A change of pace in healthcare

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on January 21, 2014

Although Frank Gold suffered from polio as a child, it didn’t stop him from becoming a paratrooper in the Pacific during World War II.A stroke a couple years ago slowed his gait and slurred his speech. But like the determined, independent young man he was in the 1940s, Gold, now 89, can’t imagine moving into a nursing home.Instead, he lives with his daughter in Burke, Va., and... READ MORE

First surgery center for seniors

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on January 09, 2014

After Gloria Levin had been hospitalized five times earlier this year with a severe hiatal hernia and complications, she was told she was not a candidate for surgery, and there was nothing more that could be done for her. They recommended that hospice care be arranged.“They gave up on me,” said the 83-yearold Pikesville resident. “They told me to go home and... READ MORE

Silver screen silver anniversary

By By Madeline Zuckerman
Posted on December 13, 2013

The Palm Springs International Film Festival and its accompanying awards gala have reached the 25-year mark, and this year’s celebration of film will honor the past, and more importantly, offer a glimpse into the future of film.Since 1990, the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has been the benchmark of high-quality international artistic cinematic expression. Numerous... READ MORE

Mom’s apron strings strangle late-life love

By Bob Levey
Posted on December 05, 2013

  Ann Landers has been gone for some time now, and I’ve never seen myself as a replacement. But one recent day, the phone rang with a question that was vintage Ann: “How do you keep a 90-something mother out of the love life of her 60-something son?” The person doing the asking was the love interest of the 60-something son. She is 60-something herself. I know both... READ MORE

From disabilities to art abilities

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on December 04, 2013

Great art has often been associated to some degree with artists stalked by psychological conditions and other impairments. Vincent van Gogh, whose works are currently being displayed at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., is probably one of the first examples to come to mind.So might it also be true that older adults with Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury or stroke might be ... READ MORE

Can you expand your brain?

By Robert Friedman
Posted on November 01, 2013

“Just because your brain can’t hop on a treadmill doesn’t mean it can’t exercise,” said Dr. Majid Fotuhi, chief medical officer of the NeurExpand Brain Center set to open in November on the Howard County General Hospital campus.The center, which Fotuhi will head, will treat “anyone who has concerns about memory and brain functions,” he said.... READ MORE

Joan Rivers: fashionable at 80

By Frazier Moore
Posted on August 26, 2013

“I’m having a great time,” Joan Rivers crowed before offering a brisk self-appraisal: “Everything is working, my mind is fine.“The only time I play the age card is on planes when I’m trying to put a bag above the seat: ‘I am 80 years old! Would someone PLEASE help me?!’”She turned 80 in June, a milestone that prompted the E! network to... READ MORE

Age no bar to same-sex marriage

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on August 08, 2013

When Imani Woody met Andrea Macko 13 years ago, it was love at first sight.“She was sexy and cute. She had all the qualities I wanted in a person. She was a sweetheart. She just kind of balanced me,” Woody said.In 2005, they had a “holy union” at their church, the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C., because marriage between same-sex... READ MORE

When Fido needs a wheelchair

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on June 22, 2013

Ernie, a fluffy white Samoyed, bounds across the field, a buff-colored German shepherd named Annie at his heels. Megan, a tan and white hound, leaps in the air at the sound of visitors.Neither Ernie nor Annie have the use of their hind legs. But special adapted “wheelchairs” that attach to the dogs’ hips allow them to run through the large yard of their home in Prince... READ MORE

Volunteers driven to help others

By Anne Ball
Posted on May 24, 2013

Several years ago, Barbara Greenfeld’s aging mother needed someone to drive her to doctor appointments while Greenfeld worked full time in enrollment services at Howard Community College.Greenfeld discovered Neighbor Ride, a Columbia-based nonprofit that matches volunteer drivers with Howard County residents 60 and older who need transportation.At first, her mother was a bit reluctant ... READ MORE