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Archive for November, 2009

Family Caregivers Face Many Changes

Question: My 74-year old mother is a challenge. She has an unknown condition affecting her balance and strength and is clear about being independent.  I arranged care for both day and night.  My mother dismissed the night person.  As a self-employed graphic designer, I fill in the time when the caregiver is not there — [...]

Dr. Gene Cohen

This is about the loss of a leader in the field of aging. The man is Dr. Gene C. Cohen, director of the Center of Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University.  He died Nov. 6.  Known as a pioneer in gerontology and geriatric psychiatry, he shifted the focus of aging from problems to [...]

Employment Frustrations

I have recently received letters and e-mails about the difficulties and frustrations in finding employment, particularly if you are a “bit older.” Therefore, this week I would like to share a newly published report by David DeLong, commissioned by the MetLife Mature Marketing Institute,  titled,  “Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?”  The title is a [...]

Health Scams

Question: I recently read a number of ads and promotions about quick fixes to health problems. At age 74, I have osteoarthritis, peripheral neuropathy, a heart condition and bad knees. Are these short-cut remedies of any value? 

Retirees, Discover What Drives You

Work experiences can serve as a starting point in creating that next chapter of life.  James Birren, the founder and former dean and executive director of USC’s Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center said it well, “You don’t know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been.”