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AS a young woman, Joan Cain never dreamed that she would go to Antarctica, Alaska and Russia — much less all three in one year. ”I only started traveling about 10 years ago,” she said recently, now 59, a paralegal and living in Atlanta. She is planning to take all three trips with the adventure company ElderTreks. ”After my husband died I discovered that traveling was my passion,” said Ms. Cain. (more…)
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As a CSA, Certified Senior Advisor, I receive many emails detailing cutting edge technologies/concepts which all have to do with our senior population. The article below was in a newsletter I received today from the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. The information is relevant to all of us.
ICE: In Case of Emergency – A simple and effective way of providing emergency responders with a direct line to you. (more…)
We spoke with Dr. Aaron Petersen of Southwestern Eye Center in Sun City, AZ about how to recognize, diagnose and successfully treat cataracts in older adults.
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Learn about Hospice from Linda Vance, Director of Volunteer Services for Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. She talks about how hospice cares for the family unit, how to use Medicare to pay for hospice care and how hospice care is not only for the last 48 hours of life.
Volunteers are a vital part of the day-today operations of hospice. Find out about how volunteering for hospice can be a life changing experience.
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All Things Considered, February 7, 2008 · Ninety years ago, Harry Richard Landis enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was 18 years old and served about 60 days before World War I came to an end.
Landis died in Florida on Monday at age 108. It is widely believed that Landis’ death leaves only one surviving American veteran of the Great War: 107-year-old Frank Buckles of Charles Town, W.Va.
For more than a decade, photographer David DeJonge has been documenting U.S. veterans of the conflicts of the 20th century. He met Landis at his retirement home near Tampa, Fla., last year.
DeJonge tells Robert Siegel that they talked about the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 and the young soldier’s duties during his brief service in World War I.
“We’re trying to capture the rest of these stories, share them with the world, so they can understand this great war,” DeJonge says.
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Who can you turn to when a mature adult can no longer look after their finances, medications or other personal affairs? We spoke with Candace Bow of Arizona Guardians about the role of a Certified Fiduciary. She discusses guardianship, conservatorship and how to engage a certified fiduciary to protect seniors from exploitation and abuse. She also talks about the certification process and why it is important to only engage the services of those who have been certified by the state to assist seniors.
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The New York Times
Staying A Step Ahead Of Aging by Gina Kolata
YOU know what is supposed to happen when you grow old. You will slow down, you will grow weak, your steps will become short and mincing, and you will lose your sense of balance. That’s what aging researchers consistently find, and it’s no surprise to most of us.
But it is worth remembering that the people in those studies were sedentary, said Dr. Vonda Wright, a professor of orthopedics at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Wright, a 40-year-old runner, decided to study people who kept training as they got older or began competing in middle age. She wanted to know what happens to them and at what age does performance start to decline.
Their results are surprising, (more…)