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Archive for January, 2011

Live-In Family Members Can Put Strain on Elderly

Question: I am 73 years old and live in a small apartment with two grown daughters and an 18-year old grandson.  The daughter in her 50s is working for minimum wage and contributes financially.  The daughter in her 40s recently moved in with me since she lost her job.  Our monthly income is about $3,600.  [...]

Did You Hear the One About Humor and Longevity?

Question: I recently read an article about a study in Norway that found people who had a sense of humor lived longer.  Any truth to this?  And is poking fun at aging really funny?  

Gerontologist Enumerates His Responsibilities for Old Age

This week’s question is, “Who is responsible for me in my old age?”  The phrase is the title of a book edited by the late geriatrician and Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Robert N. Butler and Kenzo Kikuni (Springer, 1993) based on a symposium with the same title.