By a happy confluence of circumstances, my old friend Wendy Noble, whom I met a million years ago when we worked together on the kidney transplant unit at Ohio State University Hospital, had moved to Vashon a week earlier. Wendy L. gave Wendy N. and us a lovely tour of the island and her husband Barry joined us for lunch at The Hardware Store, a cool repurposed restaurant.
Some 60 islanders and residents of the Vashon Community Care Center turned out for my talk. Wendy L. led a discussion about how Vashon Island could become more age-friendly. Among the challenges: transportation, connecting people whose homes are often secluded in the woods, and recruiting more volunteers to support elders (including of course elders themselves who want to contribute to others).