At one point, Ashton Applewhite's biggest fear was that she'd end up "drooling in an institution" when she got old.
She was worried about memory loss. She didn't want to live a depressed life. Getting old was not something she wanted to even think about. But something changed when she embarked on a project writing about people over the age of 80 and still working.
After a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle and later died, the senior citizens of Great Barrington were scared to walk.
Emergency management from Fairview then crafted a program to purchase reflective vests to hand out to those walking, to help make them feel a little safer. Police cruisers will pull over and offer them to the pedestrian. The vests are available at the council on agings and events. It is one effort to help the aging population be a little, a little healthier by continuing to wa
The senior center has made it a bit easier for people to be healthy and fit even later in life.
Through a grant from AARP, a half dozen pieces of outdoor workout equipment have been installed on the property. The hope is to make it easier for the seniors to get moderate workouts alongside their peers to stay healthier.