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  • There’s No Time Like the Present

    By Ellie Kahn

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In my family, death and funerals seem to inspire joking. Maybe it's discomfort, but it also seems to be a lack of concern and heaviness about the whole thing. No one in my family does much visiting of graves, and burials are apparently not deemed necessary.

    My mother wants her body...

  • Diagnosis: Grandfather

    By Tom Tugend

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "The Grandfather Thing" by Saul Turteltaub (Tallfellow Press, $16.95).

    Saul Turteltaub, whom I've known for a good many years, is a funny man and a funny television writer. If you laughed at "The Carol Burnett Show," "The Jackie Gleason Show," "That Girl" or "The Cosby Show," tip...

  • Doctor of the Barrio

    By Beverly Gray

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Julie Korenstein speaks out on environmental matters, she credits her mother, Dr. Pauline Furth, with shaping her own crusading spirit. Korenstein, who represents District 6 on the Los Angeles Unified School District's school board, said that throughout her life her mother has...

  • Not Your Grandchild’s Gym

    By Mike Levy

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Medicare coverage ran out for Sally Galante's physical therapy, she had two choices. She could pay more than $100 per session to continue her weekly post-surgery therapy at the hospital, or she could go to the Eichenbaum Health Center, a free exercise program for seniors at...

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  • The New ‘Old’ Codger

    By Tom Tugend

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The trouble with old folks is that nowadays they no longer know their place.

    Used to be that when an alert and productive chap of 64 turned 65, he was instantly transformed into an old codger, lovable, to be sure, but kind of eccentric and not all there upstairs, if you know what I...

  • A Sit-up a Day…

    By Charles Downey

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Back when Bernie G. was only 78, he suffered a minor stroke. Then his loving wife of many decades died. The double blows caused Bernie's family to put him into a nursing home because he seemingly could no longer care for himself. Bernie became apathetic about life and mostly just...

  • Fit After 50

    By Mike Levy

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Looking to get in shape, clients of all ages, shapes and sizes come to youthful fitness trainer Betsy Mendel. Mendel, who operates a business called No Excuses, has developed special insights into the training needs of her middle-aged clients. After arriving in Los Angeles from...

  • Moving Mom

    By Ellie Kahn

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When I last wrote this column for The Jewish Journal several months ago, I had no idea that my mother would soon be living a short bike ride away. Or that her relocation to Los Angeles would take over my life. But transitions, while challenging and stressful, thankfully don't usually...

  • My Mother’s Kitchen: A Natural Disaster Area

    By Burt Prelutsky

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    My mother had a green thumb. Too bad she employed it in the kitchen, not the garden. To her credit, she was such a good housekeeper, you could have eaten off her floors. Which, unfortunately, was preferable to eating off her plates.

    There are people, I'm aware, who are terror-stricken...

  • Adding Zeal to the Golden Years, Simply

    By Jane E. Brody

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Americans are now living about three decades longer than they did at the start of the last century. But for far too many older Americans, the so-called Golden Years are tarnished by diseases that seriously undermine the quality of those extra decades -- diseases that with tools now...
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