Aging with a flourish: “Rose” of Clay County is one of several young-at-heart in the Wabash Valley who refuse to let a slower gait and aging eyesight keep them from seeking amusement or social companionship. “Rose” never learned how to drive, has macular degeneration in one eye, and walks with a cane, but looks forward to karaoke nights and joining like-minded gadabouts on day trips and weekend getaways with a Terre Haute travel company. On this day last June, the septuagenarian boarded the Belle of Cincinnati at Newport, Ky., for a two-hour dinner cruise on the Ohio River.
“Rose,” color print, chosen Overall Winner in Aging in the Wabash Valley photo competition at Indiana State University; winners announced at March 27 reception and exhibit in Hulman Memorial Student Union on ISU campus. Local contest and exhibit in conjunction with appearance and photography exhibit, “Aging Across America,” by Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine. “Rose” is part of permanent exhibit in College of Nursing, Health and Human Services (the Arena) on ISU campus; will be on display in May at Community Theatre of Terre Haute; also to be featured in April-June issue of Arts Illiana’s Spectrum magazine.