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  • Swinging with The 5th Dementia

    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...

  • How I plan to die

    October 29, 2014 | 11:19 am

    One Sunday last November, 86-year-old Joy Johnson laced her running shoes and ran the New York marathon for the 25th year in a row.  At mile 20, she tripped and fell, but quickly got up and finished the race. After celebratory hugs from her family and a quick interview with Al...

  • Turning off the aging process

    October 23, 2014 | 10:56 am

    Studies in yeast, worms, flies, monkeys and even humans seem to prove that restricting calories is one of the few sure ways to combat the effects of aging. But Israeli doctoral Keren Yizhak is out to prove that there may be a more agreeable way to achieve long life than dooming...

  • Boomers looking forward to what’s next in life

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    June 25, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    The stages of a life are measured differently now from the days of Pirke Avot, a classical Jewish text from the second century. But in some sense, the work of those of us who have reached a mature age remains the same as it was back then: How do you apply the wisdom you have...

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  • 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....

  • In praise of pastrami

    By Gina Nahai

    January 30, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    You know you’re getting old when every meal starts and ends with an admonition about how food will kill you. 

    For a few years now, whenever my friends and I sit down to eat, the conversation veers toward illness, and how to avoid it, and somehow, it all comes down to food. No...

  • Aging Creatively

    December 12, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    As my friends and I navigate our 60s and 70s, we notice — with amusement and consternation — how our conversations have changed. Instead of talking about our kids’ college applications and the best camping sites, we find ourselves discussing back pain and long-term care insurance....

  • Barbra Streisand and Leonard Cohen: Timeless, but not ageless

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 16, 2012 | 1:16 pm

    Last week in Los Angeles, Leonard Cohen fell to his knees.

    He did this a half-dozen times over the course of his three-hour show at the Nokia Theatre, because it’s all part of his act — and at 78, Cohen is not about to start trading off his trademark moves. He still wears that...

  • Israeli museum exhibit simulates aging

    September 10, 2012 | 9:17 am

    An Israeli children's museum opened an exhibit to simulate the aging process.

    The Children's Museum in Holon, located outside of Tel Aviv, opened the exhibit "Dialogue With Time" this month. The exhibit, which the museum says is the first of its kind in the world, joins the...

  • Paul Auster’s haunting view of aging

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 28, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    Paul Auster is best known and often praised for his postmodernist novels and short stories, including “The New York Trilogy” and “Sunset Park,” but his lifetime of literary achievement actually began with a 1982 memoir, “The Invention of Solitude,” his first published...

  • 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...

  • The Male Gaze

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 21, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    Pretty girls get things for free.  You may not like this, you may think it’s a terrible superficial tragedy of our society that rewards people for something they don’t deserve.  You may think it’s a double standard because men aren’t rewarded based on appearance in the same...

  • Living in limbo

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 17, 2010 | 7:19 pm

    One day last spring, Jill Schary-Robinson Shaw was walking through a quiet, darkened corridor in the long-term care unit at The Motion Picture Home, the iconic Woodland Hills nursing home for entertainment industry veterans and their families. Hardly anyone was around — lights were...

  • Creativity Cracks the Aging Code

    March 23, 2010 | 7:02 pm

    As we age, creativity often peaks, and our need to create soars: Georgia O’Keeffe, for instance, did some of her best work in her later years, and Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until she was in her 70s. Likewise, Laura Ingalls Wilder was in her 60s when she began to write...

  • Never Too Old to Write a Letter ... of Torah

    March 25, 2009 | 4:38 am

    The Jewish Home for the Aging has never had a Torah it could call its own. Since the home first opened in 1912, synagogues or individuals have donated Siferei Torah to the senior-living community, but the scrolls were often old and tarnished, with faded letters or finger smudges on...

