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Walking and Working with the Extenders

Posted on 01/29/2014 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeThe first time I ever heard the term “extenders” applied to human effort and not necessarily to equipment utilized by the handicapped was in the office of a doctor who actually had disabilities. He redefined the word to mean that you never give up. Burdened by the ever-increasing impact of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) on my body, I had requested a wheelchair from Medicare and was told to make an appointment in Los Angeles with one Dr. Thomas Hedge, …

Blair Underwood is Not Our Mama’s ‘Ironside’

Posted on 09/8/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentWarning:  Do not tune into NBC’s new “Ironside” with any expectation of a show resembling Raymond Burr’s series of 40 years ago.  As star Blair Underwood himself attests, they really didn’t keep much outside of the name and the central conceit of a disabled lawman operating his own team.  Oh, and Underwood’s Robert Ironside tipples a bit of bourbon at the end of a long day, an homage to Burr. This “Ironside” is as different from that one as 2013 …

Seeing Life From a Rolling Chair

Posted on 08/14/2013 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeIt’s only been a few weeks since I joined the ranks of 1.6 million Americans who use wheelchairs, and it has already changed me. I feel helpless in some ways and useless in others. I am in a different world, downsized and looking up, dependent upon others to get me where I’m going. There is a terrible loneliness to that. I use the chair only occasionally as the effects of COPD impact my ability to breathe easily, ergo my ability …

Another Senator Heads for the Exit

Posted on 03/27/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), who’s been struggling with speech and using a motorized scooter to get around since sustaining a brain hemorrhage in 2006, announced on March 26 that he won’t run for re-election. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Johnson is one of a long line of lawmakers who’ve had to work through the problems of age and disability in a job that can be demanding even for younger members, with its long hours, frequent trips back home …

With the Aid of Science! Human on Our Own Terms

Posted on 09/14/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthMedical science routinely offers solutions to problems that our bodies or environment can not naturally fix. It’s great when these are cool re-imaginings and re-purposing of existing products and procedures. Other times its fine-tuning that leads to good results. This week had a bunch of cool and slightly weird stories about solving some health related issues. Wheelchair Car: There aren’t many options for driving for those in wheelchairs. Existing cars often need remodeling to accommodate the systems that allow those …