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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 3, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Angels prepared for the 2002 World Series, bench coach Joe Maddon looked at the spray charts and came to a radical conclusion: If the Angels wanted to align their defense based on where Barry Bonds most commonly hit the ball, they should play three infielders and four outfielders. The Angels ultimately decided not to play Bonds that way, although Manager Mike Scioscia said they were "a couple pitches away" from deploying the scheme in certain scenarios. In 2005, Maddon left to manage the Tampa Bay Rays, who have been at the forefront of baseball's shift toward unconventional fielding alignments.
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.
March 28, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
It's long been the stuff of science fiction, the ability to wear a headset and feel as if you're in another world. Creating an affordable virtual reality device for the mass market has been the holy grail of sorts for game developers and futurists. Now Facebook's $2-billion purchase of Oculus may bring that dream one step closer to reality. Virtual reality enthusiasts say they've been waiting for decades for the technology to take off and have been developing headsets and content in the hopes they could soon have mainstream appeal.
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 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.
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.
For years, many prospective parents--and doctors, as well--have blithely assumed that if birth defects occur when an older couple has a baby, it's most likely because of the woman's advancing age. And there's some truth to this. The risk of mental retardation because of Down syndrome, for instance, clearly rises with advancing maternal age--from one in 1,000 at age 29 to one in 100 births at age 40.
March 18, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 21-year-old woman whose naked body was found on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim trash-sorting facility may have spent her last days and nights inside a second-floor motel room on a densely packed stretch of Beach Boulevard. Jarrae Nykkole Estepp had become a regular in the aging commercial district in recent weeks, walking the busy boulevard. Only blocks from Disneyland, the street is defined by strip malls, fast-food restaurants and motels from a bygone era. Detectives said their efforts to retrace Estepp's final steps in the hope of finding her killer have brought them to the neighborhood, long known as a haven for prostitution.
March 17, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two Fullerton brothers were convicted Monday on charges of sexually assaulting two girls. The victims were 3 and 7 when they were repeatedly assaulted by the brothers between May 2010 and August 2011, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Eduardo Rodriguez, 36, and Cristobal Rodriguez, 38, sexually assaulted the victims together and separately, prosecutors said. The brothers also showed pornographic images to the girls. At the time, the brothers lived in a garage and assaulted the victims at a nearby location, according to prosecutors.
March 16, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I am 55 and my wife is 65. She only worked a few part-time jobs as she spent most of her working years raising our nine beautiful children. My question is, since she does not have enough credits to collect Social Security on her own work record, can she claim spousal benefits on my work history? If so, at what age and how will it affect my benefits? Answer: Your wife can receive spousal benefits based on your work record, but those checks can't start until you're old enough to qualify for benefits at age 62 (when she's 72)
March 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Ask Raul Ibanez why he's still able to play major league baseball effectively at an age when so many peers are retired or into coaching, and the Angels' new designated hitter responds with a question: Why not? "I have a 22-year database of pitchers, 22 years of professional experience swinging the bat," Ibanez, 41, said. "I've trained with world-class strength guys, used some of the world's best sports psychologists and physical therapists, and I still have the will and the determination.
March 11, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
If an ice age is coming and you are a lichen in Antarctica, you better hope you live near a volcano. A new study suggests organisms native to the South Pole survived ice ages by huddling in pockets of warmth created by the heat of underground volcanoes. "These slightly warmer areas would have kept some parts of the continent ice free and let organisms survive on that land," said Peter Convey of the British Antarctic Survey. "Then, when the ice receded, the plants and animals spread out from that refuge to occupy other places.
March 10, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Elephants may be known for their memory, but it turns out they're incredible listeners, too. African elephants who hear human voices can tell people of different sexes, ages and even ethnic groups apart, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Such keen ears are necessary when trying to survive in territory marked by human-elephant conflict. African elephants who live in Amboseli National Park in Kenya share land with  the Maasai people, who raise and herd cattle.
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)
March 8, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Lucian Grainge has a vision for the future of the music business that bears scant resemblance to the traditional record company playbook. He is putting songs on smartphones in Africa, reviving moribund American record labels and making Lorde into a Grammy-winning global sensation. Above all, he wants to forge new partnerships with his industry's erstwhile adversaries - the technology firms that have upended the way people get their music. Skeptics question whether anyone can reverse the decline of an industry that has seen global sales plummet from $28 billion in 1999 to $16.5 billion in 2012.
March 5, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The new trailer for "Transformers: Age of Extinction" warns that "The rules have changed," but based on the images glimpsed within, there's still plenty of the robotic mayhem, booming explosions and large-scale destruction that Michael Bay and his blockbuster franchise are known for. Written by Ehren Kruger, who penned the previous two "Transformers" movies, and directed by Bay, who has directed each installment but says this fourth one will be...
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