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This Week in Elder News: 5 January 2008

[EDITORIAL NOTE: Today we inaugurate a new feature at TGB that will appear each Saturday - links to news items from the preceding week relating to elders and aging, along with whatever else catches my fancy that I think you might like to know about. Suggestions are welcome.]

At the Guardian UK, Dean Baker explains how Medicare Part D, the prescription drug plan, is designed to profit insurance and pharmaceutical companies and “soak granny.”

On the Op-Ed page of The New York Times on Friday David Brooks, with whom I rarely agree, eloquently notes the “political earthquake” represented by the Huckabee and Obama wins in Iowa.

Chris Pirillo (the terrific tech guru who invited me to speak at Gnomedex last year) has been an advocate for elders' use of technology from his earliest days online. He posted a new video this week about some ways to help elders use computers more easily. Here’s the video. You can read the text at his video blog. (6:50 minutes)

Only one of the current presidential candidates has a proposal for true universal health coverage; the rest would, instead, maintain insurance companies as middlemen. But as Stephen Crockett reports, there is already a House bill, HR 676, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D - MI) that would expand Medicare to everyone.

And if you don’t think that idea (or some form of universal coverage) has merit, consider the two new studies, reported in an editorial at The New York Times, showing how much health improves for those who finally get coverage after being without it.

Paul Craig Roberts, who served as assistant secretary of the treasury in the Reagan administration and has since experienced a shift in political perspective to the left, has written Jane Harman and Liberty's Lost Light about S.1959, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Act (the thought crime bill). Little by little, this dangerous legislation is gaining wider notice. (Hat tip to Darlene Costner)

Another hat tip goes to Cowtown Pattie of Texas Trifles for turning me on to this interview with Lillian Rubin about her recent book, 60 On Up. I don’t agree with everything she says, but it’s an excellent and thoughtful interview. (56:41 minutes - from FORA.tv)


Great idea for Saturdays, Ronni! Thanks for the links.

Wow! What a great new feature, Ronnie. I've already started checking out the links.

Thanks again for the great job you do.

I love this new feature Ronnie:
especially enjoyed Lillian Rubin and plan to buy her book.
Thank you.

Because I am still training my brain to recognize sounds I found it difficult to understand Chris Perillo. He talks fast and that doubles the difficulty. Therefore, I clicked on the written text and got six minutes of my hour's daily homework in by reading and listening at the same time. I use talking books along with the text version to assist me in my hearing journey.
After listening to Chris I want a Mac so I will no longer have to endure the conflicts between programs that are constantly messing up my computer.

This is going to be a great feature for Saturdays. I know you comb the world for these things daily and am glad you've decided to share them with us.

Hallelujah!!! It's about time the woke up about the these heinous bills!

And yes, this is a great new feature!


Dear Ronni - When do you sleep? I’m impressed and amazed at the scope of your research and reporting. This is righteous and important work. Even among many elders here in Northern California, a reputedly conscious and progressive area, I am so disappointed that rebellious awareness usually ends at the level of conversation, melting into passive acceptance. Some of us, however, do move beyond conversation and show up as elders where needed. Bless you, Dear Lady, no matter what you call yourself, you are a beacon of meaningful elderhood.

Thank you Ronni. Great Idea.

The sad news of the week is that Dr. Thomas of "Changing Aging" has felt the need to install an elaborate and confusing authorization program because of spam.

I like this feature, too. Thanks for doing the research and passing it along to us. :-)

I am on of the younger baby boomers, born in 1956. For the past 12 or so years I've begun to seriously pay attention to politics and social and financial landscape of our world. Yes, it took me awhile to "wake up" to what was going on around me. There is such an over abundance of information out there and it seems daunting to sift through it all sometimes, that's why I was grateful to find your blog. It's not so overwhelming and I can sift through and read, and link up to other web sites that are pertinent to my life. Also I'm grateful to read older baby boomers opinions and perspectives, it broadens my view. Thanks so much.

Add my name to the others happy for this new feature. I always appreciate thoughtful guides to thoughtful reading and information. Thanks!

I think Saturdays just got even better!

Thanks for the new links. I had the same reaction to David Brooks column.

Excellent new idea Ronni! I liked all those articles.

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