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.
There’s a controversy in Baltimore over the proposed construction of a retirement home that would be built on 17 acres of a country club that hardly anyone uses anymore. The residents of Roland Park are against it, but the space is needed in Baltimore, as everywhere, as the proportion of elders increases. I can’t help wondering if there would be as much outrage if the proposed building were a playground or school. Read more here.
Whatever complaints can be made about CNN and many are valid, I have a soft spot for Jack Cafferty. Maybe it’s that I’m familiar with him from more than 20 years on local news in New York City or perhaps I feel I have an ally in curmudgeonliness.
While I wasn’t paying attention, he seems to have begun an online-only op-ed type of column. Here is what he fears about Senator McCain.
My friend Sophy Merrick, who lives in London these days, sent this story about a controversy over a long-time traffic image warning drivers to slow down for elders. Some say it’s ageist and not representative of today’s old people. They are lobbying for a generic sign that would warn drivers to slow down for any reason. What do you think? Read more here.
Thirty-something Chris Collins who blogs at Fleep’s Deep Thoughts emails with some good suggestions for elders who need a little help reading things in their browser. Both apply to the new Firefox 3.0.1 (download here)
- Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and use your mouse scroll wheel to enlarge ANY webpage - text, images, graphics, anything in the browser window.
- The Fast Dial add-on for Firefox 3 gives you large icons in your default browser window for frequently visited websites. No more squinting at the bookmarks list for the sites you visit every day! Fast Dial is free and available here.
A new study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicates that fat doesn’t always mean unfit.
“…despite their excess pounds, many overweight and obese adults have healthy levels of ‘good’ cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose and other risks for heart disease.”
And about 25 percent of slim people in the study whose weight falls into the “healthy” category carry at least two cardiovascular risk factors often associated with obesity. Read more here.
Among all the discouraging news in the world, it was fun to read about a bank in Missouri named – after the town where it is located – Tightwad Bank. Given current revelations in mortgage lending by the big banks, we could use a few more tightwad banks. More here.
If you live long enough, you will slow down, you will have some physical limitations. The trick is to adapt to your new circumstance. Sharon Brown, who lives on Kauai, sent this photo of a man who, served lemons in the form of a walker, has made lemonade. As Sharon explains:
"When we walked past him, I noticed the walker had a piece of PVC pipe strapped on the leg to hold the poles. His tackle bag was hooked around the rim and even a plastic sack was tied on to hold garbage. He smiled and wished us a good day. It was easy to tell he was enjoying his morning adventure."