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  • Sharing experience in Israel

    December 30, 2015 | 10:33 am

    The after-school homework help program at the Mercaz Kagan community center in Katamon Tet, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Jerusalem, buzzes with activity, thanks in part to the Skilled Volunteers for Israel program. 

    Launched in 2011, the program matches experienced North...

  • Senior living facilities: 5 topics to consider

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    December 30, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Making the choice that an aging parent is ready for a senior living facility is not easy. Finding the right place to call their new home can be even harder.

    When going through the process of finding a facility that’s the right fit for a parent or other relative, it’s important to...

  • Parents of a certain age

    December 30, 2015 | 9:57 am

    Unclear what stage of life you’re in? Here is a surefire way to tell: Check the titles of the books and magazines sitting on your nightstand or downloaded onto your Kindle.

    Over the past 20-something years, the magazines next to my bed have gone from Brides to Pregnancy to...

  • From selfies to spirituality

    September 17, 2015 | 10:47 am

    Mel Alexenberg is an artist, educator, writer and blogger working at the interface between art, science, technology and culture whose artworks are in the collections of more than 40 museums worldwide. Now the conceptual artist is offering the digital generation a way to find life’s...

  • Israeli artist’s stained glass creations bring life, light to community

    By Gerri Miller

    September 16, 2015 | 3:49 pm

    Inside the sanctuary at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJRCA), a transdenominational seminary located in Koreatown, the atmosphere is rather dark and somber. Except, that is, for the brightly colored ner tamid above the ark.

    Made of stained glass, the 60-pound...

  • Auction house employee is going ... going ... not gone

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    September 16, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    Ruth Weinberg got a secretarial job at the Abell Auction Co. in 1943. Seventy-two years later, she still goes into the office every Thursday to answer phones, work on the computer and talk to bidders from that day’s auction. 

    The 93-year-old Cheviot Hills resident said she never...

  • A view from age 90

    August 19, 2015 | 2:18 pm

    I recently had my 90th birthday, and from this elderly perch there are some observations I want to share on the most important lessons I have learned about living a full and gratifying life.

    I have tried to live by three rules:

    • Live life as an adventure.

    • Live with...

  • Navigating the dating game

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    February 12, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    Technology has revolutionized the dating world, but sometimes it’s better to go old school — especially if you’re on the older side yourself. 

    Just ask Judith Gottesman, a former geriatric social worker who’s been running her matchmaking business, Soul Mates Unlimited (whose...

  • My life as a retired millennial

    By Tess Cutler

    January 29, 2015 | 11:02 am

    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,...

  • Enhanced immune system could cure Alzheimer’s

    March 19, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    Imagine being able to inhibit or reverse a universal affliction — brain degeneration — and specific diseases or physical injuries that cause its sudden onset. This is precisely what Michal Schwartz has spent the last two decades studying, with revolutionary results.

    Schwartz is...

  • When the extreme elderly slip away

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 19, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    When I woke my nearly 97-year-old mother at noon one day recently, she was delighted with my presence. Leaning in closely so she could see me, despite her macular degeneration, and hear me, despite her near-deafness, we talked about sweet nothings.

    Her new normal is confusion....

  • The power of two

    January 31, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Lee Shoag is the kind of husband who tells his wife he loves her wrinkles.

    Barbara Shoag says her husband’s excess pounds mean she has more of him to hug.

    But when the Reform Jews from Long Beach, both 74, took a whitewater rafting trip several years ago and found themselves...

  • You know you’re a boomer if ...

    By Pat Sierchio

    July 19, 2013 | 10:55 am

    — You grew up believing that eating all your vegetables would help starving children in China.

    — You took an Iowa Test with a No. 2 pencil in school … and that’s all you ever knew about Iowa.

    — When you were a child, your favorite television shows were hosted by clowns, cowboys...

  • Giving as a fountain of youth

    By Rachel Heller

    May 23, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Al Azus has found his fountain of youth, and he’s not keeping it a secret. In fact, the 92-year-old philanthropist recently published a memoir whose title all but gives his formula away: “Live Longer by Giving.”

    Azus has donated time, energy and millions of dollars from his...

  • The Torah of our lives: On writing the next chapter

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    May 23, 2012 | 10:22 am

    “Boomers [people born between 1946 and 1964] are the first generation in human history … to reasonably anticipate living well and wholesomely into their 80s and 90s, if not beyond,” sociologist Steven Cohen writes. “But not only are Jews (as others) living longer, they are...

  • Three generations will march, witness, remember

    By  Lee Barnathan

    March 21, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    As the Germans marched toward the tiny French hamlet of Autrans, 10-year-old Eva Perlman (nee Gutmann) watched as an obviously frightened 17-year-old boy fled from a sawmill into the woods. The Germans shot him on sight.
    It was 1942, and the boy wasn’t even Jewish, Perlman says.

