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Be Bold - Control Your Destiny

Welcome to Fearless Aging a new feature column that will address the challenges and opportunities of aging. One thing you will not see in this column is “gloom and doom.” Being an older adult in the 21st century offers almost infinite possibilities. We’re living in an era of amazing technology, medical advancements, high-speed transportation, instant communication and lifespans our grandparents never dreamt of. All this and more is at your fingertips. Together we’ll explore the possibilities and help you achieve the vibrant golden years you desire.

The over 60 populations of our communities are growing at a rapid pace, increasing demand for not only accessible housing, but activities for people not content to sit in a chair and watch the world go by. Today we’re seeing people age 70+ running 5k races, long-distance cycling, skiing, ballroom dancing, kayaking, golfing and more. It is important that you live life to its maximum potential, and that includes choosing a safe, active, upbeat environment, rife with opportunities to be in control of your own destiny, without a fear of aging.

We will cover a variety of issues including health, finances, personal safety, computer and Internet usage, estate planning, housing options and more. Living a Fearless Aging lifestyle requires planning and communication with children, siblings, your attorney and other key individuals that are in your life.

This is your column and I want to hear from you. It is important for me to understand the concerns and questions our readers have about aging and access to resources throughout the Northwest suburbs. If you have ideas for article topics or questions you’d like answered here, please email me at

Jennifer Prell is President of Elderwerks Educational Services, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization offering complimentary information, referrals and guidance to seniors and their families. For more information visit

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