What’s the problem?

Patient consulting a doctor in the hospitalWhen I get together with some of the other residents here at mealtimes, inevitably there are only three subjects that are discussed – politics, the weather or doctors. Since the weather is really unpredictable and politics seems to be unbelievable, I’ll talk about doctors.

I recently visited my primary care physician for my annual checkup. So that I wouldn’t waste my co-pay, I figured that I would find something to complain about. Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather

changes_aheadWhen I first moved into this Independent Living Facility here in Florida, I realized that the life I knew before was about to change. I was about to give up some of the comforts and conveniences that had been part of my everyday life, as well as giving up some of the old friends who made my life so enjoyable. I was going to have to adapt to a new lifestyle and I was going to suddenly gain some new friends. At the time, it all seemed so depressing to me. After all, I enjoyed my old lifestyle and I loved my old friends. Continue reading

Been There, Done That

2000px-Puzzled.svgA common phrase these days, especially among seniors, is “been there, done that.” It conveys the thought that “I’ve experienced it all and there is nothing new that I can learn.” Well, I, for one, don’t agree. I learn something new every day. To be honest though, there are some questions that I could never learn the answers to, even at this late stage of my life. I’d like to throw a dozen at you to see if you might have the correct answers. Continue reading

As Sure as the Day is Long

age_progressionWhen one becomes a senior citizen and decides to retire here in Florida, one realizes that a normal progression will be following in the future. That progression will take you from living in your own home, to living in an independent living facility, or when necessary, moving into an assisted living facility and eventually into the dreaded nursing home. I use the word ‘dreaded’ because word has gotten around and experiences have shown that a nursing homes just doesn’t provide the care and the concern that the residents deserve and hope for. Pressing a ‘call’ button and having to wait a half hour or more for someone to answer it, or having to wait for an aid to clean you up after you couldn’t get to the bathroom on time and now have to lay in your own poop for any length of time is certainly not anything any of us look forward to. Those are just a couple of complaints that are issued every day by the poor souls who have the misfortune to live there. Now, I’d like to say something in defense of those nursing homes. After all, where else can one go at that age and suddenly inherit a new wardrobe? Let me explain! Continue reading

Play Ball!

stadiumHaving been born and raised and having spent most of my adult life in New York City, I am a big sports fan of most of the major NY sports teams, (the Yankees, Giants, Rangers and Knicks (but not the Mets or the Nets). I have always been a die hard Yankee fan and regularly wore a Yankee shirt, a Yankee Jacket, Yankee socks and, of course, a Yankee hat. I was so into the Yankees that, when I got older, the hat had to be surgically removed from my head. That’s when the surgeon noticed the interlocking NY tattooed on my forehead. Continue reading

In Case of Emergency…

firedrillOne day last week, here at Sterling Court, management scheduled a resident meeting with the local fire department, in order for them to go over safety rules in the event of a fire.

Now, I live in a 3 story building that houses about 140 apartments. We have one elevator for the entire building and it is a very small one. We don’t even have a freight elevator. With the many walkers and  Mobies that lots of the people here use in order to get around, you can just imagine how crowded the elevator gets at mealtimes, or how long one has to wait until you can even get on the elevator. Getting off the elevator presents an altogether different logistic problem and with the walkers and Mobies trying to maneuver in order to get to the door, it has also become an ‘accident waiting to happen’. Continue reading