  • It keeps you young

    By Pini Herman

    January 26, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    Jonathan, my older son, recently cradled our 7-year-old Cavadoodle in his arms and made dog-year calculations in his head.

    “I don’t think Pawsy is going to have children, because he’s 49 years old,” he said.

    Then he looked at me. “Although you had me when you were...

  • At 95, Kip’s Toyland owner ready for more fun and games

    By Rachel Heller

    December 22, 2011 | 11:25 am

    On a chilly Monday morning in late November, the sunlit patio outside Kip’s Toyland in the original Farmers Market was awash in anticipation. Reporters and city officials milled about, and passers-by with cameras hovered among the tables and chairs. A birthday surprise was in store...

  • Powerlifting: She started late, but it was worth the wait

    October 25, 2011 | 7:53 pm

    Ellen Stein is 58 years old but says she doesn’t feel like it. Indeed, Stein is a woman who seems to defy age — a competitive powerlifter who still wins meets against women born in decades when she was already well into adulthood. She is, to put it simply, a competitor, and...

  • Controlling who shall live and who shall die … and when

    By Ellie Kahn

    October 25, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    My 93-year-old father and I have little left to say to each other.

    He sleeps while I sit by his side. Every so often, Dad wakes up, and looks with some confusion around his small room, at the hospital bed, the TV and the whiteboard where someone has printed in large letters:...

  • Am I still relevant at 60?

    July 26, 2011 | 6:03 pm

    The evening began as the sunset performed like fine public art, sliding slowly behind a deepening blue and glowing orange Mediterranean Sea. Next door, the minaret of a long-abandoned mosque cast its shadow upon the ancient port below. Distant lights came alive in the soaring high...

  • Spry centenarian reveals key to longevity

    July 26, 2011 | 6:00 pm

    Alfred Raider strolled up to the bimah when he was called for the third aliyah during a recent Shabbat morning service at Shaarey Zedek Congregation, an Orthodox congregation in Valley Village. After services, family, friends and fellow congregants gathered to join Raider for the...

  • Leo Baeck’s community of elders bridges the generation gap

    By Rachel Heller

    May 24, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    About 40 seniors gathered in a sunny community room at Leo Baeck Temple on a Wednesday morning as Fredda Wasserman, adult program director of Our House: Grief Support Center, discussed the nuances of mourning the loss of a loved one. Many clutched tissues and dabbed at their eyes...

  • How lying down on the job pays off

    May 24, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Can you put a price on a good night’s sleep? Earl Kluft thinks so. But it will cost you.

    Kluft, 62, is CEO of the family-run E.S. Kluft & Co., and he made headlines last year with his king-size Palais Royale plush mattress, which sells at Bloomingdales and Macy’s for $33,000.

  • The Circuit: 50 Plus

    By Adam Wills

    March 22, 2011 | 6:28 pm

    Skirball music director Yatrika Shah-Rais presents Fred Katz with a birthday cake as John and Jeanne Pisano look on. Photo by Bonnie Perkinson

    Jazz composer, cellist and pianist Fred Katz performed during a retrospective of his career at the Skirball Cultural Center on Feb. 20....

  • Silverado facility confronts elder abuse

    March 22, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Elmore Kittower was 80 when he died in November 2007 at Silverado Senior Living, an assisted-living facility in Calabasas. His death was initially attributed to natural causes; at the time, a sheriff’s deputy told Kittower’s wife of 49 years, Rita, that her husband had “just...

  • Birthdays in Israel, then and now

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 22, 2011 | 6:06 pm

    Birthdays with a zero have a special purchase on the imagination. Whether one turns 40 or 70, that zero marks a turning point, the end of an old decade and the beginning of a new one, a chance to take stock: what in Hebrew is called cheshbon ha-nefesh — literally, an accounting of...

  • Peace Corps at 50 draws volunteers over 50

    February 22, 2011 | 6:45 pm

    Lillian Mizrahi is not your typical Peace Corps volunteer. She first considered joining 40 years ago, when she moved to Los Angeles from the Bronx, but her life became busy with children and a career.

    “Two years ago, I got a postcard that said, ‘Baby Boomers, we want you,’...

  • Of Time, and a Father’s First Century

    February 2, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    My father understands unwinnable conflicts. He has been fighting a personal war against time since 1911.  “Where does the time go?” he is likely even now to be wondering out loud to a stack of magazines and mail he has yet to get to, but will.

    He’s not one for birthdays, his own at...

  • Jewish grandfather wins Australian poker tourney

    January 31, 2011 | 10:20 am

    A Jewish grandfather from Melbourne won the world’s second-largest poker tournament.

    David Gorr, 68, took the nearly $2 million prize Sunday in the Crown Aussie Millions Main Event 2011 tournament, beating 721 competitors, including the top poker players from around the world.

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