[EDITORIAL NOTE: This is what would have been posted last Sunday had I not been otherwise engaged.]
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.
A U.S. manufacturer is trying to gain approval for a handgun as a medical device from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Called the Palm Pistol, it is designed for people with arthritis or other debility that might prevent them from firing a normal handgun.
"'It's something that they need to assist them in daily living,' says Matthew Carmel, president of Constitution Arms in Maplewood, New Jersey, which hopes to manufacture the Palm Pistol - now just a patent and specifications. 'The justification for this would be no more or less for a [walking aid] or wheelchair, or any number of things that are medical devices,'" he says.
This guy is also seeking coding for the gun as a “durable medical device” which would make it eligible to be considered for reimbursement through Medicare. More here.
Although this video is a television commercial for a private health care organization, which I wouldn't normally post, it is so joyous about elder women that I don’t care. [1:01 minutes] (Hat tip to Jan Adams of Happening Here)
Whether due to hard economic times or the success of extensive lobbying here at Time Goes By (I doubt the latter), cosmetic surgery is falling out of fashion. More here.
At the Washington Post last week, age columnist Abigail Trafford wrote of elders and addiction, something worth being aware of with our older friends and relatives during the holiday season.
Memory can be an issue as we get older even without fear of dementia. Now, two new studies each have a different idea of what might help. You could try marijuana. Or, some different researchers suggest red wine. Make of it what you will.
It’s not true that we need less sleep as we get older and here’s some information on Why Sleep is Essential.
This has nothing to do with elder news unless you file it under the category of “you’re never too old to learn something new.” An elderblogger in Spain, LadyLuz of Costa de la Luz Gardening, sent a story about an old Mediterranean tradition of including a caganer in Christmas nativity scenes. Want more explanation? Here you go.
This year a new caganer figure has been created - Barack Obama - which you can purchase for 14 Euro. You’ll need to click this link to see it for yourself.
Although all the media attention in recent years to the sandwich generation – boomers with children and parents who need care – irritates me (it was the norm in many families when I was growing up), perhaps it’s not so for people younger than I. Here’s a story of tips on handling a multi-generational household.
It’s a book and it’s a film. It’s a whole lot of old people talking about what they think wisdom is. This video is a teaser for the movie – a good one - and I like it so much I’ve posted a tiny screen of it in the right sidebar. You can read more here about the project. [5:46 minutes] (Hat tip again to Jan Adams of Happening Here)
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Clair Zarges explains what it’s like to be a Second Tier Girl.]