Winning the War Against Frailty
Ray Clark is 102 years old, but his personal trainer is only 72. Clark one of the “older old,” the growing population of people over 85. Currently, older people comprise a bigger portion of the total number of clients of personal trainers . Here is yet another growth industry associated with the aging.
Ray Clark never worked out in any systematic way until is son and daughter-in-law brought him to see their personal trainer (PT). … More
Winning the War Against Frailty
Happy New Years to you all! A week ago, we left Dallas. We made it safely to Ann Arbor two days later and are still waiting for the moving van to show up with our furniture.
Moving Day was pretty miserable. The truck was at the house by 8:30 a.m., and the movers loaded our stuff into it until 6:30 in the evening. It took another two hours to clean the house since we had to leave it shiny since it is now empty and For Sale. By the time I was done polishing floors I… More
The details of David’s and my life are a mess because we are moving in and out of houses while also doing our “real jobs”. For the short term things will still be chaotic, but the big picture is beginning to look very healthy.
Today is my 59th birthday. I barely have time to think about it. Lucky for me, I have five new girlfriends here in Ann Arbor, and they insist on sharing the evening with me. After eight years in Dallas, I doubt I have five girlfriends… More
The Joy of the Bus
Yesterday morning, Todd, my carpenter and painter, tells me that we were short about five boxes of hardwood. I get my morning tasks done and pop out the door to catch the 12:35 #1 bus south to Lowe’s. The #1 ends its route on the North Campus of the University of Michigan. I get off a stop too early and jog to the next stop. The #22 Connector South passes me and waits until I arrive out of breath. (The bus never waited for me in NYC.)
The Joy of Eating
When I step… More
We are living longer than ever before, and it is not comfortable. In 1900, life expectancy in the USA was 47 years. In 2000, life expectancy had increased to 77 years. That means we have 30 more years to dream, live, learn, invent, work, problem-solve, and regenerate.
VOCABULARY OF AGE
Don’t get stuck on terminology. Definitions of old, aging, and elderly are all over the place. Everyone thinks they are younger than they are. The old-old think they are the young-old. … More
As the aging process shuffles inexorably onward, I hardly recognize the man who gazes back at me from the mirror. While there are many positives in getting older, we tend to deny physical losses. Recognizing that some body changes are normal helps us focus on the abilities we retain and improve.
VISIBLE SIGNS OF AGING
Height: Sometime in my mid-50’s, I asked the nurse at my doctor’s office to measure my height. Certain she’d somehow done it wrong,… More
There is no consensus regarding the definition of Quality of Life (QoL) for the elderly. The measurement of Quality of Life in older people is different from the general population. Measurements must address the range of aging from successful aging, through usual aging, to aging with disability or dependency.
COMBINATION OF OBJECTIVE AND SUBJECTIVE MEASURES
Both objective and subjective dimensions are important for measuring Quality of Life.
Objective factors are… More
Here is my Top Ten, very personal, check list for a senior apartment:
1. FIRST FLOOR UNIT
Gimme a first floor unit, please. Sure, I know there is a trade off when it comes to maybe feeling a little safer living above the ground floor so you can open your windows without worry, but me personally? I worry about having to lug grocery sacks up stairways. Any building with an elevator will probably be out of my price range, too. It will also be a lot handier when it comes time… More