longevity

More Than Our Golden Girls

Posted on 06/26/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeIn my nine years on Facebook, I’ve seen all kinds of posts. I was a senior in college when I joined, and photos back then — the few that friends uploaded to “random pics” albums — were from formals, study abroad, graduation. Slowly, engagements and bachelor/ette parties started trickling into the mix. Now that I’m 30, it’s weddings, reunions, houses, babies. Something new is happening in my Newsfeed these days, though, and I can’t “like” it enough: grandmas. From my …

In Congress, Dingell Has Outlasted Them All

Posted on 06/7/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsHolding any job for 57 years is impressive. But it’s especially remarkable when every two years your bosses are asked whether they want to fire you. Rep. John D. Dingell Jr. (D-Mich.) now owns the record for holding a seat in Congress longer than anyone else – 57 years, 5 months and 26 days. As the Washington Post’s Paul Kane writes: “That eclipses the late Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.), who served in both the House and Senate. “Elected in …

How Many Centenarians Does It Take … ?

Posted on 05/30/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayYes, there’s a Guinness World Record for nearly everything, from “longest eyeball pop” (don’t try this) to “biggest bagel” (don’t eat this). But our previous favorite, “oldest wing walker” (92-year-old Thomas Lackey in 2012) has just been replaced: the Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Franklin Township, N.J., has hosted the largest single gathering of centenarians, 40 strong, beating the previous record of 28.  The center had a head start. Five of the centenarians live there. New Jersey …

Happy 114th Birthday to the Oldest Living American!

Posted on 05/23/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayOK, so Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Mich., who was born on May 23, 1899, isn’t quite the oldest person in the world — that distinction belongs to Jiromon Kimura, a Japanese man who turned 116 in April. That said, the oldest living American has been around for a long, long time. When Talley was born in Montrose, Ga., William McKinley was President, Henry Ford was just getting started as an automobile maker, music was played on phonographs with big horns instead …

A TED Talk on Preparing for the Inevitable

Posted on 05/22/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayWhen the annual Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference began in 1984, the Los Angeles Times called it “an obscure gathering of engineers, theorists and artists.” But in the nearly three decades since then, TED has morphed into a series of mind-expanding showcases staged in several countries that attract scores of celebrity visionaries, ranging from physicist Steven Hawking and neurologist Oliver Sacks to former President Bill Clinton and rock stars Bono and Peter Gabriel. Better yet, the nonprofit Sapling Foundation, which stages the …

All the Lonely People

Posted on 05/22/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeI received word the other day that a long-time acquaintance had died. We had worked together in the beginning years of my newspaper career, and while we hadn’t been that close, he nonetheless had represented a link in a circle of friends that was growing smaller every year. I was losing my history. Join the discussion: Grief and Loss — How do you cope? We were a hard-drinking, cigarette-smoking, fun-loving bunch back then, not eating right or exercising or generally …