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.

How music eases me into the holidays

on Dec. 06, 2016, at 1:16 p.m.
Thanks to a major gift from a Waterville couple, The Cedars, one of the state's largest and oldest senior care facilities, hopes to bring a more humane and homelike approach to elder care in Maine. Home-style kitchens, such as the one shown in this model, are part of the new design.

The ‘household’ model will bring family-style long-term care to Portland

By Meg Haskell on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:51 a.m.
One of the state’s largest and oldest senior care facilities promises to bring a more welcoming and homelike approach to institutional elder care in Maine.

We weren’t exactly the Brady Bunch, but my stepfather’s love never faltered

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 2:35 p.m.
Bangor Daily News reporter Meg Haskell shows off her Facebook app on her phone.

What to do when you’re through with Facebook

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 30, 2016, at 11:51 a.m.
Deleting the Facebook app won’t deactivate or eliminate the account itself. That requires a series of steps that many Facebookers don’t know about and which, especially for older users, is important to understand.

Five things I learned running my first 5K road race

on Nov. 27, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.
Eddington resident Pat Eye was instrumental in starting hospice services in the Bangor area -- first at St. Joseph Hospital, then at Eastern Maine Medical Center, and finally her own New Hope Hospice in Eddington.

At 83, this patient advocate is still passionate about end-of-life care in Maine

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 25, 2016, at 6:30 a.m.
“Pat has always been an advocate, ethically and morally, for the right to die. She has always done what was best for her patients.”

Cheap thrills: a lifetime fascination with nature

on Nov. 23, 2016, at 12:24 p.m.
The cover of the first issue of Senior Hiker.

New magazine based in Deer Isle aims to captivate older hikers

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 22, 2016, at 1 p.m.
“The real goal is to encourage older people to continue to do the things they love.”

A place of spirit and community

on Nov. 20, 2016, at 9:20 p.m.
Kay Davis, 71, a former Catholic nun and missionary who left her order to marry, raise a family and build a career of her own, talks recently at her Bangor home about how she will be leaving for a two-year commitment with the Peace Corps in Guatemala.

Seeking adventure and service at 71, this Bangor woman joined the Peace Corps

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 18, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
“I think I have one more adventure left in me,” Kay Davis said. “And I want to do some kind of service.”

Moving on after a death in the family

on Nov. 16, 2016, at 10:29 p.m.
Bangor City Council Chairman Sean Faircloth speaks during a news conference at City Hall in Bangor, March 31, 2016. Faircloth completed his term as chairman on Nov. 14, 2016.

Defining ‘age-friendly’ for Bangor

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 16, 2016, at 12:39 p.m.
Outgoing Bangor City Council chairman Sean Faircloth said he remains committed to a group of big-picture strategies aimed at building Bangor’s status as an age-friendly community and one of the best small cities in America.

I was surprised to learn about this terrific benefit of being 62

on Nov. 15, 2016, at 4:40 p.m.
Artists and members of the Brewer Historical Society show off the hand-painted, queen-size quilt created by members of the Age(less) Artists group.The quilt, depicting historic scenes of Brewer, will be raffled to raise funds for repairing the roof of the 1898 First Congregational Church of Brewer, where the group of painters has been meeting since the closure last year of the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor.

Grateful for the roof over their heads, Bangor-area artists raise funds to repair it

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 12, 2016, at 1 a.m.
In a show of support and appreciation, Age(less) Artists have created a unique piece of art to help finance needed repairs to the roof of the church that has become their new home.

Life lessons stay relevant as life changes

on Nov. 11, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
John Nelson, a 63-year-old veteran of the war in Iraq, talks on the phone in a conference room at the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Veteran Center in Lincoln. Nelson opened the center earlier this year to help veterans of all ages with benefits eligibility assistance, hands-on help with paperwork and referrals to other vet-friendly agencies and resources in the state.

This decorated soldier is dedicated to serving other Maine veterans

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 11, 2016, at 8:44 a.m.
These days, U.S. Army retired Major John Nelson, 63, is serving closer to his home in Lincoln, Maine. In May, he opened a new center there, the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Veterans Center.

How a few days in the sunny south warmed up our family ties

on Nov. 07, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
Standing near the window in her home office in Portland, Elizabeth Peavy teaches an online memoir writing class for the University of Southern Maine's Senior College on Monday.

‘Wasn’t she something’: Mainers explore the legacy of memoir

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 02, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
“People want to leave a legacy and not have their stories disappear when they’re gone.”

Small items pack big meaning and memory

on Oct. 30, 2016, at 9:17 p.m.
Glen Kennedy (left) goes over a self-defense move with Susannah Owen (center) and Hillary Kennedy during a demonstration at Eastern Maine School of Self-Defense in Veazie.

For Mainers of any age, basic self-defense training can be lifesaving

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 28, 2016, at 6:25 a.m.
“If you’re defending yourself, you can’t be concerned about being nice to your attacker.”