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  • Menopause Goes Mainstream

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After years of being talked about in hushed tones as "the change of life" -- or not being talked about at all -- menopause is now in the spotlight. Two recent plays, "Is it Hot in Here ... Or Is it Me?" and "Menopause the Musical" literally put menopause center stage. A support group...

  • Helping Your Parent Defeat Depression

    By Dr. Rachelle Zukerman

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sally H., an 80-year-old Fairfax resident, recently fell into inconsolable sadness after her canary died. To her family, her intense and prolonged sorrow seemed out of place because Sally had only bought the pet a few months earlier.

    "It was only a bird!" they said.

    What her...

  • Sandwiched Between Generations

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Like many working mothers, Rose Ziff was already spread pretty thin when she took on care-giving responsibility for her 85-year-old mother. The Culver City resident works full time as an administrator at UCLA. She and her husband, Ron, are raising two daughters, ages 12 and 10, and...

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  • Myriad Options for Senior Living

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    At the ages of 83 and 84, Rose and Sam Leff began to feel isolated in their two-bedroom Woodland Hills apartment. "We had given up driving, so there really wasn't too much for us to do," Rose said.

    The Leffs decided to move to a residential care facility at the Jewish Home for the...

  • Writers: Redd Still Gold on TV Land

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Fred calls Lamont a "big dummy." Aunt Esther warns Fred to "Watch it, sucka!" Fred fakes a heart attack, crying out heavenward, "Elizabeth, I'm comin' to join you!"

    Thirty years ago, when few representations of blacks appeared on television, "Sanford & Son," starring Redd Foxx,...

  • Lunch at Langer’s With Eddie and Irv

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Some Fridays, if I'm lucky, I get to eat pastrami with Irv and Eddie at Langer's, the great old delicatessen on Seventh and Alvarado streets across from MacArthur Park. Irv and Eddie are in their 80s, so the fight over the check begins before they even order anything.

    "You were...

  • Octogenarian Sets Sail With Memoir

    By Dan Pine

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Keeping Ahead of Winter" written and illustrated by Ruth Silnes (Xlibris Corporation, $21.99).

    Run a Google search of "Jews" plus "boats" and you'll likely come up with something about steamships and Ellis Island.

    Then there's Ruth Silnes, one Jewish mariner who refuses to go...

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