tagged w/ Seniors
Guess which member of Congress "betrayed" seniors by voting in favor of the 2010 health care law, a vote for "Nancy Pelosi's health care bill which will cut $500 billion from Medicare" and "hurt the quality of our care."
Which member is it? Well, lots of them, according to the 60 Plus Association. The advocacy group bills itself as "a conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)" and supports" a free-enterprise, less -government, less-taxes approach to seniors issues." It has created substantially similar ads to run against Democratic members of Congress in districts around the country. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/sep/20/60-plus-association/medicare-cuts-health-care-law-will-hurt-seniors-sa/Guess which member of Congress "betrayed" seniors by voting in favor of the... more
“Dances For A Variable Population makes concert dances with diverse communities and professional dancers ranging from children who think dance is only on MTV, to persons with disabilities who think dance is denied them, to seniors who think dance is beyond them.” -Naomi Goldberg Haas“Dances For A Variable Population makes concert dances with diverse communities... more
All That Glitters is Not Golden: Ageism and TV Ratings (They Hope I Die Before I Get Old) - Baseline IntelligenceVeteran TV Executive Jim Romanovich reflects on the shortsightedness of Wall Street's failure to consider the 55+ age demographic in its marketing focus.Veteran TV Executive Jim Romanovich reflects on the shortsightedness of Wall... more
Seniors and technology are becoming fast friends, but not without growing pains! This is another Eldergadget.com Lon Levin cartoon depicting a small part of this complex relationship between seniors and the art of "texting." Enjoy!Seniors and technology are becoming fast friends, but not without growing pains! This... more
This Article is about the synergy between senior citizens and technology. It is about the choices now available to seniors because of the advances in usability and the simplification of technology, and the convergence with longer life expectancies, healthier and smarter seniors, defined as those over 65.This Article is about the synergy between senior citizens and technology. It is about... more
Orange County Senior Citizens Form Medical Marijuana Collective
LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. -- It's the last place you might expect to find hundreds of people smoking pot: But seniors living at the Laguna Woods Village retirement community -- also known as "Leisure World" -- have formed a non-profit, patient-run medical marijuana collective.
Golf is a way of life at Laguna Woods Village, also known as "Leisure World."
But now many seniors there are trying out a different type of "green."
"I'm a very law-abiding citizen, believe it or not," said Margo Bouer, a resident. Bouer, 74, is a retired psychiatric nurse with advanced multiple sclerosis.
"This last year I realized I was choking on food more often," said Bouer. "I was prepared to make a serious decision about ending my own life."
Bouer had severe nausea and was unable to sleep. She considered suicide, until a friend suggested medical marijuana.
"I inhaled ... blew it out, and I thought, 'OK, am I high?' I had no idea," said Bouer.
Bouer now grows her own marijuana. A friend helps her roll her marijuana cigarettes.
"And then I read a book and processed it myself and dried it and crunched it up and smelled it, and it smelled very good," said Bouer. For Bouer, it only takes about two puffs a night to ease the nausea and keep her feeling well enough to continue synchronized swimming with "The Aquadettes."
"I am grateful for the opportunity to tell the world there are good people out there who need marijuana," said Bouer.
Bouer is not part of the new medical marijuana collective at Leisure World.
But some of the seniors are. The city of Laguna Woods was the first in Orange County to pass an ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries.
But so far no one has opened up a shop. So these seniors, many with debilitating illnesses, decided to create their own non-profit medical marijuana collective.
"A group of patients got together and decided we'd try to grow our own and make it available for our neighbors who also have doctor recommendations, but are too ill to grow," said Lonnie Painter, a resident and member of the Laguna Woods for Medical Cannabis Collective.
There is no storefront dispensary like you see all over Los Angeles. Instead, it's informal: "Patients helping patients."
"Marijuana is the only thing that will keep me from constant pain," said Maria D'Anelle, another member of the collective.
Leisure World residents Karin and Luis Alvarez are growing their own medical marijuana right on their balcony.
"I mean, they don't call them 'weeds' for nothing," said Luis Alvarez. "As long as you give them water and food and sun. They need to have sun."
Karin has endured a series of surgeries after a devastating injury.
"It's hard for me to stand any length of time," said Karin.
Karin had a near-fatal reaction to traditional painkillers, but she takes comfort now in knowing exactly where her medicine is coming from.
"We prefer that to going and buying it some place where we're not exactly sure what we're going to get," said Karin.
But some seniors in the collective don't want to say where the collective is growing its marijuana.
