In this regular weekend feature you will find links to news items from the preceding week related to elders and aging, along with whatever else catches my fancy that I think you might like to know. Suggestions are welcome with, however, no promises of publication.
Our own Claude Covo-Farchi of Blogging in Paris has opened her ElderExercise blog to anyone interested in joining. The emphasis is on supporting one another in maintaining their exercise programs and not on dieting, but weight loss is a fortunate side effect. Since February, Claude has lost 8 kilos (17.6 pounds).
Peter Tibbles alerted me to a terrific Australian chat show called Enough Rope hosted by Andrew Denton. He recently did a series with older women that is funny and true and real. Don’t miss this excerpt with Miriam Margolyes and Germaine Greer talking about sex (3:46 minutes). And do poke around to watch some other excellent interviews. Unfortunately, embedded video isn’t offered so you must visit the website.
Scientists have had to the rare opportunity to study the brain of the then oldest living woman who died of stomach cancer in 2005, at the age of 115. There were few signs of disease commonly associated with mental decline, and when she was tested at age of 112 and 113 by researchers, “she was alert and performing better than the average 60- to 75-year-old.” More here. (Hat tip to Kate Winner of Kate Thoughts.)
As Scott Fitzgerald wrote, the rich are different from you and me and often, in our new gilded age, contemptibly so. But this renovation of a New York City apartment is magical and I think, if the rich must overdo, this is a charming way to go.
Alarming bankruptcy data in regard to elders has been released from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project. Although bankruptcies were down overall between 1991 and 2007, among those aged 65 to 74, they are up 125 percent, and jumped a whopping 433.3 percent among those 75 to 84. More here.
There is a short QandA with a marvelously cantankerous Gore Vidal at Time magazine.
It amused me to learn that in Japan there is a popular porn star who is 74 years old. “The market for elder porn has doubled over the past decade,” reports film director Ryuichi Kadowaki in Time magazine. "In view of [Japan's] aging society," he adds, "I think that in the future, we will see a steady increase in demand." (Hat tip to Donna Woodka of Changing Places)
In an op-ed piece in the Buffalo News, an anonymous elder writes of the joys in her younger years of listening to the stories of an elder friend.
The NCPSSM – the National Association to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - has released video of the acceptance speeches from the two recipients of their 2008 Excellence in Media awards – Saul Friedman of Newsday (5:23 minutes) and moi (5:26 minutes), posted below.