Thursday, August 22, 2013

The headline on the flyer was at once simplistic and provocative: “Come talk to us and we’ll try to help you, too.”
No dummy when it comes to even benign sales pitches, Marlene seized upon the unwritten: Help? So what’s it going to cost me for this “help”?
In this case, just a few hours of time. A few phone calls confirmed the veracity of the flyer: a group of Ph.D. candidates from a Chicago area college wished to convene a group of 65-year-old and older Baby Boomers to talk about choosing a retirement lifestyle, “staying close” to adult-age children, dealing with chronic health issues, and making choices regarding death, dying and end-of-life planning.

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