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  • Outstanding Graduates 2013

    June 5, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    Every year, we shine a spotlight on a group of outstanding high school seniors, culled from many nominations submitted by local educators, clergy, community leaders and, of course, you, our readers. And each year we find that the real difficulty is not in identifying those with...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Giving himself a sporting chance

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 6, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    “Yeah, those years of seventh to ninth grade were not the greatest years for Jacob Cohen,” Jacob Cohen says, trying to bring a little levity to a pretty grueling litany.

    In seventh grade, Cohen had a terrible cough and breathing problems that kept him in and out of the hospital,...

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  • Seniors angry over plans to close JCC

    By Ryan E. Smith

    February 8, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    There was no question how Zita Kass felt when she learned that The JCC at Milken in West Hills will shut its doors permanently this summer. Her reaction was swift and powerful:

    “Anger, fury, frustration,” the 76-year-old Woodland Hills resident said.

    Kass frequents the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Over 65 group could decide who wins this year’s presidential election

    October 15, 2008 | 7:23 pm

    Many millions of dollars are being spent in both current presidential campaigns emphasizing personal qualities over clarifying the candidates’ stands on the issues. Now seniors take their politics seriously: While the 65-and-older demographic comprises only 12 percent of the nation’s...

  • Temple bingo— a gamble if it’s a good way to raise funds

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    July 31, 2008 | 12:45 am

    The social hall at Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks undergoes a major transformation every Thursday night. Television monitors and a flashing scoreboard are mounted on the walls, and a sea of cafeteria-style tables cluttered with small computer monitors, game cards and good-luck...
  • All pink, all the time

    July 31, 2008 | 12:35 am

    The doors, roof and the mailbox of the Pink Lady's Woodland Hills home are painted in a shade that might best be described as cotton candy, and pink accents adorn her white picket fence. The interior is decorated in varying shades of pink, from the appliances in the kitchen to the...
  • Geriatric love, (I.B.) Singer style

    By Tom Tugend

    July 23, 2008 | 3:51 pm

    Max Kohn is a European-born short story writer in New York who has gained a considerable cult following in America. Though almost 80, he pursues an active love life, sometimes in fantasy, sometimes in reality.

    If Kohn, the central character in the film, "Love Comes Lately," seems to...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for July 5 - 11

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    July 3, 2008 | 11:32 am

    SAT | JULY 5

    (THEATER)

    Only a psychotherapist-cum-theater entertainer could do justice to the zany and improbable Jewish journey spotlighted in the play "Rose." The one-woman show runs the gamut of 20th-century Jewish geography, "from a Ukrainian shtetl to the Warsaw Ghetto, to...

  • 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...
  • One more time around

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    Stuart Miller was not looking for a wife. After two failed marriages over the course of 15 years, the Arcadia doctor and father of two was content with his newfound bachelorhood and independence. But when he met Stacy, the widowed mother of one of his daughter's Hebrew school...
  • Shoah survivors ‘graduate’ from New Jew

    By Julie G Fax

    June 5, 2008 | 2:35 pm

    At first glance, the idea seemed sort of maudlin.

    New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) awarded eight Holocaust survivors honorary high school diplomas last Wednesday night, symbolically handing them back a part of their adolescence that had been stolen by the war.

    The emotions...

  • The over-50 crowd relearns the ‘facts of life’

    June 5, 2008 | 2:34 pm

    For years, single seniors would find the idea of meeting new people following a divorce, or loss of a partner, daunting at best. But with today's online dating services, success in finding the perfect partner is ostensibly only a click away -- all you need is a computer and a little...
  • Outstanding seniors, Class of 2008

    June 5, 2008 | 2:34 pm

    Talia Hill

    Graduating from: Bais Yaakov

    Heading to: Midreshet Darkeynu, Jerusalem

    -- Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Education Editor

    Leah Hill was in a store with her daughter, Talia (Tali), and was having a hard time communicating with a clerk.

    "Oh, I give up," Leah said.

    "Mommy," Hill...

  • A doctor’s visit

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    A visit with Dr. Eugene Gettelman, who celebrates his 100th birthday on June 17, shows how much medicine has gained and lost in the last half century.

    We talked recently in the sitting room of his apartment at Westwood Horizons, an upscale retirement home near UCLA. His friend, Dr....

  • Double dating with Dad

    By Amy Klein

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Joe Morris looks pretty good for a 79-year-old widower, his son Bob says in a new memoir. Despite the fact that Joe needs a hip replacement -- not to mention a dry cleaner for his yellow cardigan -- he has "smooth, tawny skin, silky silvery hair," is "fully conversant with the idea...
  • Theater: A generation’s history, one life at time

    By Laurel Ollstein

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Showing Our Age" is a play about stories, and the fact that everyone has one. It's a project that I started more than 10 years ago, though not specifically as an idea for a play. I was a participant in a community outreach program in which we interviewed senior citizens, used their...
  • Looking forward and giving back

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    When Richard Weiner and Judith Forman geared up for their November nuptials last year, they didn't register at Crate & Barrel, Macy's or Bed, Bath & Beyond.

    "We're 65 years old," chuckled Weiner, a Philadelphia lawyer who has become bicoastal since marrying his Manhattan Beach...

  • My December visit with ‘lady’

    By Gina Nahai

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Agha isn't here," Khanum says as soon as I walk in through the door. "I don't know when he'll be back."

    Agha is her husband -- dead for 35 years and buried in Iran -- but she speaks about him as if he were just out running an errand.

    "No point waiting around for him," she tells...

  • Educational programs help seniors fulfill postponed dreams

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Retirement brings with it the promise of time to pursue interests and passions postponed due to work and family pressures. But many retirees discover that fulfilling a dream requires replacing the old work-a-day discipline with a new structure.

    Regardless of age or physical...

  • 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...
  • 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...

  • Substance Abuse a Senior Problem, Too

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

     



    When Amy Kaplan heard about Betty (not her real name), a Jewish Family Service client in her early 70s who said she couldn't afford all of her medications, Kaplan suspected there was more to the story. Kaplan, a social worker and addiction specialist, visited Betty's...

  • Interest Increases as Deadline Nears

    By David Finnigan

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Susie Tiffany of Beverly Hills suffers from a rare blood disorder and needs monthly infusions of blood components, which her insurance company ultimately declined to cover. She hoped the government's new prescription drug benefit would help her out because, despite her ZIP code,...

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