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Archive for March, 2012

Putting in a good word for what to call older adults

Question: I recently was in the grocery store when a young checkout girl called me “honey.” I found the term quite patronizing. I replied, “I’m old enough to be your mother and if I were your mother, you would have known better not to call me “honey.” Also, I had an incident occur on my [...]

Adjusting to change can be especially difficult for elderly

Question: My 84-year-old cousin has been a widow for 10 years. She has been independent, positive, outgoing, attended lectures and all kinds of events – until she fell and injured her elbow. Although she recovered from the fall and injury, something has changed. She has stopped driving and now has a housekeeper who drives her. [...]

The joke is on those who belittle older adults

Dear Readers: Over the years, many have asked me to comment on public policy issues, political debates and other contemporary topics. My response has been the same: “I write about successful aging and avoid taking sides on important and often controversial issues.” This week I’d like to change my tune, at least for this one [...]