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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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By Trudi Kappel Gefilte fish and matzo balls are the quintessential Jewish ceremonial foods. I’ve met few people who actually crave them but a Passover seder would be incomplete without them. Making gefilte fish is a time consuming endeavor and... Continue reading
Posted 59 minutes ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
(EDITORIAL NOTE: International readers can take the day off – most of you live in countries with more sane health programs than the United States has and don't suffer this tedious, irritating annual ritual.) Last Wednesday, 15 October, marked the... Continue reading
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
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114-YEAR-OLD LIES TO GET A FACEBOOK PAGE Anna Stoer is 114 years old. You read that right – 114. She lives in Minnesota. She wanted to create a Facebook page. She had to lie because the age dropdown menu goes... Continue reading
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By Janet Thompson Having ridden a scooter to the top of the hill with others on crutches and in wheelchairs, surprised, I saw a hospital bed. What was the relation between the zip-line and a hospital bed? Shouldn't the hospital... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
“Active aging” is what they call it. You know, all that bungee jumping, marathon running and climbing high mountains they tell us old people need to do these days to stay healthy. No slacking off with a nap in the... Continue reading
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By Marcy Sheiner of Dirty Laundry Many years ago I was in a feminist theater group in which one of our exercises was to riff on the phrase "I remember..." The phrase is highly evocative and is frequently used as... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
When I starting out in the world on my own in the late 1950s, there weren't many careers available to women. Our choices were mostly confined to waitress or office worker and, for the few who attended college, teacher or... Continue reading
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By Clifford Rothband I saw this vanity tag on a car, YYY ME. It got me thinking, why me? If not me then who? I've read somewhere that a person's value is not really measured in years but in achievements.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
As I have explained here many times in the past, I made a deliberate decision when I began this blog a decade ago to never use old-age euphemisms - those cutesy-poo names like golden-ager, third-ager and oldster along with the... Continue reading
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By Henry Lowenstern On mornings when the sky is sunny I sometimes bundle up my honey to treat her to a pricey place, with table clothes of Belgian lace. Never mind the cost. It's only money. [INVITATION: All elders, 50... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued its annual report on life expectancy in the United States for the year 2012. It's good news for almost everyone including elders. LIFE EXPECTANCY AT AGE 65 Every day, 7,000 (or... Continue reading
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There are several people online who write blogs, columns and books about sex for old people. You won't see much about them here. It's not that I don't think sex is important in old age – without question, it is.... Continue reading
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
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DR. ENGLEMAN'S QUIRKY TIPS FOR LONGEVITY Dr. Ephraim Engleman, age 103, is a practicing arthritis specialist in San Francisco. He recently gave an interview to the Senior Planet website. Here are a couple of excerpts: What does aging with attitude... Continue reading
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By Anita McCune One day when I was about seven years old, my dad called me from work to tell me he had a surprise for me when he came home after work. I was on pins and needles watching... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
Silicon Valley was barely a concept when I first heard about ageism in the tech industry. Back in the early 1990s, the online job boards and forums were already filled with terrible unemployment tales from experienced programmers who couldn't get... Continue reading
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By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog I’ve never seen a happy jogger. Looking in my rear-view mirror, I always felt a pang of sympathy as I passed a jogger. Red-faced, mouth contorted in a rictus of discomfort, they gamely... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Vicki E. Jones The year was 1961. I was 14 years old then and my family lived in a nice ranch-style house with stucco exterior about a mile from the famous Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles. Our home had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
Have you heard about the “Internet of Things”? The idea is that before long, everything you own – toaster, refrigerator, alarm clock, heater and air conditioner, electric razor and even toilet – will be connected via computer chip to the... Continue reading
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As I write this on Monday to publish on Wednesday, I am anticipating the need to rest today (Wednesday) from some big-time oral surgery on Tuesday. That is not to say I've chosen the topic because I seek good wishes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Wendl Kornfeld My women’s group's meeting topic this month was assertiveness. One person said she could be assertive with old friends but not new ones. This reminded me of a time when I had not been my usual assertive... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Dani Ferguson Phillips of The Cataract Club I had a total hip replacement in June and I am here to tell you it was the easiest operation I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a few. No one was more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
For years in repeated surveys, 89 or 90 percent of people polled say they want to “age in place.” Most frequently, that phrase means they want to stay in the homes where they currently live until they die or, at... Continue reading
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For five days last week you, dear readers, wrote this blog by responding to forum topics many of you had already suggested during the previous week. And a fine job you did of it. Lots of interesting opinions, thoughts, ideas... Continue reading
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