic. What a year! Why, the word “pandemic” was barely in my working vocabulary before March of 2000. Now? It runs my life.

What’s good for the body is good for the brain
By Lois Requist
Published 3.12.2021
About a month ago, I wrote a column called “Good news about the brain.” I’ve now finished taking the series, “The Aging Brain,” led by a Professor Thad Polk from The Great Courses.


It all began with an idea
by Judie Donaldson

Published 3.5.2021 
It seems hard to believe that Carquinez Village is seven years old. It was in January of 2015 that Lois Requist and I introduced the Village concept to a full house at the Library’s Dona Benicia Room.


When Health Studies Started Including Women
By Lois Requist
published 2.26.2021
It wasn’t until the 1980s that women were typically included in medical studies. In 1993, the National Institute for Health Revitalization Act was passed, which required the inclusion of men and women in any clinical research the NIH did.


Making Lemonade Out of Lemons
by Beth Grimm
published 2.19.2021
It’s been a year (March 1, 2020) since the World Health Organization officially declared the Pandemic. Societal norms have been turned on their head. 


Benicia! It’s a community with heart.
by Judie Donaldson
Published 2.12.2021
I moved to Benicia from the East Coast twelve years ago. I never would have found Benicia had it not been for the fact that my daughter and her family lived here.

Good news about the brain
By Lois Requist

Published 2.5.2021
You can teach an old dog new tricks! The brain is more amazing than we thought. 

Partnering with our doctor–It's our job!
by Judie Donaldson
Published 1.29.2021
Does your mind ever wander to the 1950s? Remember Doris Day and Rock Hudson and songs like ShBoom? Life seemed so simple then. 

Longevity Continued
by Lois Requist
Published 1.22.2021
I wrote two weeks ago about attending a conference via Zoom sponsored by the Stanford Center on Longevity. 

If I had a stash of extra cash
by Judie Donaldson
Published 1.15.2021
I’m not one much for New Year’s resolutions, but I have an idea for you and me this year. I suppose we could call it a resolution. 

Longevity—The 100-hundred-year life
By Lois Requist
Published 01.08.2021
Recently, I attended a conference sponsored by the Stanford Center on Longevity. 

Thank you, Bill Gates
by Judie Donaldson
Published 01.01.2021
Do you have any idea how Andrew Carnegie made his money? Most people don't because Carnegie is remembered primarily for his philanthropy.