Monthly Archives: August 2012

30 08, 2012

REALITY CHECK: One In Five Americans Can’t Afford To Put Food On The Table

August 30th, 2012|Blog|

  As a nationwide drought threatens to drive up prices for food staples this fall, it could pose an even greater challenge for the one in five Americans who weren’t able to afford food so far        this year. For the first six months of 2012, Gallup surveyed 1,000 Americans each day to see whether they’d been able to afford basic food. From the report: “In 15 states, at least one in five Americans say they struggled to afford the food they needed at least once during the past 12 months. Nationwide, 18.2% of Americans so far in 2012 say there have been times when they could not afford the food they needed, on par with the 18.6% who had trouble affording food in 2011.” […]

28 08, 2012

How is society to look after the ever-growing number of people with dementia? A curiously uplifting care home near Amsterdam may have the answers

August 28th, 2012|Blog|

There are no cars or buses to worry about ... Margaretha Bos and her brother take a tour of Hogewey. Photograph: Anita Edridge for the Guardian

28 08, 2012

The Woman Who Lives in the Brown Chair

August 28th, 2012|Blog|

  On a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon I grab my tripod and video cam and head outdoors to capture on tape some of the more colorful species that visit the three large birdfeeders I’ve anchored in the fifteen-inch-wide flower bed that marks the boundaries of my patio. I navigate my wheelchair to the metal plate on the wall that opens the electronic doors in the foyer, and I’m about to push myself outside when something catches my eye – the brown chair that sits by the doors furthest from me. It’s empty. Normally, I don’t find empty chairs – brown or otherwise – to be a great cause of concern, but this particular chair is special. For a resident we’ll call “Maggie,” the chair has become her nest – part sanctuary, part refuge, and part Romulan cloaking device. (Sorry for the obscure Star Trek reference. A cloaking device makes any space vehicle it’s installed on, invisible to others.)  […]

21 08, 2012

One Hundred Chronically Ill, Disabled, Depressed and Demented People Stuffed in a Bag.

August 21st, 2012|Blog|

    You can use fancy names – continuing care retirement community or adult congregate living facility – hire a landscape architect – use aroma therapy – even run full billboard ads showing octogenarians dancing the night away. But as Anne Richards, former Governor of Texas, was fond of saying “You can put lipstick on a sow [...]

16 08, 2012

For Healthy Aging, a Late Act in the Footlights

August 16th, 2012|Blog|

    For Healthy Aging, a Late Act in the Footlights

15 08, 2012

CCAL – Martin Bayne to the LeadershipTeam

August 15th, 2012|Blog|

          PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Jackie Pinkowitz,M.Ed. Chair, CCAL-Advancing Person-Centered Living Leadership Team - National Dementia Initiative announces the addition of Martin Bayne to the LeadershipTeam: "Martin Bayne is an Advocate Extraordinaire in the aging sector! As a writer, commentator, and publisher, Martin provides his unique "insider perspective" about [...]

15 08, 2012

[Exo] Skeletons in the Closet

August 15th, 2012|Blog|

August 14, 2012          Martin Bayne's 7,500-word horror-thriller, Exoskeletons in the Closet was published today in Bewildering Stories.  As an undergraduate, Bayne worked with the species Periplaneta Americana - the most common member of the cockroach family. It was here, during his formative literary years, he was bitten by the . . .[Not A Chance!] Exoskeletons in [...]

14 08, 2012

Seven Levels of Parkinson’s Hell – Part I

August 14th, 2012|Blog|

12 08, 2012

Last year, just under 40 million Americans provided care to an elderly spouse, family member, neighbor or friend

August 12th, 2012|Blog|

Los Angeles, CA, August 11, 2012 –(– Last year, just under 40 million Americans provided care to an elderly spouse, family member, neighbor or friend, making up 16 percent of the U.S. noninstitutional population age 15 and over. According to analysis of data by the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance the majority (56 percent) were women. […]

9 08, 2012

“Let me die in my own home.”

August 9th, 2012|Blog|