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Striving for Spunk and Spryness

They’re the “oldest-old” and they’re soaking up Social Security. About seven years ago, not long after I had passed traditional retirement age of 65, I pondered the possibilities of making it to the age of ninety — an age range that was becoming more common among the U.S. populace than ever. It seemed that by 2050, according to a prognosis from those dedicated to the science of aging, a.k.a. gerontology, there would be at least nine million [...]

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By |2021-07-12T18:08:44+00:00July 12, 2021|Aging, Baby Boomers, Health, Old Age, Social Security|

A Man of Letters Fools Around with Acronyms

Digging up a growing glossary of acronyms. We are flooded with a sea of acronyms, which are essentially language shortcuts. They may be organizations or expressions that we know pretty well and are usually comprised of the first letters of most of the key words used, often excluding the definite (“the”) and indefinite (“a” and “an”) articles that tie them together. That’s why most of us say or write NASA and not National Aeronautics and Space Administration. [...]

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By |2021-02-24T19:58:03+00:00February 24, 2021|Acronyms, Names, Uncategorized, Vocabulary, Words|

Who Gets the Ventilator? Not the Old Guy

It could come to this. "No ventilator for you! —There is nothing exempt from humor— even death— so forgive some self-deprecating humor in these troubled times.— Old guys used to have it made. We ruled the world. Sure we started some wars along the way and were responsible for the demise of a slew of young men who never got a chance to become old guys like us. Yes, we made our mistakes, but did it really [...]

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By |2020-03-25T19:40:11+00:00March 25, 2020|Aging, Coronavirus, COVID-19, death, Extremes, Medicine, Mortality, Triage, Ventilators|

You Can’t Escape Old Age, So Live with It

As is often the case with people of advanced age, with each departed birthday I find myself more frequently contemplating my mortality than when I was in my thirties, forties, fifties and even (gulp) sixties. When you have passed— make that surpassed— all of those milestone decades, you can’t help thinking about how much time you have left. …so go the days of our lives. Colorful and interesting people disguised in white hair and wrinkles have enriched [...]

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