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Life is a ball…

I came across this beautiful video on  YouTube that was produced by Eskaton, an assisted living provider in Northern California. It is beautifully written and produced. Send a beautiful message about aging and dignity – “It’s not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts!”

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did!

Here’s to many more: Woman’s 103rd birthday celebrated up in the air

Photos by Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight: Air Shasta pilot David Everson talks to Marion Paul after taking her and her son Wayne on a flight over Redding in celebration of Marion's 103rd birthday Wednesday

From today’s Redding (CA) Record Searchlight by Sean Langoria…

A Redding, CA woman and her son celebrated her 103rd birthday Wednesday with a flight over the city.

Marion Paul and her 73-year-old son, Wayne, were treated to a helicopter ride around Redding as part of her birthday celebration.

“She loved it,” said Wayne Paul, also of Redding. “She was smiling and grinning, waving and pointing.” (more…)


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!

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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…)

Using Testosterone Therapy to Combat Aging in Older Men

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This brief report, which originally aired on KOAT in Albuquerque, talks about the results of a study conducted in the Netherlands related to the use of testosterone to slow or reverse the signs of aging in older men.

Technology: Helping Seniors Stay Home Longer

Technology: Helping Seniors Stay Home Longer As the baby boomer generation ages and the amount of healthcare workers to take care of them decreases, experts are looking for solutions. The fine folks over at Carnegie Mellon University have adopted the attitude “Well if we can’t find elderly care workers, we’ll build them!” And that’s exactly what their research team did. Introducing Flo: a personal robotic assistant for the elderly, or Nursebot. The project was tested in a Pittsburgh nursing home, where Flo would help guide people around and would remind them when it was time to eat or when it was appropriate to take their medications. The goal is to have Flo at home, providing assistance for people whose chronic disorders prevent them from living normal lives. (more…)

Older Travelers Hit the Road

Originally printed in The New York Times:

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…)

A Blind Date That Turned into 60 Years

With all of the doom and gloom in the news lately, it was great to come across this happy story from NPR:


They’ve been together for over a half-century — but Ben and Bernice Finn met on a blind date. It was eight months after the end of World War II, and Ben had recently returned home to Brooklyn, N.Y., after serving in the Army.

“My two best friends were Hank and Eddie,” Ben said. And unlike Ben, they both had girlfriends. So, the two asked Ben if he’d like to go out with them — and a blind date.

“In those days, you wore a suit and a tie when you went on a date,” Ben said.

“I didn’t have a suit to my name. So, I bought a suit to match the tie that I had.”

That sparked a memory from Bernice: “Did it have apples on it?” (more…)

JAMA Article Claims Merck Wrote Drug Studies for Doctors

Here’s another very sad but apparently very true tidbit about how far pharmaceutical companies will go to market their products. An article that is about to be published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) claims that research studies published by Merck citing authorship by various medical experts, including a paper claiming that the popular pain killer Vioxx may also be a deterrent to the progression of Alzheimer’s may have actually been written by Merck itself. Upon investigation, the article claims that there appears to be scant evidence that the supposed authors of the study made any significant contribution to the study. There are also questions as to whether the clinical trials cited in this and other reports actually took place at all.

April 17, 2008 (NY TImes) – The drug maker Merck drafted dozens of research studies for a best-selling drug, then lined up prestigious doctors to put their names on the reports before publication, according to an article to be published Wednesday in a leading medical journal. (more…)

A new hearing aid draws raves (yes, raves!)

Tuesday, April 15 (NY Times) – Few products are hated as much as hearing aids.

The devices can squeal with feedback and overamplify background noises like the click of a turn signal or whir of a ceiling fan. They must be removed for showering or sleeping, and their batteries die frequently. Many users, out of exasperation, decide they’d rather live with hearing loss.

But now scientists have come up with a different kind of hearing aid. While the device, called the Lyric, is being used in only 500 patients, it appears to have overcome many of the problems associated with traditional hearing aids — without the expense and uncertainty of surgery and anesthesia. (more…)