  • Active living is the key to successful aging

    December 18, 2008 | 2:40 am

    Dr. Roger Landry wishes senior citizens would stop acting their age. Landry, president of Masterpiece Living, LLC, a consulting firm for senior communities that emphasize healthy aging, observes, "Nothing in our DNA dictates that we can't stay vital into old age. We need to adopt a...
  • Israel’s geriatrics study tour inspires professionals

    By Batsheva Pomerantz

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    At the Beit Shirley senior residential and day care facility in Dimona, the staff has installed motion sensors to help cut falling incidents by half. But it's the addition of a backup system that caught the attention of visitors participating in the first International Geriatric...
  • Science of hearing loss moving near speed of sound

    By Robert Ebisch

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The music coming from Bob Dylan and his band at the indoor concert is awesome, but what I can hear of his vocals suggests that people backstage are strangling frogs and stepping on ducks.

    Sure, Dylan's voice is throaty and growly, but he can articulate his songs as well as anyone. I...

  • My second childhood

    By Yehuda Lev

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It took eight decades, but at last I know what is meant by "second childhood."

    In my first childhood, my social life consisted of dating attractive young women. This second time around my calendar is just as full but my partners are all doctors.

    The world looks different to me now...
  • Joe ‘Master Blaster’ Weider still going strong

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Bodybuilding guru Joe Weider, who discovered and trained Arnold Schwarzenegger, among other champions, walks with a slight limp into the second-floor conference room in one of the buildings bearing his name in Woodland Hills. Outside, Tuscan columns of this Greco-Roman building...
  • Alter Kayakers make waves in Newport Bay

    By Barry Zwick

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Every Thursday morning, 11 supremely fit old men come thundering into Newport Bay, rounding up all the good rental kayaks on the Balboa Peninsula and singing at the top of their lungs.

    Most are major fundraisers for Heritage Pointe, Orange County's Home for the Jewish Aging, and...

  • Hitting the century mark doesn’t stop this translator

    By Jane Ulman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Most afternoons, you can find Eva Zeitlin Dobkin working. Undaunted by the 100-year marker she passed last month, she pulls her wheelchair up to the hospital bed in the room she shares at the Jewish Home for the Aging -- her side is separated by a curtain -- and spreads her work out...
  • Jewish Home’s makeover: yoga at 3, facials at 4

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    After strolling down the hall from your room for breakfast, you duck into the art studio to work on your latest ceramics project. Then you head down to the club room for a yoga class.
     
    You have lunch, then sit in a shaded outdoor courtyard, listening to the sound of a nearby...

  • Sex at the Skirball

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When sexy authors like Erica Jong and Jerry Stahl get together onstage, you expect fireworks. But when I drag my friend Kay up to Skirball for the Writers Bloc conversation, the room is too bright, and Kay tells me Jong's blue-framed eyeglasses and gold necklace make her come off...

  • Center’s Studies Aid Care for Frail Elderly

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rose Sino sits in her wheelchair as lunch is placed before her. Her son offers her a forkful of cheese blintz, which Sino quickly chews before accepting another bite.

    While this scene might appear routine, its significance is not lost on her son, David Swartz, or her caregivers at...

  • Ways to Care for a Parent Who Didn’t

    By Dr. Rachelle Zukerman

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some 10 million older Americans need some kind of assistance to get through every day. Family members (mostly grown children) provide about 80 percent of that help. Lots of those adult children welcome the opportunity to give back to their parents a portion of the love and care they...

  • Wisdom of the Ages

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ten years ago, when my parents, z"l, were 82 and 89, they traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles to be with my partner Tracy and me as we stood together under the chuppah. At the celebration of her daughter's lesbian wedding, my mother was heard to say quite matter-of-factly: "I guess...

  • Problems Abound in Pampering Parents

    By Ellie Kahn

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    My mother and father are both in diapers. I wasn't at all prepared for this possibility. Dealing with the visual and olfactory aspect of my son's end products when he was a baby was an expected part of being a mom, but it's a completely different matter when it's my parents wearing...

  • Rolls of Veterans Groups Dwindling

    By David Finnigan

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Seymour Goldman spent World War II with an Army cleanup crew handling mustard gas drums in India.

    "It was a terrible job," said the 83-year-old, a retired TV repairman who lives in Culver City. "When I got out, I just didn't want anything more to do with it."

    For Goldman and...

  • Elder Rage: What I Know Now

    By Jacqueline Marcell

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For 11 years. I begged my obstinate elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but he adamantly insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired to help him said, "Jacqueline, I just can't work with your father -- his temper is impossible to...

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