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— I winced when I received the Newsletter of my ALF. The Newsletter for the Spring months of March or April is usually devoted to the reawakening of nature, a celebration, both religious and mythological, of what Stravinsky imagined musically, as “The Rites of Spring.” The “rite” celebrated in the Newsletter was presented as a poem, which hallowed the Spring Christian holiday, Easter, taking for granted that others make the same assumption about the religious nature of Spring. I understand why …

— Ombudsman is a word that you’ve heard all your life and may have a slight idea of the definition. According to Wikipedia an ombudsman\ is an official who is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or a violation of rights.[1] My experience with the word “Ombudsman” began years ago when my parents were living in the same long-term care facility. My mother was a resident in its memory care; my father …

— The ALF (Assisted Living Facility) I live in is located in a college town. That means all, or most, of our caregivers are university students. This has significant implications for our care. Since most of the residents are in their seventies or eighties, these young women – “she” is the usual personal pronoun used when talking about a caregiver – could be our granddaughters. It would be nice if they thought of us as “grandpa” or “grandma.” For the most part though, …

— Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler long I stood Robert Frost   Which way should we elders travel during our final years? As we creep toward life’s end, what choice should we make to reach our destination:  the uninterrupted long road, the unfettered inexorable journey, or the short cut, with its branches, brambles, and boulders. We need direction. Doctor and teacher, Atul Gawande has helped elders face this …

—   It was April 1994. The newly elected President of the United States, Bill Clinton, was appearing at a Forum on Youth and Violence and other weighty subjects to which a president is compelled to apply his wisdom and intellect, while assuming the gravitas image assumed to be held by those who inhabit the Oval Office.   The Forum was sponsored by the 24- hour rock video cable network, MTV   The wavy-haired, young President stood tall as he faced …

— I reckon when you read the title of this blog you think I’m going to rhapsodize about my Primary Care Provider – doctor – or conversely demonize him – truth be told, he’s actually a her. Fooled ya!   As Shakespeare so wisely observed back in 1599, in the famous speech, “The Seven Ages of Man,” in his pastoral-comedy, As You Like It, we end up like we began, a bouncing baby morphs into a trembling old man (or woman.) …

— Hank hates prunes. At least in liquid form. At the dining table, when a caregiver/server pushes a glass of prune juice in front of him, his nose wrinkles, his nostrils spread, the lines on his forehead squeeze together, his eye’s external apparatus – lids, lashes, and brows – squish down – as though he were constipated. Ironic, because that’s the majeure raison for the prune juice in the first place -to ameliorate constipation. Hank turns to me with a wondering …

— Get Your Questions Answered at AARP’s Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Navigating Insurance for Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 4 p.m. PT Part 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 4 p.m. PT Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover …

— ‘Tis the season to be jolly – especially if $$ signs have replaced your natural pupils. There’s the jolly-hippy-haired-and-bearded-pipe-smoking-alternative-transportation-deer-loving-chimney-hugger-obese senior citizen. But there’s also the classic Detroit-era cards, the snazzy hybrids and electrics competing to be gift, as well as the matresses that make you sleep like a baby. Ha!  And don’t forget the discount stores, the departments stores and the online stores , with their Christmas Holiday pane-glass displays for potential customers. But for those of us – the old and disabled folks …