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Restoring dignity to eldercare

by Evan Henerson

3 days ago

Santa Monica-based filmmaker Dale Bell with two residents of the Green House in Sheridan, Wyo. Bell’s documentary “Homes on the Range” charts the growth of the Green House model of eldercare, a movement for which he advocates. Photo courtesy of the Media Policy Center

The footage was positively golden, and Dale Bell was savvy enough to recognize both its emotional — and purse-string — potential.  

Mildred Adams, a nearly catatonic woman, was brought... read full article

  • L.A.’s newest rookie transplant: Elaine Soloway

    by Esther D. Kustanowitz

    3 days ago

    Next time you move cross-country to Los Angeles, do it the Elaine Soloway way. (The SoloWay?) Pack whatever you can into flat-rate Priority Mail boxes from the post office and mail them over a period of six months. Get a place on airbnb.com in a hip L.A. neighborhood, close to...

  • My life as a retired millennial

    by Tess Cutler

    3 days ago

    Two weeks after my 21st birthday — when most of my friends were just beginning to enjoy post-college freedom — I moved into a retirement community in Palm Desert. 

    My parents had a second home in Sun City Palm Desert, an “active adult community” located in the Coachella Valley,...

  • Israel invites you to pedal with purpose, hike for hope

    by Michele Chabin

    December 17, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    Three years ago, Betsy Diamant-Cohen had a double knee replacement. Once healed, the Baltimore resident got on a bicycle and slowly built up her strength to the point that she recently flew to Israel to participate in a cycling fundraiser for the Arava Institute and Hazon Israel...

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  • An instrumental leader

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

    December 17, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Howard Banchik will tell you there’s a lot more to music and learning to play an instrument than meets the ears.

    The co-founder of real-estate investment firm Westwood Financial Corp. in Los Angeles and member of University Synagogue in Brentwood credits learning to play music as...

  • Loss turns to gain with young at heart

    By Ayala Or-el

    December 17, 2014 | 9:54 am

    After her mother passed away a little over a year ago, Ofra Bennun watched her father slowly begin to decline. After 62 years of a loving marriage, it was hard for Israel Knan, 83, to be alone. 

    So Bennun made sure that he wasn’t, creating a 60-plus club for Israeli seniors like...

  • Swinging with The 5th Dementia

    by Roberto Loiederman

    November 25, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    Twice a week, four older men get together to make music. There may be nothing unusual about that, but aging has not been kind to them: To varying degrees, they’ve been affected by dementia or Parkinson’s disease. 

    Nevertheless, when they get together and play standards from the...

  • ‘Sleepless in America’ reveals eye-opening truth about lack of sleep

    by Gerri Miller

    November 25, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    Can’t fall asleep? Not getting enough sleep? You’re not alone, and that sleep deprivation may be causing a lot more damage than you realize.

    Waking up earlier, going to bed later and getting far less sleep than our bodies require not only makes us tired and unable to function, it...

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