Left: Chuck Maples on his back porch of his lower Michigan home
He has lived in the same house since the early 1940s - even on the same street since 1937 - and he is loathe to move into an assisted living facility. Yet the proverbial clock keeps ticking, calendar pages continue flipping, and Chuck Maples will not live forever.
This Second World War veteran - who served in the Seabees in the South Pacific - is still able to operate his car, although he finds difficulty with night driving. Maples, however, finds the idea of living anywhere but his house to be unsettling.
"It would be like living in a prison," he says.
Recently his wife June suffered congestive heart failure, and she had to be hospitalized for five days. Though she is much improved, perhaps this latest health struggle opened both of their eyes to the realization that time waits for no one.
Maples still has a sharp mind for a man in his early 90s, and is quick to recognize contradictions in American society.
"They say we have the best health care in the world, but hardly anyone can afford it," he noted, adding that he pays over $600 a month for health insurance but lacks prescription coverage. "Who cares if Canada has 'socialized medicine' - at least everyone is covered."
Until he can no longer drive - which will probably occur some time in the next five years - my grandfather refuses to move.
"We have everything we need right here, and our neighbors check in on us every day," he said. "Besides - why would I want to live with all those old people?"