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  1. Problems of An Aging Society

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    April 10, 2012 by Milton Jones

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    In my childhood, I recall people speaking fondly of living “to a ripe old age.” My own father lived to celebrate his 100th birthday.  But old-age is not always a blessing.  Longevity creates its own expensive problems, and many more of us are living much longer than in the past. In times past, the elderly lived with their children. Today, we live in a society where most of us can look forward to years of custodial care in a nursing home.  Some of these places can be quite attractive, while others are places of squalor.  All are expensive. Long-Term Care is one of our most expensive problems. Many people incorrectly assume that Medicare covers most of this expense.  In fact, Medicare coverage usually provides only a limited number of days in Rehab or Skilled Nursing, and does not reach the more massive problem of “Custodial” care. The bulk of these expenses are borne by Medicaid grants, matched by funds at the State level. Private Long-Term Care insurance is a relatively new thing, having become a significant market segment only within the past 30 years or so. When people asked me about who buys this coverage, I would give the wry …

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  2. Old Age Ain’t for Sissies

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    March 26, 2012 by Annie McCormick

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    When I was in high school, my sociol- ogy teacher asked members of the class to raise their hand if they wanted to live to age 20. Everybody’s hand went up. “How about 30?” Again the whole class raised their hand. She increased the amount by 10: “40?, 50?, 60?” By 50 most of the hands stayed down. When she got to 70, 80, 90 only myself and Mike Richardson had our hands up. I don’t think it was that we were unafraid to get old, maybe just afraid of dying. I didn’t know much about “old” people then. My mother’s perspective was col- ored by her intense anxiety and fear about everything. She told me that old people had germs and that I shouldn’t touch them or I’d get sick. All of my relatives lived far away, so I didn’t get to experience their lives changing as they aged. I believe that this society considers elderly people as an inconvenience. All those tax dollars going to health care and housing. I think that they are hidden away as a convenience to those who are in denial of being old one day. Other cultures revere their elders as an irreplaceable …

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  3. Aging Gracefully is a Myth

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    October 6, 2011 by Alison Grisham

    By Alison Grisham I finally went to get my new eyeglasses yesterday.  For over a year I’ve been getting by with some cheap, off-the-rack readers.  But I’ve gotten to that stage in my life where I need one prescription for actual reading and another one just to help me walk around… that is if I want to quit apologizing to inanimate objects for bumping into them.  Of course I also carry pairs in my purse and keep extras for back-up since I lose the originals with surprising regularity.  By the sheer number of eyeglasses I have lying around, you’d think Foster Grant was living with me. 

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