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.
That 47-year-old, YouTube singing sensation, Susan Boyle, has gone and got herself a makeover which you can see here. What do you think?
Good Grief. The greatest Ponzi schemer in all of history, Bernie Madoff, is already being made into a movie. Read more here.
Elaine Frankonis, who blogs at Kalilily Time posted an excellent story this week pulling together several sources of information on the developing health care reform from the Obama Administration. Well worth a read here.
Darlene Costner of Darlene's Hodgepodge post a story about how funny she looks trying to get about since she broke her hip last November. “A stranger watching me would wonder what that poor inebriated old granny had to drink,” she writes. Read more here.
A week or so ago, my friend NancyB became another of the millions who are among the unemployed thanks to our recession. For several years, she blogged at her employer's website and now she has started her own blog, The Tempered Optimist. It would be nice for you to go welcome her to the elder blogosphere.
Marion of And the Beat Goes On sent this video: Sculpting the Aging Process in 4:51 minutes.
If that sculpting isn't fast enough for you, here it is done photographically in 40 seconds.
In a blog post titled, “Sick and Twisted: Anti-Aging and Cosmeceutical Ads” from a website called Jezebel – Celebrity, Sex, Fashion for Women, comes a marvelous take-down of print advertising for anti-aging products. An example:
Ad headline for an Andrew Weil product: “Rest Easy. Overnight Repair Comes Easily”
Jezebel: “You're broken! But don't worry. Rest easy. We'll repair you overnight.”
Many more with images of the ads here.
In several scenes from one of my favorite novels, Jack Finney's Time and Again, the protagonist is able to travel back to the late 1800s by living in the Dakota in New York in an apartment that is recreated to be exactly as it was in his target time travel year. Now, a Harvard researcher has duplicated this experiment with a group of old men by “retrofitting an isolated old New England hotel so that every visible sign said it was 20 years earlier.” The results were
“...stunning [according to a reviewer of the researcher's book]. After just one week, the men in the experimental group (compared with controls of the same age] had more joint flexibility, increased dexterity and less arthritis in their hands. Their mental acuity had risen measurably, and they had improved gait and posture.”
The important thing about this is that we are bombarded with signals that tell us getting old means poor health. When is that going to end? Read more about this study here. (Hat tip to Paula Kimbrough)
No link on this item. My friend, Sophy, who lives in London forwarded an email “joke” that is making the rounds. I found amusing and maybe you will too. It is in the form of a short letter to a bank:
“Just checking - one of my cheques has been returned marked 'insufficient funds.' In view of current events in the banking market, does that refer to me or to you?”