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Tags: halloween - seniors - alice hornbaker - aretirement - aging



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Life After 50

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Added: Sun. Nov 04, 2012 3:06pm
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WMKV SHOW 11-05-12


Hello again. This is Alice Hornbaker for WMKV 89.3 FM and wmkvfm.org streaming around the world on the Internet Mondays and Thursdays at 2:20 p.m. and Fridays at 8:50 a.m. and as a blog on growingbolder.com, Facebook and Linkedin.com

For more than four decades as a journalist I’ve written about aging, from Social Security foul-ups to criminal intent. People age 50 and older are my target.

So it would be easy to write all the time about all the negative aspects of aging. There are many. But often I prefer to demonstrate that some people handle aging as though it were gold. Instead of denying it, they embrace aging.

All this to preface a fun Halloween party I attended for seniors in a retirement home. Age range was from 65 to 90s. You could never have guessed their ages.

Residents were invited to wear costumes to the party. Not required, but only if you wished.

My take for the event was that few would don costumes. How wrong I was.

Many came in beautiful costumes varying from elegant gowns to glamorous military.

But a few blew me away with their creative and in some cases homemade costumes. The winner came dressed as a bag lady. She wore a multitude of scarves around her waist, lots of padding under her dress, lots of junk jewelry, a huge straw and floppy picture hat decorated with pin tokens from every possible event, face makeup, and of course a shopping bag. She won first prize, hands down.

Second winner was a woman who wore a glamour version of a military officer but with sequin tie and shoulder epaulets. The third place winner, also a woman, told me, “I wanted to go in costume but didn’t have one and could not afford to buy one. All I had on hand was an old full woman face mask.”

It was pink—and enough to disguise who she was. To that she added a shower cap and then threw over her clothes a pink satin bathrobe. Creative and fun. Enough to win third prize.

More importantly than winners was how involved everyone got in having an afternoon of fun.

The child in all of us came out that day and proved to doubters once again that no matter how old you are, there is a fun person inside many who constantly cry to come out. What better time than at Halloween?

And I witnessed that transformation once again at a 2012 Halloween party, senior style.


If you would like to contact me please send an email to: ajhornbaker@yahoo.com. That’s ajhornbaker@yahoo.com. Or leave a message for me at the Cincinnati WMKV studios 782-2427. For WMKV 89.3 FM this is Alice Hornbaker.



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