Browsing All posts tagged under »Elderly«

Keeping the Elderly Relevant

November 21, 2016

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Every holiday season, and in some other seasons too, we will make the traditional pilgrimages to our relatives’ homes, and within a couple of days, we are reminded of why we moved out in the first place.  You know what they say:  fish and house guests stink after three days. On this year’s Thanksgiving odyssey […]

Why Are Our 30s the Best Years of Our Lives?

May 9, 2014

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I think it all comes down to the assumption that at that age, you are assumed to be worthy of respect. Catherine Rampell, 29 years old and writing for the Washington Post, ponders a somewhat non-scientific survey of centenarians and 65-year-olds. Both groups were asked which stage of their lives they recalled most fondly; the […]

“Eh, Who Cares? I’m Gonna Die Soon Anyway!” So… Go Play!

February 7, 2014

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When my Cajun grandmother got up around 80 years old, she started hitting her bucket list – hard.  First it was a cruise, harmless enough.  But then she ramped it up, going whitewater rafting and even skydiving.  “Now, now, ma’am,” the well-meaning would say, in that tone that made “ma’am” sound not like a form […]

When Nursing Homes Don’t Nurse, Why Pay to Live There?

March 4, 2013

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A 911 dispatcher pleads, an employee** refuses to perform CPR, and a resident dies (updated) My Dad’s greatest fear was The Nursing Home.  Thanks to my brother, he was able to stay in his own home until his final brief illness.  But what about those of us who don’t have kids, or whose kids are […]

Keeping the Elderly Relevant

November 26, 2012

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Every holiday season, and in some other seasons too, we will make the traditional pilgrimages to our relatives’ homes, and within a couple of days, we are reminded of why we moved out in the first place.  You know what they say:  fish and house guests stink after three days. On this year’s Thanksgiving odyssey […]

Strange Justice: Police Cleared After Killing Elderly Black Man Over Medical Alert

June 1, 2012

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Here’s one I don’t understand.  According to CNN, a 68-year-old, fragile man, Kenneth Chamberlain, was in his own apartment when his medical alert device went off accidentally.  First responders were notified that the alert device was going off and Chamberlain needed medical help.  Medical help.  Keep that in mind as you read on.  An ambulance […]