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This Week in Elder News: 28 March 2009

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.

Stop me if you've heard this one. A man runs into an acquaintance and says, "It's funny, I was told you were dead.” He says, "well, you can see I'm still alive." The first man says, “You can't be. The man who told me you were dead is much more reliable than you.”

If you have heard that one, you're older than you admit because the story, from an ancient Roman book of jokes, is 1600 years old, discovered by a classics professor. Read more about it here. (Hat tip to Cowtown Pattie of Texas Trifles)

As the family story goes, Mommy and Daddy were taking pictures of eight-month-old Ronni in her bath when they heard on the radio in the background that Pearl Harbor had been attacked.

Anyone our age remembers that before there was television news, we got pictures of national and international events in movie theater news reels. Nikki Lindquist, who blogs at Nikki's Place, sent along a link to old, Universal news reel footage at YouTube. This is part of President Roosevelt's “Day of Infamy” speech, following the Japanese attack. [2:37 minutes]

That clip is the raw footage. This one, a report on the crash of the zeppelin Hindenburg in 1937 in Lakehurst, New Jersey, includes the dramatic narration and background music so common in those news reels. [2:59 minutes]

You will find many more historic news reels here:

Nikki has been busy tracking down other other kinds of old video too. Remember the 16mm educational films we sat through in school in the 1940s and 1950s? Embedding is not offered, but you can watch a slew of them at this website.

If you are a fan of Rumpole of the Bailey - the books or the television series – you will enjoy this lengthy interview with Rose Mortimer about her father, Rumpole author John Mortimer, who died at 84 in January.

Crowd sourcing as a method of garnering innovative solutions to social problems is popular these days (see Now, United Cerebral Palsy with AARP and the Institute for the Future, has created a website about a fictional town, Deepwell, where a cast of characters interacts with online participants (you) to overcome a series of caregiving challenges. You'll find all the information and the story at Ruby's Bequest.

There is a new longevity calculator called “Vitality Compass” at AARP. It appears to be more comprehensive than the RealAge longevity quiz popularized by Oprah Winfrey. (I still don't believe I'm going to live to be 94.)

One caveat: Although there is no indication that it applies to the AARP calculator, this New York Times story reveals that RealAge passes on personal information collected from their longevity quiz to pharmaceutical companies who then email marketing messages to participants.

There have been uncountable dance fads through the years and you're sure to remember this one from the 1940s and '50s. Keep your eye on the guy – he is fantastic. (Hat tip to Melinda Applegate) [2:48 minutes]


I won't even try the longevity calculator! 94? I don't think I want to live that long! I may change my mind though! :)

After watching the Boogie Woogie video my first thoughts were that if I die and go to Hell and am forced to do my dancing on hot coals....I could probably do that!! :)

And to think they danced so very well without any fringe, no butt or breasts bare & no body parts touching or grinding. LOL. What a joy to celebrate real dancing! Wonderful & well done. Thanks Ronni for (once again!) brightening my day :)Dee

That thing thinks I'll make 95! Hooey!

However, given that AARP is more an insurance sales outfit than anything else, I take that with a load of salt.

Okay, once everyone is out of the house, I'm gonna try those dance steps. Talk about a workout! Dang, you just can't sit still listening to boogie woogie.

But, I forget. I have an achilles tendon that is giving me fits, maybe I'll wait a bit.

I have been away from home for ten days and arrived back to discover my neighbour, a lovely man, had died of a heart attack while I was away - he was 57. Today my partner and I went to 'sit with' the widow. Despite my 40 years knowledge of Turkey I have no idea of grieving customs. We were ushered into the main room of the house and sat for an hour with many other members of the family and neighbours and were served a sweet called 'irmik helva'. Then we came home and I did the longevity test. Meanwhile my only daughter who lives in Istanbul and knew the neighbour who has died was waiting for me to e-mail the details of Turkish traditional grieving. I just e-mailed her with more or less what I have written above and ended with 'The Longevity Test says I'll make 93.6 years so no rush to get the recipe for irmik helva!'

Remember Pearl Harbor -- Keep America Alert!

America's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 100th year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, "The Day of Infamy", Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941.

'Navy Centenarian Sailor', 103 year old, former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio 'Jay' Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), is a thirty year career veteran of World War One and World War Two. He first flew aircrewman in August 1922; flew rearseat Radioman/Gunner (1920s/1930s) in the tactical air squadrons of the Navy's first aircraft carriers, USS LANGLEY (CV-1) and USS LEXINGTON (CV-2).

Ereneta was also stationed at Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey, with Squadron VCS-8 and witnessed the Hindenburg Tragedy, May 1937.

Visit my photo album tribute to these veteran shipmates:

San Diego, California

OK . . . I'm gonna brag. "50ToDeath" has a FABULOUS FEATURE in Long Island's "Newsday" today. If you live on Long Island you might still be able to purchase a copy, but if you don't you can access the article online by logging on to
We are building our community throughout the world and owe a lot to "As Time Goes By."
Just wanted you to get our "Elder News."

Martha My Dear is about one of his many Old English Sheepdogs, or so I've read many times. I have had two Old English Sheepdogs: Abby, who lives with us now after we rescued her from Texas Old English Rescue.....and Woofles, now deceased, who preceded Abby and whose absence caused us to spend endless evenings online just looking at pictures of Old English Sheepdogs. If I could write music I'd write a song about them, too (right after a symphony for my cats). :)

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