Well, apparently there’s a cure for gray hair now, according to a press release from The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
Over the weekend, I came across a perfectly dreadful essay about how awful it is to look old.
In my earliest interaction with Facebook in 2007, one of the first things I discovered were dozens of sites devoted to hating old people. Nothing has changed since.
It’s bugged me for years that conventional wisdom, along with the FBI and others, assert that elders fall victim to scams more frequently than younger people.
Yesterday, Marcie talked about encountering elder paranoia, no free lunches, professionalism and differences in dress habits of the young and old. Here is Part 2:
I generally don’t write about commercial enterprises but I was intrigued with the 27-year-old entrepreneur who developed a social network for 55+ communities.
Mr. President, is it possible you do not understand what chained CPI is or how it will affect elders for the rest of our lives?
Old people regularly lament our short-term memory lapses and we often do it with rueful jokes as if we are whistling past the graveyard of brain cells.
I had been making notes for an update on Oprah’s decades of extolling the virtues of eternal youth but I then ran across a ChangingAging post I could have written.
If you have been reading Time Goes By for a couple of years or more, you know that there is growing evidence that your personal attitude toward getting old can affect your health and even your longevity.
Nothing about politics today or even about the politicians who want to kill Social Security. Just a couple of things you definitely need to know. SWITCH TO ELECTRONIC-ONLY BENEFIT PAYMENTS Although we’ve mentioned this before, it has been awhile and…
Recently Jeremy Mykaels found himself on the wrong end of such an Ellis Act eviction and he is fighting back. He has been speaking at community events and has created EllisHurtsSeniors.org which includes a boycott list of 31 San Francisco properties not to buy because the owners recently used the Ellis Act to evict one or more senior or disabled tenants.
Since he is gay himself, he’s particularly conscious of the danger to older gay men living with HIV on fixed incomes. They have spent a lifetime creating a network of social connections and medical services they will never be able to duplicate in a new locality.
Here’s some of Mykaels’ story:
As the debate on the fiscal cliff was winding down toward the deadline earlier this week, Representative Steve LaTourette (R–OH) is said to have told his Congressional colleagues:
“We should not take a package put together by a bunch of sleep-deprived octogenarians on New Year’s Eve.”
After an offer from President Obama to throw elders under the economic bus by changing the way Social Security cost-of-living adjustments are made from the current CPI-W to the chained CPI which would reduce increases, the fiscal cliff bill finally passed Tuesday night without that provision.
But not without scaring Social Security beneficiaries nearly into early graves, particularly those whose monthly income is in the hundreds of dollars – nowhere near adequate to feed, clothe and shelter oneself.
Another year, another ailment. And nobody ever tells you to expect them.
So there was Crabby Old Lady last Thursday afternoon sitting in the place she can most frequently be found – in front of the computer. She doesn’t recall what she was doing when, with no warning, there were a bunch of black strings and spots in front of one eye.
She blinked. She blinked some more. The strings and spots remained swirling here and there as Crabby glanced from side to side.
Interesting videos after the jump.
Cats are mysterious, mercurial and manipulative beings, ever unpredictable and fascinating. Certainly they are loyal to the humans they happen to like and are sometimes known to behave altruistically toward people, especially children.
That last attribute, however, is more commonly in the repertoire of dogs and this video is a beautiful example. A Labrador with a Down syndrome toddler who isn’t sure he wants the dog’s attention at all. But the dog gently and patiently perseveres.
Millions of people save some vacation for this time of year and the week between Christmas and New Years has always felt to me like a vaguely pleasant waiting period, even when I was employed and at work. Now? I’m mostly frittering away the days this year.
TGB reader, Bev Carney, keeps me up on internet happenings and she forwarded this new video of Henri the depressed French cat in an episode made especially for the season.
Depending on the newsletters you subscribe to, perhaps you too have been swamped with email this week from Democratic and Progressive organizations. There is a good reason: two days ago President Barack Obama, in fiscal cliff negotiations with House Speaker…
Not long ago ago, I told you about a book I recently purchased titled The Art of Aging with a lot of quotations from writers of many historical eras. It continues to engage me. Here is the editor, Wayne Booth, on the subject of age humor:
”Why is humor about aging so effective – when it works – and so exasperating – at least to the elderly – most of the time? No doubt because effective comedy preserves the losses while transcending them, while too many attempts at humor simply fall into denials…”