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  • David Florian: Safely aging in place

  • David Florian is hard to pin down.
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  • "David Florian is hard to pin down.
    He taught French, Spanish, Latin and Romanian at Stanford University, UCLA and a private school in Los Angeles that is now known as Harvard-Westlake School.
    He owned and operated a video store in Palo Alto when video was new in the 1980s, and he owned a small video production company in that city for 25 years before retiring to Ashland three years ago.
    Today, Florian volunteers with Ashland At Home, a nonprofit organization that helps members live in their own homes as they grow older.
    Since 2009, the group has created a support network, linking neighbors and neighborhoods so older people can live independently when faced with health issues, loss of a spouse and the need for companionship.
    For the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Florian will be part of a discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 18, with Katharine Danner about safely aging in place.
    The free lecture starts at 1 p.m. and is part of a series of community lectures offered by OLLI through Nov. 6
    Part of the discussion will include information about the Village Movement, an alternative retirement lifestyle that redefines what it means to be retired.
    A recent AARP survey found that almost 90 percent of older adults want to live the rest of their lives among friends in their familiar surroundings.
    Florian lives near the Oredson-Todd Woods trail.
    Favorite aspects about Ashland: Friendliness, slower pace, cultural opportunities
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