When Laurie first met her husband-to-be John at a contra dance, the New England folk dance that folks can attend without a partner and involves long lines of dancers forming couples that progress up and down between the lines, she couldn’t have known what a good match this couple would turn out to be.
A lot of time has passed since that first dance, but, in many ways the Boxford, Massachusetts couple is still dancing through a fulfilling and active life that is defined by doing the good and worthwhile things in life. That includes John’s gift for making mechanical things work, Laurie’s 40-years-long commitment to teaching children with special needs, and the beautiful sounds of music made possible by John’s unique old-world workshop for repairing and restoring stringed instruments. There’s a lot more on the couple’s list of the ways they are fully engaged with their community in the northeast corner of the commonwealth known as the Bay State. Suffice it to say these people stay active in myriad ways, including taking long bike rides in the brisk weather of a New England spring day.
As with most long-lasting relationships, one of the remarkable things about this couple is how different they appear to be, he having an extraordinary memory and she with a memory that began to slip a little as can be the case as she arrived in her Sixties. “John has a fantastic memory,” Laurie exclaims, proud of her detail-conscious, research-driven husband. “Me not so much.”
That difference has resulted in good things in both their lives. It began with John’s desire to support and help maintain his memory function. After seeing Prevagen commercials on TV he decided to research the product in detail. He went with Prevagen and has not only stayed with it, he suggested to his wife that Prevagen might help her.
Laurie took up her husband’s suggestion and her powers of memory soon began to get better. “I saw improvements,” she says. “My husband already had a fantastic memory”
And so it happens, two people coming from different pathways in life and dancing together down the line. Like a contra dance today, just like that first dance at the beginning.