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How a Toy Puppy Brightens a Fading Past

Posted on 07/15/2014 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeI began hearing the dog’s squeaky bark after a few days of being transferred from West Hills Hospital to the nearby Topanga Terrace complex for physical therapy. I was to undergo a healing program after a bout with pneumonia and other potentially fatal problems. It was a faint yap that emerged out of the dim shadows down the hall at about 2 in the otherwise muted sounds of a quiet morning.  The slightest noise awakens me, especially unexpected disturbances, and …

Birkenstocks: Awful or Awesome? Weigh In!

Posted on 07/10/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI do my darnedest to ignore articles in trendy magazines and style blogs about this shoe or that shoe being suddenly back in vogue. (If you ask me, everything eventually becomes a “must have” again.) So when a girlfriend dropped by recently to show off her “new” Birkenstocks, I had my hands full trying to hold my tongue. Am I the only one in America who remembers that these funky-comfy sandals were introduced to the U.S. market in 1967? There’s …

How to Survive Economy Class

Posted on 03/28/2014 by |Travel | Comments

TravelFlying economy class? I’m sure you’re anticipating the worst — and no, you’re not just getting grumpier as you get older! The seats are smaller than they used to be. Forget about pillows and blankets. Food? Maybe a little bag of peanuts with a tenacious seal. (How’d my seatmate get that thing open? Should I ask him to open mine?) Still, if you plan ahead, it’s not too much hassle to bring along some of the creature comforts we used …

Is Your Bra Aging You? Here’s How to Tell

Posted on 03/27/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionStop trying to fit your 32F chest into your old 34B bras! At 50 your body has moved on, and so have your breasts. Even after an in-store professional bra fitter diagnosis, we’re skeptical. The truth is that mature breasts vary a lot in shape, fullness, proportions, position and spacing, even though thousands of women may wear the same bra size. Here’s how to choose: IF YOUR BRA AND BREASTS SAG: The band or cups may be too big. Lots …

Stuffed Animals as Therapy for the Elderly?

Posted on 05/22/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWalking by the gift shop at my mother-in-law’s nursing home, I did a double take. The shelves were lined with stuffed animals. My first thought was, why are they here? This is not a place with kids. Then I realized, it’s for the 80- and 90-year-old residents. I didn’t have to ask the clerk how they were selling. She was in the middle of ringing up a charming bear in a ruby satin dress donning an oversized floppy hat. During my …