Bumps in the road

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on May 27, 2022

There’s a short but lovely parkway not far from my house that I occasionally drive on. It runs parallel to a walking and bike trail, and is dotted along the way with tennis and basketball courts and picnic sites. Not surprisingly, the powers in charge have instituted a moderate speed limit and installed multiple speed bumps and pedestrian/bike crossings along its length. Have you... READ MORE

Alzheimer’s drug saga

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on April 29, 2022

Last year, we covered the controversy over the FDA’s approval of Aduhelm, the new — and first ever — drug treatment to claim the ability to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. More has happened in the last few weeks. To summarize, the FDA approved the drug under a process that bypassed its usual “safe and effective” standard. Instead, Aduhelm received “accelerated... READ MORE

Better elections

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on March 25, 2022

Long-time Beacon readers know I am not one to share my political views. For this reason, the Beacon does not endorse candidates for public office. But I do like to share my thoughts and feelings about important matters of the day, and I think it’s fair to say that a number of important issues pertaining to our elections are very much in the news today — from voter registration, to... READ MORE

Who, me? A racist?

By Carolyn Ellis
Posted on February 25, 2022

Born in 1950 in Washington, I grew up in a mostly integrated Northeast D.C. neighborhood. Despite the “white flight” of that time, my all-white family stayed in the city, where my four siblings and I attended integrated schools. Throughout my teens, I was not aware of any racist leanings in myself at all. In fact, when I gave the valedictory speech at my high school, Immaculata... READ MORE

A few what-ifs

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on January 28, 2022

Back when I was a kid, when a bully taunted someone, the target would sing out, “I’m rubber and you’re glue! Everything you say bounces off me and sticks to you!” It didn’t entirely relieve the pain of being bullied, but it gave one the satisfaction of being able to reply in kind without actually saying anything “bad” — without sinking to the bully’s level. I found... READ MORE

New year, new project

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on December 30, 2021

I don’t know about you, but I frequently find my New Year’s resolutions generate a sense of deja vu. There are just some things about me that I want to improve, or tasks I’d like to accomplish, that hang around from year to year. A friend who knew I like to keep notepaper in my front pocket (so I can incessantly write down or remind myself of things I need to do) once made me burst ... READ MORE

Reflections from an Afghanistan veteran

By Joseph Reagan
Posted on November 30, 2021

The past months have been extraordinarily difficult for those with a personal connection to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. I recently watched a CNN reporter broadcast from a base in Andar, Afghanistan — a base that my soldiers and I built, and the base where I was wounded in 2006. Seeing it on the screen brought back a lot of memories, good and bad. When we first secured Andar we ... READ MORE

A pat on the back

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on October 28, 2021

Each year, we enter a selection of our writers’ original stories in the annual journalism competition held by the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA), the association for newspapers and magazines designed for readers 50 and over. That competition attracts hundreds of submissions every year and is judged by internationally respected faculty at the University of Missouri ... READ MORE

Virtual Expo virtues

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on October 04, 2021

I am partial to fall weather. Because I grew up in Texas, where there is no clear change in season this time of year, I have come to love the sudden crisp morning air with the bright blue skies of fall. But I also have a warm spot for cool autumns because, for more than 20 years, we have hosted annual Expos for our readers at this time. There’s something especially wonderful about... READ MORE

ASA Presents The Legacy Interviews

By American Society on Aging
Posted on September 13, 2021

For more information or future presentations please visit, https://asaging.org/legacy-interviews September 8 | John W. Rowe, MD The Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Previously, he served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., one of the nation's leading healthcare and related benefits organizations. Prior to... READ MORE