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Feb

5
2008-02-05
Daddy's Diapers


I wheel my cart around to the back of the store; it's not too full, but this is about as full as it's going to get. Hmmm....I have a bit of a problem. I need to do some rearranging, obviously. "Give me the bag of potatoes, and maybe the 12 pack of sodas. Okay, that's pretty good" As I stare down at the contents I can still see the suspect bag peeking out from under the Diet Coke. My children are a bit baffled, but are wise enough not to question my motives. "Was that Jordan's mom I saw when...

Feb

5
2008-02-05
Social Security funding & the federal budget proposal


Workers pay FICA taxes on their earnings.  They anticipate that when they reach retirement age or become disabled they will collect Social Security benefits.  They also anticipate that benefits will be available for their survivors after they die. The FICA taxes are deposited in the Social Security trust funds which are invested in government bonds.  These trust funds pay Social Security benefits  and pay the necessary administrative expenses to run the Social Security Administration...

Feb

5
2008-02-05
Candidates stance on Aging Issues


The "Race for the White House" has begun.  Candidates have taken positions on many issues and the electorate [hopefully] will support to the candidate whose positions are most consistent with the voter's philosophy. Many organizations have solicited candidates opinions on specific issues.  Obviously the questions posed can be biased based on the organization's goals. The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations is a coalition of 56 national non-profit organizations which focus on...

Feb

5
2008-02-05
Chuck is one lucky guy


Over the past year, I have gotten a lot of questions about what it is like to have Alzheimer's disease.  Some of these have been from friends and acquaintances. Some have been from perfect strangers. I got used to having friends question me after my diagnosis, and very quick departure from work.  My co-workers wondered what was wrong with me. When I would tell them, they would respond with disbelief, "I don't see it! Your doctor must be wrong!"  When I bump into those same people today...

Feb

5
2008-02-05
Meet Chuck, Early Alzheimer's


“My name is Chuck, and I have Early On-set Alzheimer\\\'s disease!  I was diagnosed at age 50 by my General Practitioner.   And, I take Namenda, Razidyne and a bunch of supplements to stave off the symptoms.  My symptoms include the following: short term memory loss, inability to speak what I am thinking, falling due to balance and loss of muscle control, and a lot of un-named headaches, which I sometime describe as "electric shocks going through my brain". I have \\\'good\\\'...

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