For a long while during the middle years of the 20th century, my great Aunt Edith (see Timeline series about her here) worked as the executive secretary of the Oregon Funeral Directors Association. Undoubtedly, this accounts for my ease with…Continue Reading
”J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, testified before Congress this month that the I.R.S. detected 940,000 fake returns for 2010 in which identity thieves would have received $6.5 billion in refunds. “But Mr. George said the…Continue Reading
This blog is one of the few places I’ve ever found that openly discusses leaky pipes – urinary incontinence – which, some research says, affects about 35 to 45 percent of older women and only slightly fewer men older than 60.Continue Reading
There appears to be a hierarchy of old age diseases and afflictions rated on the “cool” scale. The higher the ranking, the more talk and exchange of information there is and, I would argue, the more attention is paid.
Cataracts are highly rated. Organ transplants are way up there, definitely cool to talk about. So is bypass surgery. Even prostate exams and colonoscopies, while lower on the scale than – oh, say, dental implants, are discussed these days, although dentures are not.
Nor are hearing aids.Continue Reading
If you would rather be buried in a casket, this post probably is not for you. But after Saturday’s Interesting Stuff item about James Doohan’s ashes being carried into space last week, I wondered about the ways people deal with…Continue Reading
We were speaking of retirement earlier this week and when I ran across a news item I had saved, I decided why not go whole hog in one week on this topic. According to a study by the Employee Research…Continue Reading
Like some of the elders discussed in Part 1 of this series, I was forced into retirement before my time but luckier that it was before the 2008 crash. Laid off in 2004, my young colleagues were finding new jobs…Continue Reading
Reporter Floyd Norris, writing in The New York Times on Saturday, had this to say about retiring from the workforce: ”THE retirement dream seems further away for a lot of baby boomers, and they appear to be responding to that…Continue Reading