Meg Haskell

Senior writer

I am second-career journalist with an idealistic commitment to the power of the Fourth Estate. I have a professional background in health care and 60-plus years of life experience that inform my work. I’ll be writing about a variety of issues for the Bangor Daily News, both in this blog and as a reporter, with a focus on matters of interest to readers in the “sweet spot” of their maturity: those productive adult years from 50 to 70 when (maybe) we have the time to pursue our personal interests, the energy to contribute to our communities and the wisdom to steer clear of needless drama.
Sue Hoyt, 71, a Senior Companion volunteer, visits with Lavon Harris, 97, in her mobile home in Bangor last week. Hoyt has been visiting Harris for over three years. Lavon said Hoyt is “like the sister I never had.”

This volunteer program connects isolated seniors with a friendly visitor

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 27, 2016, at 9:12 a.m.
The statewide program connects active volunteers 55 and older with socially isolated clients.

When ‘just do it’ just doesn’t do it

on Oct. 24, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
 Amy McLellan recently shows one of the undemolished rooms of the former nursing home she purchased and is renovating into an "age-in-place" home for retirement-age people called The McLellan on Cumberland Street in Brunswick.

This nurse is building senior housing in her Brunswick neighborhood

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 21, 2016, at 6:25 a.m.
“This is all about allowing people to live their lives to the fullest as they age, to show that life continues to grow and change in positive ways.”

This is my new favorite hiking spot, and it is yours, too.

on Oct. 20, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
Leslie Cummins and Tim Seabrook own Five-Star Nursery and Orchard in Brooklin, but they are considering selling the farm where they grow apples, pears and make apple cider. They would like to sell their land to someone who would continue using it as a farm instead of developing the property.

Maine farmers ready to retire wrestle with succession planning

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 18, 2016, at 11:03 a.m.
“We are really ready to do the next part of our lives,” Leslie Cummins said. Now, they’re trying to find an appropriate buyer for the farm. And it’s not easy.

Making the most of an autumn weekend

on Oct. 17, 2016, at 7:30 a.m.
Camden Area District Nursing Association Director Judy Lydon counts the medication for Mary Lou Eugly, the 93-year-old resident of the Quarry Hill extended care community, on Oct. 10 in Camden.

How community nurses help aging Mainers stay safe in their homes

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 14, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
As communities across Maine work and plan to meet the needs of rapidly growing populations of older residents, community-based nurses could play a key role.

My role in a recent Sen. Susan Collins event was for conversation, not interrogation

on Oct. 13, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
Tom Harrigan, 84, and his wife, Nancy, 72, have opened a new museum of paleontology, geology and archaeology, called the Harrigan Learning Center and Museum in Milo that is filled with thousands of specimens collected from his travels around the world.

One tiny town in Maine scored this ‘gem’ of a natural history museum

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 10, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
The breadth of the collection and the care with which it is displayed is remarkable.
A group of older Mainers play ice hockey on Monday at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport.

Why hockey is the lifetime sport of choice for these older Maine men

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 07, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
“I always said I was going to skate until I was 80, but now I guess I’m going to keep at it a while longer.”

A confession and an invitation for Next readers

on Oct. 06, 2016, at 3:27 p.m.
Passengers wait at the bus terminal in Pickering Square in downtown Bangor on Monday afternoon.

Why older Mainers should get on board with Bangor’s public transportation system

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 04, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
The bus provides a convenient, affordable alternative that also helps maintain a level of independence.

New study says sex may be dangerous for older men’s health. Pros disagree

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 30, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Is it healthy to pursue an active sex life as we age? The answer depends on whom you ask.

Here’s the recipe for contentment in my kitchen

on Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:45 a.m.
A pharmacist at the Walgreens on Wilson Street in Brewer prepares to inject a patient with the 2013-2014 flu vaccine.

Four reasons older Mainers should get a flu vaccine now

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 27, 2016, at 11:40 a.m.
A simple, affordable vaccine minimizes the odds of getting sick yourself or of transmitting influenza to others.
Members of the Women's Society for Christian Service make pies on Sept. 16 in the kitchen of the Franklin Street United Methodist Church in Bucksport. The ladies will sell their pies at their weekly bake sale.

Endangered Maine ‘church ladies’ live their faith, support their communities

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:34 a.m.
“In Maine, there’s a strong tradition of pulling together when someone is in need.”

Four ways to be sure it’s fall, without a calendar

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 12:10 p.m.
The Eastern Area Agency on Aging group Active Agers takes a recent tour of the Orono Bog Boardwalk with a Maine naturalist.

How single Bangor-area seniors are combating isolation, inactivity

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
“We learned people really want to get out and do something.”
Stephen Fitz-Gerald metal sculptor with a parts of a large sculpture the "Flame of Inspiration" made by his father Clark Fitz-Gerald. The sculpture was taken down from the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono when the building was renovated. Stephen refinished and slightly modified his father's work to fit the new space. It will be reinstalled later this month.

After a son restored his father’s work, ‘The Flames of Inspiration’ will be rekindled

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 16, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
“He hoped the performances here at the arts center would inspire university students and that like flames the inspiration would spread,” the late artist’s son said.

Celebrating marriage at midlife and beyond

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.