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Old Age, From Youth’s Narrow Prism

Article appeared in NY Times: March 3, 2010:

Old Age, From Youth’s Narrow Prism by Dr. Marc E. Agronin

The old woman had drawn down the shade in her room — hoping, I imagined, to stop the midday Miami sun from penetrating her grief. But the sun still hit the window full force and illuminated the shade like a Chinese lantern.

She sat silently in a wheelchair, her 93-year-old silhouette stooped in the bathing light. I entered, held her hand for a moment and introduced myself. “Sit down, doctor,” she said politely. (more…)

After55 Living Radio Episode 20 – All About Wells Fargo Elder Services

This episode of After55 Living Radio features Liz Reeve-Calley and Chuck Newman of Wells Fargo Elder Services in Sun City, Arizona discussing the many facets of their elder services program and how it benefits the seniors it serves.

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HOW TO HEAL FROM GRIEF

When I first viewed this, I knew I would post it on our blog. What I also knew was I would share a brief synopsis of my own journey of grief. The one thing I discovered about grief is, it takes it own course and it is best to let it run the course it needs to go. When I lost mom, all that appeared to come forth was strength as I wanted to help dad through grieving his wife of 64 years. I was numb. And I could hardly believe it when dad died 3 months later and I found myself sitting back in that damn cemetery. Up to that point I had always viewed cemeteries with reverence for the deceased but seeing a headstone with both my parents names on it was horrifying. I learned we all grieve differently and we all grieve over different periods of time. (more…)

DR. EVA MOR – “MAKING THE GOLDEN YEARS GOLDEN”

Wonderful short video packed with helpful tips on, “Making the Golden Years Golden”, by Dr. Eva Mor. She discusses 7 steps to help take some of the anxiety out of growing older. Get your pen and paper out as it’s worth taking notes!

Digital Publishing for Seniors – find digital editions of senior resource guides, magazines, brochures and newspapers at the the web’s only interactive library for aging adults at www.after55.com

WHEN THE HOSPITAL SAYS ‘SO LONG’

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Here’s an informative article from the New York Times. The New York Times has a great blog called, “The New Old Age”, which addresses many subjects relating to growing older. I found this particular article to be immensely valuable. Enjoy!

May 13, 2009, 7:00 am
 
When the Hospital Says ‘So Long’
By Maggie Jones

Last December, a hospital discharge coordinator called my husband to detail plans for the release of my 84-year-old father-in-law. After a few days in the hospital — his dementia and several other ailments had reached a tipping point — he was leaving for a nursing home. Given the limited availability of nursing home beds, the discharge coordinator said (more…)

ALZHEIMER’S – A YOUNG MAN’s JOURNEY WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER

Alzheimer’s is a disease which affects most families. In my own family, every woman, with the exception of one aunt, has had Alzheimer’s or Dementia. I make a point of reading everything I can on Alzheimer’s. When I saw this video on YouTube I was so touched as it is from a young man whose grandmother has Alzheimer’s. He is sharing what he has found out about the disease and the symptoms he witnessed in his grandmother.

Anyone needing more information on alzheimer’s can go to www.alz.org . The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Digital Publishing for Seniors – find digital editions of senior resource guides, magazines, brochures and newspapers at the the web’s only interactive library for aging adults at www.after55.com

ELDER LAW AND GUARDIANSHIP

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. released this video on Guardianship. It’s a subject I personally need to know more about. It’s short, yet informative. Happy learning.

Any family looking for a reputable and knowledgeable attorney who specializes in elder law should visit the website for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys at www.naela.com

Digital Publishing for Seniors – find digital editions of senior resource guides, magazines, brochures and newspapers at the the web’s only interactive library for aging adults at www.after55.com

AZ GOVERNOR’S ADVISORY COUNCIL ON AGING – June 4, 2009

photo – courtesy of my camera…Arizona sunsets are unbelievable

This e-mail is provided as a courtesy of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. It is our intent to offer the Legislative Update weekly during the 2009 session of the Arizona State Legislature. The purpose of this service is to keep Arizona’s seniors and advocates for aging services informed about bills and action taking place at the Legislature. The information provided is intended to help you form your own opinion about an issue and to give you the necessary resources and contacts to help ensure your perspective and voice are heard. Please note the Legislative Update is non-partisan in nature. We thank you for your interest!
GENERAL OVERVIEW: (more…)

CLEANING OUT STUFF TO GAIN FREEDOM – SENIOR LIVING

photo courtesy of flickr and robert huffstutter

The Assisted Living Federation of America reported that parting with “stuff” is keeping some seniors from moving into assisted living communities. The Household Moves Project has been launched which will look at how a seniors stuff can hinder a senior from living independently, safely, and as healthy as possible. This three-year project will follow 100 individuals and 65 couples in and around Kansas City and Detroit from the time they decide to move into smaller spaces until after the move. This is a subject near and dear to my (more…)

DOCTORS ARE OPTING OUT OF MEDICARE

photo courtesy of flickr and grant neufeld

This article was wriiten by Julie Connelly in the April 2, 2009 edition of The New York Times –

DOCTORS ARE OPTING OUT OF MEDICARE

EARLY this year, Barbara Plumb, a freelance editor and writer in New York who is on Medicare, received a disturbing letter. Her gynecologist informed her that she was opting out of Medicare. When Ms. Plumb asked her primary-care doctor to recommend another gynecologist who took Medicare, the doctor responded that she didn’t know any — and that if Ms. Plumb found one she liked, could she call and tell her the name? (more…)