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Barbara and Dearie

Barbara and Dearie welcome your questions on topics ranging from retirement and being “young-old” all the way to end-of-life issues.

As our loved ones age, new questions arise when families must navigate a wide variety of options. We hope to help answer some of these questions.


Barbara Green has practiced as a geriatric social worker for more than 25 years. She is experienced in counseling families and older adults through the expected age related changes and is knowledgeable in the field of dementia and mental health care.


Dearie is fictive, but speaks much as Barbara’s own mother, now 94 years old, has over the years. Their conversations reflect an intimate mother-daughter shared history as well as the many conversations Barbara has had with other older women. Dearie remains fiercely independent with a “take it as it comes” outlook.

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