"We have had some plants stolen," said Lonnie Painter. Several thousand dollars' worth.
"It could be a vigilante, someone who's heard about it, thinks they might make a little money," said Painter.
It's a setback for the collective, but won't stop these seniors from "going green."
"It only takes a couple 'tokes' for me. Some people use more," said Painter.
Members are quick to point out that this is not about getting "stoned."
"I frankly could care less about getting high," said Jonathan Adler, another member of the collective. Adler is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer.
"Within seconds, literally five to 10 seconds, the thought of nausea disappears and it's replaced by what's commonly called 'the munchies,'" said Adler.
There is some risk. Despite California's medical marijuana laws, its use is still illegal under federal law.
"People laugh, they say, 'Can you imagine all these people in wheelchairs and walkers being made to do the "perp walk?"' You know?" said Painter.
Seniors like Margo Bouer say they're up for a fight.
"You know what, I thought, 'Come and get me -- Just come and get me,'" remarked Bouer.
To these seniors, marijuana means freedom from a life of pain.
"Well, do I look happy?" asked Bouer.Orange County Senior Citizens Form Medical Marijuana Collective... more
Volunteer teens of SeniorLink, a non-profit headquartered near Philadelphia, PA, are searching for fellow service-minded teens nationwide to join in bridging the inter-generational divide by establishing local SeniorLink chapters this summer and beyond. By doing so, teens also bolster qualifications for college and job applications - http://www.disabled-world.com/news/america/pennsylvania/seniorlink.phpVolunteer teens of SeniorLink, a non-profit headquartered near Philadelphia, PA, are... more
The Gangs All Here - A peak at Lydia - Bitz & Bitez TV series online - gordon king welke and leona sackaneyLydia is 80 years sexy, vibrant, young and just plain old hot! Lydia is real woman who's pretty much seen it all. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Gordon King Welke and Leona Sackaney are trying their best to sell their idea for a series called "THE GANGS ALL HERE." The Gangs All Here is all about our senior buddies in Bloorcourt Village (BIA in Toronto). This little promo here is just a sample of what can be done with $0 funding but $Billions of Dollars worth of heart, guts and Passion for helping others! The Gangs All Here also features our good friend John, and Ray Ray and more good friends from the Horizon Retirement Home on Bloor Street West in Toronto.
The TV series planned for our senior friends called The Gangs All Here would be a fast paced, hilarious at times but steady and fascinating at others, Real Reality Series. In Act One you meet three seniors and you get a little taste of their personalities and the their past and life achievements. Remember, these seniors built Toronto and our worlds around us, they kept us safe, saved us in our hospitals, fires, car accidents, taught us from age one through 75 and chances are they fed us, put us to bed every night and then woke us up again to face another glorious world we live in due in whole, to our senior friends.
Act Two would delve more into some of the conflicts they find in their communities and lives while Act Three is always time for the coffee cafe, the pub, the race track, the ballgames, the nightclubs and grocery shopping, to name a few. The pace will rock your mind and the content at the end of each show will fill your heart and soul with pride and love for your community you live in and the beautiful and amazing seniors who made it what it is today for all of us! Thank You to all of you again...see you on set and on TV soon. Gordon King Welke - April 8, 2010Lydia is 80 years sexy, vibrant, young and just plain old hot! Lydia is real woman... more
A little-publicized Australian study that was published last week links walking at least three times per week to improving the symptoms of osteoarthritis.A little-publicized Australian study that was published last week links walking at... more
WASHINGTON – Millions of seniors who signed up for popular private health plans through Medicare are facing sharp premium increases this year — another sign that spiraling costs are a problem even for those with solid insurance.
A study to be released Friday by a major consulting firm found that premiums for Medicare Advantage plans offering medical and prescription drug coverage jumped 14.2 percent on average in 2010, after an increase of only 5.2 percent the previous year. Some 8.5 million elderly and disabled Americans are in the plans, which provide more comprehensive coverage than traditional Medicare.
"These premium increases fit within a broader trend of increased financial pressure on the insured," said Lindsey Spindle, a vice president of Avalere Health, a data analysis firm that produced the statistical study. "We see very large premium increases and a continued upward creep in how much out-of-pocket expenses beneficiaries are expected to pay, such as copayments."
