Seth Rogan and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogan, have taken on Alzheimer’s Disease as a personal mission. Lauren’s mother is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. She was only 55 when diagnosed. Their foundation is called Hilarity for Charity but they are serious about ending Alzheimer’s.Read More
My colleagues and I recently saw a terrific documentary called “The Mayor” at the Legacy Film Festival of Aging in San Francisco. We took our mothers along with us to get their reactions to the film and how they felt about Assisted Living communities.
This film, written and directed by Jared Scheib, focused on three elders, "The Mayor" and his two girlfriends. Originally from New York, Sam, 88, now lives in a beautiful retirement community in North Dallas. He struggles to balance his role as “The Mayor” with his continuing quest for loving relationships among the women who live there.Read More
When my mother-in-law passed away in 1993, my father-in-law moved to Leisure World in Laguna Hills, CA, 45 miles south of Los Angeles—one of the largest senior living communities in America with 18,000 residents age 55+.
It was great for him because he found a sense of community dedicated to longevity and health, many new friends and eventually remarried. With so many active living residents that they actually changed the name to Laguna Woods; they were not living “leisurely” any more.
On Sunday, August 31st, Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” discussed The Leisure World Cohort Study from 1981: Activities and Mortality in the Elderly. That study followed the activities of...Read More
Many extraordinary people blossom later in life, after the age of 50: Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, even Bruce Lundvall who is just one of many stories that illustrate this point.
Bruce blossomed as he reached his senior years even though Parkinson’s disease has limited his movement and his balance. From his senior living community home where he currently resides, Sunrise Senior Living’s Brighton Gardens of Saddle River, he orchestrated an international jazz festival, the Sunrise Senior Living Jazz Festival.Read More
I noticed that my father was beginning to falter when he made repeated excuses for why I couldn’t visit him at his apartment. One day, while we were sitting at the pool of his apartment complex, I made up an excuse for needing his keys so that I could retrieve something I had left in his car. Instead I peeked into his apartment where I saw that mail was piled up, high, and his apartment was in disarray—two classic beginning signs of dementia.Read More
Was my hearing loss caused by those dozens of concerts at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium in my teens, leaning next to the huge thumping speakers to hear my favorites like Janis Joplin?
Was it caused by 30 years of scuba diving?
Or was my hearing loss caused by heredity? After all, both of my parents wear hearing aids.
What Every Senior Should Know About Hearing Loss.Read More