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January 19, 2006 | Michael Hiltzik
One recent afternoon in Los Alamitos, I watched Marcy Zwelling-Aamot, M.D., pick her way through a government website designed to help elderly patients select the right Medicare drug plan, based on their prescription needs and hometown. The website, created for the launch of Medicare's new prescription drug benefit, identified 48 individual plans available for Southern California residents.
April 25, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
There's a twinkly dual meaning to the title of the French import "Bright Days Ahead. " It refers to the optimistic name of a seaside town's senior activities club as well as to the immediate future of the group's newest member, 60-year-old retired dentist Caroline (Fanny Ardant, gorgeous and self-assured). How director Marion Vernoux, who co-wrote with Fanny Chesnel (based on Chesnel's novel), melds these two halves makes for an enjoyable and unfussy portrait of growing older - and feeling younger.
February 7, 2004 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Sister Mary Augustine decided she wanted to work with the elderly when she was 10 years old. She was in a butcher shop with her mom and saw a shabbily dressed older woman order a quarter-pound of bologna. Even at that early age, she says, it hit her hard: The poor woman seemed to have little to live on all week but bologna. Nearly 50 years later, the nun has ensured that the older people she serves get far more than that.
April 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Herschel Walker has no plans of playing pro football again. But it has nothing to do with the fact that he's more than half a century old. Instead, the former college, USFL and NFL star told USA Today that he's just too busy with multiple business ventures to suit up again. Otherwise, Walker said, he truly believes he could be successful as part of a running-back platoon. “I can play in the NFL today,” he said . “I couldn't take every snap. But running backs nowadays don't play every down.
A state agency filed suit to close three Orange County financial brokers for allegedly duping customers--many of them elderly--into investing $26 million in unregistered certificates of deposit. The Department of Corporations, in a filing last week in Superior Court in Los Angeles, alleged that the companies--CD Services Inc. and Nationwide CD Corp., both of Laguna Hills, and Leisure World Financial Services Inc.
The teen-age youth knocked on the door, then introduced himself and asked for a glass of water and use of a telephone. Edith Rose didn't know the boy personally, but she had seen him around her Reseda neighborhood. According to police, once the youth was inside her home, he demanded money and when the 74-year-old widow refused, he attacked. First he punched her repeatedly, then he grabbed a butcher knife and chased her through the house, stabbing her 20 times, authorities said.
June 18, 1995
Re Steve Hochman's Pop Eye column item of June 11: "Curiously, at the same time rock rose, the biggest increase of record buyers occurred in the non-rock 50- to 54-year-old demographic. . . ." The non -rock 50-to-54 demographic? That particular demographic was teen-aged in the '50s--the decade that invented rock 'n' roll, the decade that invented teen-agers , for that matter. Please be assured, Mr. Hochman, that when we drag our walkers down to the local music store, it's not to check out the latest Lawrence Welk reissue.
February 10, 1991
Please extend my appreciation to Steve Padilla for "Those Struggling With Aged Parents Find a Circle of Support." I am a member of that group (and at this point am extremely lucky not to be facing life-extension decisions) gaining insight to handle what might be ahead for me. My mother is in good health at 86 and happily living in a senior facility in Valencia. My companions are not so fortunate, and their stories are just as Padilla related. But reading them it was as if I'd never heard them and they made me cry. It is extremely difficult to "take over" for your parent--to make housing, medical and financial decisions for one or two who used to do the same for you. It tears your heart apart and affects you mentally and spiritually.
June 20, 2010 | Amy Goldman Koss
Bursitis, sciatica, loss of bladder control: These are not the ailments of youth. Nor are the other complaints my girlfriends and I discuss over lunch. Add in the self-loathing generated by our complaining, and you start to see the full pathos of the aging baby boomer. These days, I watch firm, smooth-skinned girls walk by with way more lust and envy than my husband does. I want to pinch their perfect flesh. I can no longer discern between a pretty young woman and a homely one because youth alone has become so deliciously beautiful to me. Ah, if only I had that girl's body, but could keep my current brain.
