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  • 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...

  • Who wants to become a Yiddish maven?

    By Julie Bien

    September 11, 2014 | 11:56 am

     

    My great grandfather, though he lived in Chicago his entire life, only spoke Yiddish (with a sprinkling of English thrown in).

    My grandfather, born in the U.S., spoke only Yiddish until he was eight years old.

    My father, an L.A. native, understands a fair amount of...

  • The Israeli couple behind the Life Alert bracelet

    By Ayala Or-el

    August 13, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Unlike many Israelis who immigrated to the United States with dreams of making it big, Miri Shepher never wanted to leave her beloved homeland. The day before she left, she composed an eight-page letter apologizing to the family that looked after her on the kibbutz where she was...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel, preserving Auschwitz, showing love to the elderly and more

    March 26, 2014 | 9:59 am

    The Ways We Slice It

    Thank you for presenting a fascinating theoretical debate on calling Israel the “Jewish state.”

    Secretary of State John Kerry proclaims the “Jewish state” issue makes negotiation so much more complicated (“The Jewish State Problem Won’t Go Away,” March 21)....

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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....

  • Jewish communities grapple with baby boomer retirement boom

    October 11, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    Every Jewish community wants more Raymonde Fiols among its active retirees. The question is whether those communities are prepared to meet the needs she and hundreds of thousands of "younger seniors" and older ones will have in the near future.

    Now 76, Fiols has resided in Las...

  • Wanted: One Bubby and Zaidy willing to adopt

    By Lauren Bottner

    May 11, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Officially, grandparents’ day is the first Sunday after Labor Day, falling on Sept. 11, 2011.  Bad timing this year.  Guessing that there’s a slight chance it’ll be overshadowed this year, I’m moving it up…to today. 
    ______________________________
    WANTED:

    One bubby and...

  • Is the time right for universal health care?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 22, 2008 | 3:14 pm

    Barack Obama has one overriding task: he must restore the strength and confidence of the American economy, and the sooner the better.  But keep your eye on health care.

    When FDR came into office in March 1933 after an even longer and even more unnerving transition period than this...

  • Searching for the soul

    October 22, 2008 | 10:17 pm

    On a recent Friday night, during one of her rare articulate moments, I asked my 88-year-old mother with Alzheimer’s if she could feel her soul.

    “Yes, I certainly can,” she answered slowly, searching for her words, as she struggled to express the reflection of the feelings inside.

    ...
  • My ‘great schlep’ to Florida pays off in politics and grandma’s food

    October 15, 2008 | 11:24 pm

    "If you knew that visiting your grandparents could change the world, would you do it?" A couple of weeks ago, a video came across my inbox with Sarah Silverman posing this very question.

    As Florida is such a pivotal and undecided state in this year's presidential contest, Silverman...

  • With the Republican base on the ropes, all eyes are on Florida —again

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 8, 2008 | 12:22 am

    Most Jews live in three states, two of which, New York and California, are already in the bank for Sen. Barack Obama.

    It's the third one, Florida, that has the presidential campaigns in a frenzy. There are roughly 650,000 Jews in Florida, out of 18 million residents. Concentrated in...

  • Rosh Hashanah means frank talk with family, not just apples and honey

    By The Web Guy

    September 24, 2008 | 1:19 am

    I'm happy to share this post from guest blogger Alissa Bader:


    The year 5769 is nearly upon us -- the time for apples and honey, new Hebrew calendars, and round challahs in the supermarket.

    It's a time for New Year's cards in the mail and frantically getting all of your work done in...
  • Falling dollar hurts seniors in former Soviet Union

    June 19, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    MOSCOW (JTA) -- From its perch above a shelf packed with crystal dishes, a photograph of Alexey Zheleznyak's late wife keeps watch over a spotless apartment.

    The ripple effect of a sluggish American economy has forced Zheleznyak, 81, into what he calls the "woman's business" of...

  • The emotional landmines of family caregiving

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Most families squabble. After a short cooling-off period, relatives tend to resolve spats and go on with their individual lives. But there are situations that make it difficult to restore harmony. For example, when an elderly loved one breaks a hip, suffers from dementia, a stroke or...
  • The emotional landmines of family caregiving

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Most families squabble. After a short cooling-off period, relatives tend to resolve spats and go on with their individual lives. But there are situations that make it difficult to restore harmony. For example, when an elderly loved one breaks a hip, suffers from dementia, a stroke or...
  • Eve Marcus: Soul of the Food Pantry

    By Jane Ulman

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Eve Marcus
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Eve Marcus asks that people not call her on Saturday. Mostly they comply. Otherwise, as volunteer director of the North...

  • American-style retirement for Israel’s seniors

    By Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The photos in the brochures and on Web sites are all different yet somehow similar: A group or a pair of elegantly dressed older men and women sit or stand against a backdrop of flowers or greenery, their graying hair carefully coiffed, their faces clear-eyed and smiling, their teeth...
  • Congress OKs bill barring military chaplains from mentioning Jesus in official prayers

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Congress OKs bill barring military chaplains from mentioning Jesus in official prayers
     
    The U.S. Congress rescinded language in Pentagon orders that allowed military chaplains to mention Jesus in official prayers. Controversy over including similar language in the Defense...
  • Drug Plan Proving Bitter Pill for Seniors

    By David J. Silverman

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    After sorting through piles of brochures, Millie Topper thought she had finally found the right Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit plan to pay for the high blood pressure medications she wanted.

    But once the 77-year-old resident of Silver Spring, Md., crunched the numbers, she...

  • Graybeards Pull Off Israel Election Upset

    By Helen Schary Motro

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Just as the polls closed in Israel last month, I was finishing up listening to BBC Radio, planning to switch the dial to hear the first exit poll predictions on a local station.

    But exactly as the clock struck 10, I was amazed to hear the BBC itself switching to Tel Aviv for live...

  • 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...

  • Jack and Katy Seror: Help Knows No Age

    By Meira Held

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    At first glance, 87-year-old Jack seror and his wife, Katy, are a kind, yet unassuming elderly couple, members of Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel and loving grandparents. However, they are also leaders of the Greek Jewish community that resisted and survived the Nazis to...

  • PowerPoint Purim

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Sometimes it's hard to hear the reading of the Megillat Esther over the raucous screeches, foot stamping and grogger spinning that come following the reading of Haman's name on Purim. Often the reader of the megilla has to wait until the noise subsides before continuing.

    But for...

  • 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...

  • Community Braces for Flu Shot Scarcity

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

     

    Michael Gabai is on a quest.

    The owner and administrator of Ayres Residential Care Home has spent the last two weeks calling physicians, senior centers, grocery stores and pharmacies in search of flu shots for about half of the 18 residents in his facilities who have been unable...

  • Jewish + Humor = ‘Jumor’

    By Stefanee Freedman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Groucho Marx once said that there's no such thing as an old joke if you've never heard it before. And maybe two young Jewish filmmakers heard that maxim and decided they'd find fresh material for their 45-minute documentary, "Jumor: A Journey Through Jewish Humor." Laguna Beach...

  • 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...

  • Aging: A Jewish Community Issue

    By Molly Forrest

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When I first met Sarah, she was bent over her walker intently making her way through the gardens of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA). While her steps were merely a shuffle, her brown eyes were lively.

    I often walk through our Grancell Village and Eisenberg Village...

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