The Oldest Old Project: Mort Reichek
Sunday Election Issues: 5 October 2008

This Week in Elder News: 4 October 2008

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.

I was away this past week and took a break from my usual reading around the web, so there is no elder news this week except for two items.

Ninety-year-old Addie Polk of Akron, Ohio, shot herself this week as sheriff's deputies tried to evict her from her home. She is recovering in hospital, but the financial crisis is beginning to sound like the 1930s, moreso with the new unemployment figures yesterday reported to be at a five-year high. Read more here.

Claudia of Fried Okra Productions sent this video of 99-year-old Lillian, who has seen 17 presidential administrations in her lifetime, explaining why she is supporting Senator Barack Obama [5:39 minutes]


Nice to have you back, Ronni. And thanks for the video of Lillian. Also it was good of you to have the "elder" of the "elder" feature each day while you were gone. I really enjoyed it & look forward to more of your Bright Ideas.:):)Dee

That video won't load for me. I 'll try later.

Wonderful video. May we all find our convictions and follow them as Lillian has.

Lillian is fabulous. No one could ever accuse her of having any form of dementia. Maybe I will be lucky and be able to keep mentally alert like her. Wait! It's too late. ;).

I want to add another comment to the previous one. I think it's shameful that women like Addie have been put in this position.

Dennis Kucinich gave a stirring speech on why his fellow representatives should vote against the bailout. Obviously they ignored him just as they ignored him about impeaching Bush/Cheney. Too bad. I think history will vindicate him.

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