November 9, 2002
ROBERT Hilburn treads too lightly in his treatment of the Rolling Stones' Oct. 31 appearance at Staples Center ("It's the Spirit That Counts," Nov. 2). It was not my first Stones concert, and it ranks low on the scale. The show was listless, with awkward pauses between songs. Too often, lengthy codas that seemed to be building to something just ended. Lighting and visuals were arbitrary. Equally disappointing was the conduct of much of the crowd -- also experienced at the recent show by (not quite as)
April 24, 2014 | Ann Friedman
With every click, every tweet, every share, am I being exploited or am I taking advantage of the digital revolution? This is the question I kept asking myself as I read Astra Taylor's "The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. " Taylor makes a thorough case that the technological advances we've been told constitute progress - that anyone can start a blog, that we can easily keep up with our friends (and frenemies)...
April 21, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Scientists say they have developed a means of accurately dating Earth's oldest and densest polar ice by analyzing the composition of krypton gas trapped within ancient air bubbles. In a study published Monday in the journal PNAS , researchers used the new dating method, called Atom Trap Trace Analysis, or ATTA, to study ice recovered from the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. "The oldest ice found in drilled cores is around 800,000 years old, and with this new technique we think we can look in other regions and successfully date polar ice back as far as 1.5 million years," lead study author Christo Buizert, an Oregon State University paleoclimatologist, said in a statement.
April 20, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Mark McGwire was in the twilight of his career in 2001, willing his broken-down body through one final season with the St. Louis Cardinals, when a strapping young buck named Albert Pujols, just two years removed from being the 402nd overall pick in the draft, started tearing it up in spring training. Bobby Bonilla was slated to be the Cardinals' left fielder, but when Bonilla was hurt that spring, McGwire practically commandeered the lineup card from Manager Tony La Russa.
April 20, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Debbie Rohr lives with her husband and twin teenage sons in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas. The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It's a modest but comfortable house, the type that Rohr, 52, pictured for herself at this stage of life. She just never imagined that it would be her childhood home, a return to a bedroom where she once hung posters of Olivia Newton-John and curled up with her beloved Mrs. Beasley doll.
April 19, 2014 | Chris Erskine
A boy. A dad. A mid-April hike. "Baseball should have bowl games," the fifth-grader says. "I like the way you think," I say. Up the hill we go, like shadows on a wall - first him, then me. We are determined to hike all the way to his elementary school, about a mile up toward the clouds. It is a route we take five times a week by car, there and back, there and back, on the hamster wheel of suburban life. In the Saturday morning sunlight, I see the boyishness in his face - the breakfast in the corners of his mouth.
April 19, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific freight train east through the grasslands of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Near the farming town of Goodwell, federal investigators said, the 56-year-old engineer sped through a series of yellow and red signals warning him to slow down and stop for a Los Angeles-bound train moving slowly onto a side track. The 83-mph collision killed Hall and two crewmen.
November 15, 2007 | Mike Boehm
Stage producer and director R. Craig Noel, who led San Diego's Old Globe Theatre to national prominence, and Morten Lauridsen, a Los Angeles composer of oft-performed choral music and a longtime professor at USC's Thornton School of Music, are among the nine honorees receiving the National Medal of Arts from President Bush and Laura Bush in ceremonies today at the White House.
April 11, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS - They are asking all the wrong people here to predict the outcome of Saturday night's fight between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley. Sportswriters? Are you kidding? This analysis demands a bit more depth than arguing the merits of the designated hitter. Too bad Sigmund Freud has departed us. His insights into these two fighters could be both learned and insightful. In the blue corner, from the Philippines, is the congressman from the Sarangani district, Manny Pacquiao, with a record of 55-5-2 and 38 knockouts.
April 7, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
By the time they have reached the fourth grade, African American boys who have run a childhood gantlet of poverty, shifting family structure, harsh parenting and a mother's low mood and educational attainment will have signs of premature genetic aging that can deepen their vulnerability to mental and physical illness, says a new study. And the toll of environmental stresses on a child's cells is even more pronounced when that child has inherited a constellation of genetic variations that make him more sensitive to privation or privilege, the authors of this new research have found.
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