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No patience for politics

It’s been a few years since I attended the national convention of the American Society on Aging, one of the major associations for professionals of all types who work in the field of aging.

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How ill are we really?

Having good mental health is probably as important as having good physical health, if not more so. But when our mental health is “not so good,” would most of us call ourselves ill, as in “mentally ill?” Suppose you find it difficult to sleep or lose your appetite for a couple of weeks because you’ve been diagnosed with a serious physical illness or suffered the loss of a loved one. Would you say you had a mental illness? Apparently, our government would, and does.

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A California Beacon

I am pleased to announce the “birth” of a new Beacon this month. Not exactly a sibling of our Washington, Baltimore and Howard County editions. More of a cousin perhaps.

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Of rats and men

Scientists have long experimented on mice and rats to test new drugs and treatments for human illnesses.

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Tooting our horn

Every year, we enter a selection of our original stories in the editorial contests run by the two largest 50+ media associations: the National Mature Media Awards, and the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) awards.

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Railing against reform

Social Security is no longer the ‘third rail” of American politics. Legislators no longer touch it and die. At least not instantaneously.

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Moving the folks (Part II)

A number of readers have commented to me on my column last month, in which I shared some observations on the occasion of my parents (ages 82 and 91) moving from their condo into an assisted living facility in Austin, Texas.

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Moving the folks (Part I)

My parents, whom long-time readers have “met” before in this column, have once again graciously provided me with an occasion for some musings. You see, they’ve recently moved into an assisted living facility. While I have edited articles about such moves many times over the years, this is my first opportunity to experience one myself, and therein lie a few tales.

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Coming to our census

I’ve long been on record as objecting to the use of terms like Age Wave, Senior Tsunami and the like to describe the demographic changes occurring across America (and, indeed, the world).

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On being misunderstood

I truly look forward to receiving letters and emails from readers. I value your comments and suggestions, and am eager to hear what you think. That’s really how the Beacon has grown and changed over the years: by trying to address the needs and interests of readers and incorporate their recommendations.

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