The Medicare findings are bad news for President Barack Obama and his health care overhaul, bogged down in Congress. That's because the higher Medicare Advantage premiums for 2010 followed a cut in government payments to the private plans last year. And the Democratic bills pending in Congress call for even more cuts, expected to force many seniors to drop out of what has been a rapidly growing alternative to traditional Medicare.;_ylt=AoRiIcmn4Ap2t4c4nKgGls2s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNsdDU4NDNlBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMjE5L3VzX21... more
A documentary about a painter Colleen Shull, whose captures the thrill of Roller Coasters on her canvases, and teaches seniors the joy of art.A documentary about a painter Colleen Shull, whose captures the thrill of Roller... more
Aydin Salek, Tragedy Hits Home
Written by: Elahe Amani
"Everyone can master a grief but he that has it."
It was Sunday evening that I heard the sad and heartbreaking news about Aydin Salek. Aydin died in the earlier hours of Sunday December 13th, one day short of his 18th birthday.
I met Aydin few years ago in one of the community meetings for addressing human rights violations in Iran. Aydin and his mother were introduced as a family that came recently to Southern California. Aydin’s mother an architect by training, working on her PHD and His father, a dentist reunited with them only 4 months ago after finally obtaining exit permit to leave Iran.
Aydin came across to me as an energetic, politically aware and engaged teenager. I recall I encouraged him to explore the opportunities with clubs and organizations such as UNA at his school. Our very limited interactions convinced me that he was a gifted young man.
It was only after his tragic death that I learned that he was the student representative on the District Board of Education for his 4,000-student school district, club founder and president of Model United Nations, president and founder of South Pasadena High School American Cancer Society Youth Club, and a writer for the South Pasadena High newspaper. In winter of 2009, Aydin won the Rotary International Leadership Youth Award. These are just few of his accomplishments.
Los Angeles Times local news section on Dec 15th had a headline stating “Aydin Salek, 17, was smart and affable, and he had big dreams. He was among school's most promising and popular students. He was involved in student government, charity efforts and sport.” Sutton one of the classmate interviewed by LA Times said “ .. his goal was to go to Harvard, become a defense attorney and then a prosecutor and ultimately serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
The article continues “in his senior year, he wrote for the school newspaper and had volunteered to work for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. He also served as elected student liaison to the South Pasadena School Board. Classmates said he offered a free doughnut to anyone who voted for him and delivered on the promise when he won.” read more at http://www.payvand.com/news/09/dec/1198.htmlAydin Salek, Tragedy Hits Home Written by: Elahe Amani December 18th,2009... more
Great post highlighting the ability of shea extracts in FlexNow to reduce joint pain and inflammation - tested double-blind scientific study.Great post highlighting the ability of shea extracts in FlexNow to reduce joint pain... more
For many people, joint pain begins because of injuries sustained during exercise. Luckily, injuries can often be avoided by using the right training techniques and by ensuring good nutrition and supplementation. I recently found some great joint care tips on Today Senior that I thought I’d share with you: http://www.powerofsheablog.com/2009/12/08/joint-care-tips-for-your-exercise-routine/For many people, joint pain begins because of injuries sustained during exercise.... more
This guy totally deserves what he gets for his total lack of respect for our elderly. Way to go Granny!This guy totally deserves what he gets for his total lack of respect for our elderly.... more
In this story, Ben Protess and I tracked an activist group called the League of American Voters to find the origins of just one of the hastily arranged groups influencing the current health care debate.
Interviews and a review of public records show that a wide-ranging group of people coalesced to launch the League or its ad campaign: Dick Morris, a former aide to President Bill Clinton and one of the nation’s more flamboyant political operatives; a one-time West Virginia political candidate; a New York City public relations executive with ties to health care groups; a New York rabbi; a filmmaker best known for an ad questioning the patriotism of Vietnam War veteran and then-Georgia senator Max Cleland; and a Florida doctor who once settled a state medical board allegation that he had operated on the wrong site during a spinal procedure.In this story, Ben Protess and I tracked an activist group called the League of... more
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Monday accusing Democrats of looking to gut Medicare.
Five days later -- on the eve of a three-day weekend -- Democrats are hitting back.
Republicans are no friends of seniors, a new ad from the Democratic National Committee argues. The party is reminding voters that Republicans opposed Medicare from the beginning and in recent years have even voted to end it for younger generations.
The GOP did, in fact, oppose Medicare when President Lyndon Johnson signed it into law and conservative elements of the party have long sought to end it.
In 1996, GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole bragged about voting against it in 1965. "I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare . . . because we knew it wouldn't work in 1965," Dole said, according to the DNC.
Obama has proposed cutting the Medicare Advantage -- a Republican designed, privatized boondoggle that costs roughly 12 percent more than regular Medicare -- to offset spending increases associated with health care reform.Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele penned an op-ed in the... more