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INTERESTING STUFF – 8 November 2014 by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health It took 72 years of life together but in September, Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes could finally marry in Iowa. Watch. You can read more here . ... Read on »
Bad News Election for Elders by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Because there aren't many Republicans who hang around this blog – well, at least among the people who comment – I am assuming most of you are as disheartened as I am follo ... Read on »
Free-Floating Fear of Dementia – Part 2 by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health In Part 1 yesterday , we had a good discussion about not just the fear of dementia but about more benign kinds of cognitive dissonance and memory lapses that commonly plag ... Read on »
Free-Floating Fear of Dementia – Part 1 by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Alzheimer's disease gets a lot of good press. I know that sounds stupid or, maybe, heartless to some but bear with me a moment. What I mean is that of the leading cau ... Read on »
Election Day 2014: Vote, Dammit by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Pretty much all the polls are telling us that with today's vote, the Republicans will become the majority party in the Senate thereby controlling both houses of the Congre ... Read on »
Retirement – 10 Years In by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Even at age 63, I had not yet thought seriously about retirement. About getting old? Yes. But not retirement. I can't say why except that unlike many people I knew then, I ... Read on »
ELDER MUSIC: 1963 Again by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my ... Read on »
INTERESTING STUFF – 1 November 2014 by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health In 2011, Glen Campbell embarked on a 151-show tour. No big deal, you would usually think, for a a big-time, pop/county music star even at age 75. Maybe so, but Glen Ca ... Read on »
Happy Halloween 2014 by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Searching for something special to celebrate Halloween here today, I couldn't find anything until this. It is a beautifully made video titled The Kingdom of Witches t ... Read on »
Email Bankruptcy by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health [EDITORIAL NOTE: It tells you something about Crabby's week, if not life, that you are getting missives (read: complaints) from her two days in a row. Aren't you lucky. ... Read on »
By the Hair on Crabby Old Lady's Chinny Chin Chin by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Before she even gets started, let Crabby Old Lady be clear: she is deeply grateful that so far – at age 73 – she has escaped the common conditions and diseases of old age. ... Read on »
A Mother's Stroke by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health ”This has to be one of the modern circles of hell, stroke. Or should we call it our plague? One day my mother is walking two miles on the beach and doing crossword puzzles ... Read on »
My Visitors From Oz by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health If you read Peter Tibbles' Elder Music column yesterday , you know that he and Norma Gates, the Assistant Musicologist, traveled all the way from Melbourne to visi ... Read on »
ELDER MUSIC: Here and There 2014 by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my ... Read on »
INTERESTING STUFF – 25 October 2014 by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health According to the story at The New York Times, ”Knots are an ancient technology. They predate the axe and the wheel, quite possibly the use of fire and maybe even ... Read on »
Old People Want More From Life than Safety by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health On Wednesday this week , I told you about Dr. Atul Gawande's exceptional new book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. The post prompted a friend I'd not h ... Read on »
Social Security COLA for 2015 by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Yesterday, the Social Security Administration announced the amount of the annual Social Security cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for 2015. It is a minor uptick of 1.7 per ... Read on »
A Super-Important, Amazing New Book on End-of-Life Care by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health For the past couple of days I've been reading Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End from Atul Gawande, the Harvard Medical School professor who is also a surg ... Read on »
Crabby Old Lady v. the Cable Company by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Crabby Old Lady does not like using her blog for rants about personal issues but every couple of years something so egregious happens that she cannot help herself. T ... Read on »
It's That Time Again - Medicare Enrollment by Ronni B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health (EDITORIAL NOTE: International readers can take the day off – most of you live in countries with more sane health programs than the United States has and don't suffer this ... Read on »