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Claiming Your Place at the Fire by David Shapiro, Richard J. Leider

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Chapter 2 The Flame of Community Refinding Our Place

New Elder Ruth Shapiro

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When Dave’s dad died,his mom,Ruth,who had lived in the same house in Pittsburgh for over 30 years,decided it was time to move. This isn’t an uncommon reaction; major life changes like the death of a spouse often impel us to make changes in our living situation. What was somewhat unusual about Ruth’s decision was that she didn’t consider heading off to Florida or Arizona or any of the other “elder ghettos”as she calls them. Instead,she thought about what makes a place ...

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