Not in our family

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on March 01, 2019

Back in the 1970s, a progressive TV sitcom poked fun at certain members of an older generation for their prejudices and beliefs, at the same time revealing a glimpse of the humanity that could sometimes shine through the tough, stained exterior of a bigot. The family portrayed in All in the Family consisted of Archie Bunker, a man full of more bunk than one would have thought possible,... READ MORE

Being innovative

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on February 01, 2019

In December, I attended a national conference that highlighted the latest innovations in products and services for older adults. Attendees represented companies large and small, start-ups and long-established brands, as well as research institutes and associations like AARP and the National Council on the Aging. I came away excited about what I learned, and energized by the creative... READ MORE

Publisher Podcasts

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on January 14, 2019

Below are video & podcast interviews from Paul Vogelzang that feature our publisher Stuart Rosenthal. Paul Taylor Vogelzang, host of the Not Old — Better Show,  is an award-winning blogger, podcaster, writer, producer and style fanatic, known for his down to earth accessible reporting and advice for men and women 50 +. The Not Old - Better Show launched in 2014, where Paul shares... READ MORE

Ready for a riddle?

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on January 01, 2019

I’m not generally a riddle lover. But I’m listening to a book on tape that my wife enjoyed, Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change, by Leonard Mlodinow (m-lod’-nov). The book is about the human brain and the multiple methods by which we think — something science has only recently come to understand. The book addresses what he calls our brain’s elasticity: an ability... READ MORE

Let’s be more critical

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on November 30, 2018

No one likes a critic. Criticism is often shared in harsh ways, in which case it can be destructive rather than constructive. And let’s face it, even constructive criticism is seldom appreciated at the time! On the other hand, perhaps we should all be a bit more critical in how we read and understand things. Reading (and thinking) critically are more important today than ever, living... READ MORE

Congrats all around

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on November 01, 2018

First, I want to congratulate the winners of our Celebration of the Arts amateur art competition. You may have seen the special insert we ran in our September issue, describing the contest and giving brief bios of our first, second and third place winners in each of the four categories. It was only days ago, however, that we held the Awards Ceremony for all the winners, including... READ MORE

Lack of trust — Part II

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on October 01, 2018

Last month, I wrote about the disturbing state of Social Security and Medicare. I noted that an additional, unbudgeted-for $416 billion must be paid out of this year’s federal budget in order to meet the needs of Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries this year. Those programs are supposed to be funded each year out of the payroll taxes paid by every working American. Indeed,... READ MORE

A lack of trust (fund)

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on August 24, 2018

Two questions arise from a recent article from the Associated Press that begins: “An unexpected weakening in the finances of Social Security and Medicare...” First, what’s unexpected about it? (Answer: it’s only unexpected if you haven’t been paying attention.) And second, has this reported “weakening” become such a common alarm from the annual report of the Social... READ MORE

A complex subject

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on July 23, 2018

For most Americans, recent headlines concerning unfair trade and retaliatory tariffs seem far removed from daily life. But for papers like the Beacon, a trade dispute with Canada — which has led to U.S. tariffs that have caused multiple and continuing increases in the price of newsprint since last fall — could be a life-and-death matter. So I have chosen to write about this,... READ MORE

Would you want to know?

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on June 29, 2018

While we don’t currently have any medications or other approaches that effectively prevent or delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, it is heartening to know that research is being funded and that important discoveries are being made. At a recent event of the BrightFocus Foundation, which funds research into glaucoma, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s, I met some of those ... READ MORE