Archive | April, 2013

The Alzheimer Epidemic and Its Implications

30 Apr
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93 Year-Old Yoga Instructor Also Dances a Mean Tango

28 Apr

Meet another awesome nonagenarian.

Are you a super senior? Do you know a super senior? Do tell what makes you or that individual transcend stereotypes about agin

Seniors Moments

27 Apr

Back for a visit with my mom. Retirement homes like hers in are marketed as lifestyle properties for “mature adults”. It is one of several  in Canada owned by Sunrise Senior Living, a publicly traded U.S. based company.

This residence has nine floors of luxury apartments for residents who need little or no assistance with activities of daily living. There is also a floor for people who need constant care and another for individuals with dementia-related illnesses.
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This gentleman lives on the assisted living floor. Right now he’s sitting in the gym with a caregiver and watching my son and his cousin go wild and crazy in the water. The smile on his face makes me wonder if he’s thinking about his own youth.

Sandwiched Men Are Out There, Here’s One of Them

26 Apr

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So much has been written and said about sandwiched women, you would think the sandwich generation is a “women only” club, but that’s simply false. Men are just as likely to be stuck in the middle between aging parents and their own family. I know this because my older brother is one of those men. Due to proximity, he is the one most likely to tend to my mother’s frequent requests for shopping and transportation. Somehow, between escorting my mother to a scheduled 1:15 pm doctor’s appointment that didn’t happen until 3:30 and getting  down to his real  job, he found the time to offer up the following glimpse into his life:

I’m the executor of my late uncle’s estate. It’s not a job, but it is an all-encompassing responsibility. And it keeps me running from the  lawyer to the bank with the odd side trip to the accountant. I’m also one of two POA’s for my 81 year old mother who has Alzheimer’s, is going blind, and lives in a fashionable retirement home when she needs to be in a nursing home to get the proper care and attention she needs.

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Woman Celebrates 90th Birthday by Skydiving

21 Apr

I don’t know this woman but I think I  love her. If I live to see my 90th birthday, I want to follow her example.

Now that you’ve seen her jump out of a plane for the first time, you decide. Remarkable lady or a little crazy?

Fresh Side Friday — Love Notes from a Seven Year Old.

19 Apr

Before I head off to do battle on behalf of the older side of the sandwich to which I am the meat in the middle, I did want to add something for this Fresh Side Friday.

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Some might think it’s hard to parent such a young child on my own while dealing with the needs of aging family members. I think my arrival at parenthood so late in life is a blessing. And I’m grateful for having a seven-year-old rather than a teenager right now. My son is indeed a  handful of silliness and potty talk, but I’ll gladly take his poop tales over my mother’s. And I will happily take notes like this over teenage angst any day.

Rethinking Age

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Watch and see what 86 looks like.

I realize not all of my readers are gymnasts, but can you do that?

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