Seniors & Aging

Family support gives widow peace of mind

Ione Beyerlin, 85, lives independently at her home in Ferndale. She is vice president of the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, where she says she loves spending her time. “I like to stay active and the senior center is a good outlet for that,” she says.
Ione Beyerlin, 85, lives independently at her home in Ferndale. She is vice president of the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, where she says she loves spending her time. “I like to stay active and the senior center is a good outlet for that,” she says. CHRIS JOSEPH TAYLOR THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Name: Ione Beyerlin.

Age: 85.

Residence: Ferndale, since 1940.

At current home: 14 years.

Former occupation: Beyerlin retired from working at the freezing plant in Ferndale.

Daily routines: “I pretty much go to the (Ferndale) Senior Center every day except Tuesday,” Beyerlin says. “I am in charge of the dining room, making sure there is help that day. I am very active in everything that goes on there.” She is vice president of the board at the Ferndale Senior Center.

Best part about living independently: “Doing what I want to do,” Beyerlin says. “If I want to do sewing, or sit and read, or watch TV, that’s my privilege.”

Most helpful home improvement: “My kids took off the front porch steps and put in a ramp. It is easier to go up and down.”

What you know now that you wished you’d known then: “I can’t think of anything. I think I’ve had a pretty decent life.”

Advice for preserving independence: “Be active. Don’t just sit and feel sorry for yourselves.” Beyerlin recommends getting involved or helping others. “Just be active.”

For fun: “At the center, I play bingo once a week,” Beyerlin says. “I’m not a game person, but I do enjoy bingo.” She also looks forward to going to church on Sunday and visiting with her family.

Useful technology: “The telephone is the only thing. I don’t know what I would do without a telephone.”

Helping hands: Beyerlin has eight children: three sons who live in the county and five daughters who live in Kent, Everett and outside the state. “My kids watch after me. If I need anything, all I need to do is call them.”

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