Creative Aging: 65 and Better in the Berkshires

Creative Aging: 65 and Better in the Berkshires

These profiles of active, engaged community members who are 65 and better in the Berkshires were created by volunteer writers and photographers who are members of OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College. They represent thousands more in our community who give back in many different ways and transform our perception of older adults. There are many more stories out there – you are encouraged to seek them out. Look for a new profile every Monday on BerkshireEagle.com.

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Even at 80, Wray Gunn keeps himself in the mix SHEFFIELD — Spiritual pursuits, sports, and social ties to a widespread circle of friends throughout the Berkshires keep Wray Gunn engaged in an active life.
Creative Aging: Ella Deane goes from client to supervisor of meal program Multiple health issues developed for Ella Deane as she approached retirement. But when her two year old granddaughter needed someone to parent her Ella said, “Yes.” She would do that. It …

Creative Aging: Don Ramiro Guerrero's lessons in kindness

PITTSFIELD — Before we met, I knew only that Don Ramiro was an anthropologist, and that he was from Nicaragua. I asked him if those were true, and he smiled and said yes. But those two items …

Creative Aging: Father Peter Gregory finds joy in all aspects of life PITTSFIELD — Father Peter Gregory finds many circles of experience that remind him of the continuity of his long life and his vocation of service to others. Born and raised in Pittsfield, he …
Creative Aging: Marjorie Cohan loves the Berkshires PITTSFIELD — Marjorie Cohan loves the Berkshires. In the 1980s, when Cohan arrived in Pittsfield, the General Electric plant was closing and thousands lost their jobs.
Creative Aging: In the Berkshires, creative aging is for everyone Marjorie Cohan biked across the state of Missouri on the nation’s longest continuous bike trail this summer. Andy Plumer traveled to Europe and Japan to consult on …
Creative Aging: Craig Bero driven to share the harvest HOUSATONIC — When is being “driven” exhilarating, inspiring, and nourishing? When it’s in the passionate mind and the heart of Craig Bero, the creator of Pleasant and Main …
Creative Aging: Sandra Burton's life guided by dance When Sandra Burton was 4, a talent scout spotted her potential as a dancer and urged Sandra’s mother to enroll her in dance lessons. Burton recalls that episode as the first time she recognized her own identity and talents. She knew she was meant to dance.
'Creative Aging' exhibit goes on display at the statehouse The “Creative Aging: 65 and Better in the Berkshires” collection — the 25 profiles of vibrant, active Berkshire residents ages 65 and up — is on display today through Friday …
Otha Day makes human connections through music WILLIAMSTOWN — Otha Day has advanced degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy; he has performed as a solo pianist and with orchestras and ensembles in both classical and jazz genres. But …

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