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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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By Bettijane Eisenpreis “The world is going to the dogs; the young no longer respect their elders; and everyone is writing books!” The above quotation is attributed to a papyrus found in the tomb of some pharaoh in Egypt several... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Elder Storytelling Place
On Monday, the Medicare and Social Security Trustees released their annual report. Since it is 283 pages long, I'll give you the highlights as transmitted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) Media Center and NBC News. MEDICARE... Continue reading
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By Mary Mack I met Bonnie Baker once before, about 10 years earlier, when I was about 12 or 13 years old. That day, I remember, the maples and oaks were noticeably numb, suspended as they were in the thick... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
[EDITORIAL NOTE: Over the weekend, I played hooky a bit from the work I should have been doing to spend time lost in a couple of books. One of them, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes was a... 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
Posted 3 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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MONTY PYTHON FAREWELL CONCERT Several readers send this video of the final concert from the remaining members of British Monty Python comedy group. This video is the final song on the final night of the final 10-night stand in London... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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Tom Delmore, a poet himself, sends me poems by others from time to time. Two that have been waiting longer than they should to be posted here are about trees and and the men who spent a lifetime knowing them.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at TIME GOES BY
By Marcy Belson Yes, this is another story about a trip to Mexico with Krumi Tours led by our own "Mr. Krumi" aka El Queso Grande. Same country, Mexico. Same group of friends. Different destination. This time we were flying... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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By Dan Gogerty who blogs at Cast The Consumer Reports group is calling for a ban of the word “natural” and many others are complaining about the way words are used for food labeling, packaging and advertising. I’m all for... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
Hardly a week goes by that I do not receive a press release or reader email alerting me to a photography exhibit of elders. So much so that it is hard not to conclude that it is becoming a growth... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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Every year or two, I write a blog post about scams, swindles and frauds that are likely to be perpetrated upon elders, along with some information on how to avoid them. Conventional wisdom in the reporting about elders and fraud,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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By Arlene Corwin The best lovers can wait: That’s what they’re good at. They can take their time, Press lightly, deeply, Feel around, as if massaging, Kneading muscle without passion; Helping, waiting – for response? Perhaps. Most likely. Waiting all... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog We, all of us, return, and try another way, A different simulacrum of reality; The energy we call the soul, assumes new form Within a multi-verse of change and random choice. Next time,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Last week, Wales became the first country in the world to adopt a Declaration of Rights for Older People. Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas said, “The number of older people in Wales is growing and there is no... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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According to a June 2014 report [pdf] from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half the U.S. population age 65 and older (50.9%) report urinary and/or bowel leakage. That's just the group of us who live independently;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Vicki E. Jones The year was 1968, and I, age 21 and a native and resident of Los Angeles, had spent the summer at a summer job in Boston, working as an assistant to a lab assistant at a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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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
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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84 YEAR OLD STUNS AMERICA'S GOT TALENT PANEL The judges on AGT were pretty sure they weren't going to like Mr. Jessel. See what happened. MARY PHILLIPS UPDATE In last week's Interesting Stuff, 98-year-old Mary Phillips explained how she was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
A couple of years ago, my friend Jim Stone and several others readers sent me a remarkable video about Henry. At the time of filming, he had been 10 years living in a nursing home in dementia care - listless,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Mary Mack Most days she was there, waiting for her sister, the moment I returned home from school. “Hi, Helen,” she’d say. “Ready to go swimming?” “No, mom, we can’t go swimming. And it’s not Helen, it’s Mary, don’t... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Clifford Rothband Take a deep breath and put a smile on your face, let's make today a great day. I read that somewhere. It was the summer Olympics of 1984. My wife and daughter [age 12] wanted so bad... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
It doesn't take long for little kids to understand that physical appearance - whether you are beautiful or handsome or not in the eyes of others - matters a great deal in the world. Those who win the beauty lottery... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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People old and young believe a lot of twaddle about elders. I first wrote about that during the inaugural year of this blog, 2004, when hardly anyone was reading it. A portion of Erdman Palmore's Facts on Aging Quiz had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Henry Lowenstern The well's run dry. I must be frank. My poetic muse has drawn a blank. No matter how I fret and curse, I can't produce a decent verse. Who played on me this lousy prank? [INVITATION: All... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Did you know: That the states with the highest proportion of old people in their populations in 2010 were Florida, West Virginia, Maine and Pennsylvania (all above 15 percent)? States with the lowest proportion of elders were Alaska, Utah and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at TIME GOES BY