Richard Nixon’s Last Epithet

As the Senate Watergate Committee was turning up the heat on President Richard M. Nixon and his closest associates in 1973, chairman Sam Ervin, a North Carolina Democrat, became something of a national folk hero. At his death in 1985, one newspaper remembered him as “a latter-day Diogenes bent on finding the truth in an era of Watergate lies.” But to Nixon, the courtly, 76-year-old Ervin was something else altogether. “The president of the United States can’t be kicked around …

The Online Dating Pitch

Q: I’ve been a widow for almost three years and have gone on some dating sites. I just turned 70, and most of the men in my age category are looking for 50 to 60 year-olds. I don’t look 70, but I don’t look 50 either. I have a difficult time putting things into an email. How and where do I start to email a man I think I may want to meet in person? Dr. Pepper Schwartz: The most …

Are Ageist Smartphone Commercials a Dumb Move?

If you watch TV, by now you’ve probably seen the pool-party commercial for the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. The spot shows hip college-age revelers befuddling their iPhone-using elders with all of the phone’s flashy technology – such as the AirView feature that allows users to answer the phone by sweeping their fingers over the screen without actually touching it, a camera mode that allows them to take rapid-fire pictures of moving objects and an app that transforms the phone …

Aging Doctors Face Greater Scrutiny

By Sandra G. Boodman for Kaiser Health News This story was produced in collaboration with The Washington Post. A distinguished vascular specialist in his 80s performs surgery, then goes on vacation, forgetting he has patients in the hospital; one subsequently dies because no doctor was overseeing his care. An internist who suffered a stroke gets lost going from one exam room to another in his own office. A beloved general surgeon with Alzheimer’s disease continues to assist in operations because …

Start Me Up: Fund Boomer Entrepreneurs

  So many boomer entrepreneurs these days, so little venture capital interest.  Despite a growing number of boomer entrepreneurs starting up businesses, investors like the very public Vinod Khosla refuse to believe in funding companies started by people over the age of 35. He not only does not seem to recognize the age advantage that older entrepreneurs may have, he seems to get a kick out of letting us know – first from a podium in Bangalore, no less – …

Forever Young? Balderdash!

I live in a city where it’s still O.K. to look dowdy, especially if you’re a man. In fact, you can go places in Washington with a good head of grey hair and the Brooks Brothers sport jacket you wore in high school. Sometimes, if you also have a boyish glint in your eye, you can even get the top job in town (see: Clinton, William Jefferson). So I was thrown off guard a few weeks ago when Tommy, a …