FDL Movie Night: Before You Know It

By: Monday May 26, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s documentary is the perfect kickoff for Pride Month. Before You Know It is the story of three gay senior citizens, men in their late 60s and 70s, who lived through repression and are now seeing amazing changes in LGBT rights. Our guests tonight are producer Sara Giustini and director PJ Raval. While Before You Know It highlights three gay men, the underlying themes of aging and acceptance apply across the board.


Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, and Aging in Country Music

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 4:20 pm

Country music’s model is often based around experiences acquired and tales told. In country, age isn’t something to run from—it can freshen and deepen an artist’s career.

Investing and Dementia

By: Sunday December 29, 2013 11:00 am

Aging and the increased likelihood of dementia pose serious threats to the financial stability of the elderly according to a study by the Federal Reserve Board. Neoliberals say the market will fix that through the process of Financial Darwinism.

Xanthe, Job Creator

By: Sunday November 10, 2013 5:20 pm

As a senior, I’d be untruthful if I didn’t admit all this buzz about seniors gaming the system – via SS and Medicare (or Medicaid) depresses me. The oft heard meme “They should have saved:” Well, I did save a bit but 2008 happened. Next, please…

Rethinking Care

By: Thursday September 26, 2013 4:45 pm

Growing older is hard, and taking care of an aging loved one is hard work. For those of us who are aging or living with a disability, your family might hire a caregiver for day-to-day support: getting out of bed, minding medications, bathing and cooking meals — and sometimes serving as a medic, housekeeper, therapist and closest companion, too. Yet for all the loving care that health aide gives every day, she’ll be lucky if she takes home enough money to make this month’s rent.

Caring for Workers Who Care for Our Loved Ones

By: Sunday August 18, 2013 12:30 pm

For many seniors, growing older means facing new kinds of stress—such as fragile health, a tight budget on a fixed income, or the travails of living alone.

And for the people who care for the aging, the stress can be just as severe.

I Want to be Hedda Bolgar When I Grow Up

By: Sunday January 6, 2013 4:00 pm

“At 100+ years old, Hedda Bolgar remains a practicing psychoanalyst who sees patients four days a week and teaches on the fifth day.”

FDL Movie Night: Kings Point

By: Monday December 17, 2012 5:00 pm

Growing old, something we all face. Growing old in the New York of the 1970′s where

“Life wasn’t so beautiful and the winters were cold”

created a diaspora to Florida–over half a million people over 55 moved to Florida from 1975 to 1980, according to the Census Bureau. In Delray Beach an enterprising developer created a seemingly idyllic community of two-story stucco buildings surrounded by tropical plants, with swimming pools, shuffleboard courts, and recreation halls. They named it Kings Point. The down payment was $1,500, slightly more for a second story unit since supposedly the bugs couldn’t get in. (In a stunning oversight, there are no elevators!)

Bill Keller Wants to Take Away Your Social Security and Is Either Too Ignorant or Dishonest to Acknowledge that He Is Not a Typical Baby Boomer

By: Monday July 30, 2012 8:00 am

The effort by the rich to take away Social Security keeps building momentum. Today Bill Keller urges his fellow baby boomers to admit they’ve created an entitlements debt crisis and agree to accept benefit cuts demanded by the rich.

Settlement for New York Home Care Workers Highlights Injustice in Labor Law

By: Sunday July 15, 2012 4:00 pm

After years of working a thankless job, more than 1,500 home healthcare aides in New York got some long overdue recognition this week, along with a $1 million paycheck in a landmark legal settlement.

The lawsuit involved home health aides working for a private provider of care to seniors and people with disabilities in New York City. The main allegations centered on a typical problem in the home care workforce–getting shorted on wages and overtime pay, thanks to huge gaps in labor protections. McMillan’s Home Care Agency, according to the suit, “consistently underpaid its workers and never paid overtime, despite frequently working more than 60 hours per week.”

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