Washington, D.C. – Super Accessible
Mount Rushmore has been on my bucket list for years, so I’m happy to see that it’s accessible [“Great American Getaways,” April 2017]. Also, I constantly recommend Washington, D.C., as the most accessible city in America — and maybe the whole world. One other attraction I’d recommend to visit in D.C. is the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. You get to actually see how money is made. It’s pretty overwhelming to see so much money, and they offer a completely accessible tour.
Cory Lee (CurbFreeWithCoryLee.com)
I would say at age 60, aging with a disability can really suck. [“The Truth About Aging,” April 2017]. My breathing is getting worse, my bones ache, and I can’t sit up as long as I once did. One shoulder is shot and bad pain is part of my daily life. I do not have a spouse, but I pray frequently and rely heavily on my two dogs to give me unconditional love and support that dogs do so well. No, I haven’t learned to navigate the rough waters. Some days the waters are more placid, while other days are like riding rapids. And for me, one day the question will become quantity versus quality. I will never go to a nursing home. I decided that long ago.
I notice that a common thread is a good loving spouse [“The Truth About Aging”]. This is hugely important. I am 40 years post-injury, C5 complete, 56 years old. I have been happily married for over 32 years. I still drive myself with no assistance, I am fairly healthy (just the expected development of osteoporosis and deterioration of spine). I do what I can, as I have no other caregiver other than my loving wife, but no longer take as many risks.
Andy ET Smith (from South Africa)