Adrienne Crew came to me a while ago and said she wanted to do a personal blog on growing older in Los Angeles. The topic is one that a lot of people quietly think about, but it doesn't get a lot attention in the blogosphere. For Adrienne the subject became more personal when she celebrated her first birthday since her father died, and took on some urgency with the news that former actress Yvette Vickers died alone in her Benedict Canyon home, unmissed by her neighbors and her relatives for as long as a year. Adrienne writes in the introduction to LA Crone:
LA Crone is my space to record observations about the aging process and the acquisition of wisdom. I'll be posting interviews, quotations, book reviews, photos and observations about my struggles as a caregiver-daughter, crone-in-training and woman of a certain age in Los Angeles, the land of ageless youth....
I don't fear middle-age so much as I struggle to manage it. It used to be that you grew old and that was that. Now you must be more mindful in this age of limitless information and gene-therapy technology; decisions made in your forties will impact your eighties and beyond. Should I take statins so that my vascular system doesn't explode in later years? My friends and I can choose how we want to experience menopause and have babies into our sixties. Yet I'm part of a generational cohort that cannot afford to retire. I'll probably end up working at McDonalds in my seventies so that I can support my own mother who will probably live to be 110: the beneficiary of healthy-living and good genes.
The image she chose for the banner? "She's just a boney woman in sunglasses with a smile, making her Everywoman (eventually) in LA.," Crew writes. Ladies and gentlemen, LA Crone.
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