An Elder Speaks

September 16, 2013
Virgil Thomas, ChangingAging.org

We are happy to present a new series that will be running throughout the fall. The Eden Alternative, in partnership with our value added partner LifeBio, spoke with the Elders of  Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. We would first like to thank LifeBio for their support in letting us use their web platform as a resource for our interviews.

But most importantly we would like to thank Levindale for their help and hospitality. We congratulate them on their extraordinary work in creating a Human Habitat.

Without further delay, here is the story of Sol Miller:

Excluding his time away in the military, Sol has spent his entire life in Baltimore. He was born on November 18, 1916 and has seen the city grow for nearly a century. “They used to have street cars, and you used to be able to buy the News Post for a penny,” he remembers.

Sol worked several odd jobs before enlisting in the army. “Things were tough back in the Depression. I didn’t have an education. I had a job making ten dollars a week, but I couldn’t quit because there were a hundred other guys looking for work.”

Sol served in the 178th Engineer Company during WWII. During his service, he spent time in Iceland, England, France and Germany. It was there, he discovered the existence of the concentration camps.

After returning from the war, Sol set to work, and before long, he owned and operated a liquor store.  This was his livelihood for over 30 years, before he sold the business and retired in 1969. In retirement, he and his wife traveled to England, Israel, around the US, Las Vegas in particular.

“Guess how old I am. I’m 96 years old. I never thought I would be that age.” He was married for 69 years. When asked if he has any advice for the younger generations Sol replied, “Share and share alike… you have to be with the other person, share your life with them, and take part in what they do.”

Every day, Sol listens to the record his wife sent him, when he was in the army: You’ll Never Know How Much I Love You by Alice Faye.

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Barbara Smullen
September 22, 2013 6:26 pm

Sol, thank you so much – what a privilege to hear from you! And many,. many thanks for your service in the Army, and for all you have done in your life! You are a wise man…God bless you. Barbara, age 70 (Elder)

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