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INNOVATE OR DIE

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Renowned philosopher and visionary R. Buckminster Fuller started his classic Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth with this analogy: “I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuities. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this…

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FROM WHITE HOUSE’S VIEW, ‘EVERYONE IS AGING’

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Observations from a key White House representative suggest some refreshingly, out-of the-box approaches to aging-related concerns. Among them are the pursuit of creative solutions beyond government entitlements; opportunities to nurture intergenerational relations; and public-private collaborations with the tech and entertainment industries. They come from Nora Super, the recently appointed executive director of the upcoming White House Conference on Aging, the…

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NEW BICYCLE SAFETY LAW MAY SPAWN ‘BIKE FEELERS’

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California’s bicyclist safety law may spawn a new twist on an old automobile accessory. The bike feeler would literally be an extension of the springy wire curb feelers your grandparents’ Chris Craft-sized sedans featured along the wheel wells. Those foot-long indicators were used to alert drivers of their distance from the curb. Similarly, bike feelers attached to the side of…

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ANTI-AGING CLAIMS LACK ANY INDEPENDENT VALIDATION

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Who among us is pro “anti-aging” anyway? The past week’s Sunday newspaper featured two very curious advertisements. One, by SanMedica International in the Parade supplement, is formatted cleverly (some would say deceptively) as a feature story with the headline “SPECIAL REPORT: Turn Back Time With the ‘Anti-aging’ Breakthrough Everyone is Talking About.” Another, an 1/8th-page ad from the Life Extension…

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HEAR’S TO MELODIOUS LONGEVITY

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Whether or not Robert Plant’s new album, “lullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar,” sells 500,000 copies, in my humble opinion it establishes a new gold standard for mature artists attempting to make relevant contributions to their legacy. Plant’s incomparable evolution from rockstar to shape-shifting roots-country-blues artist works on multiple levels. His singing is as confident as ever, certainly less grating…

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JOAN RIVERS: A BRIDGE OVER FOIBLED WATERS

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Few celebrities relate well to people of all ages. Joan Rivers did, for six decades. Fortunately she left us with a legacy of shows and specials and books to remind us of how adroitly she skewered the deserving, including herself, with a brand of take-no-prisoners comedy that cut across cultures and generations. From the equal opportunity critiques of the young,…

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TWO-BIT TABLE SOCCER POPULARITY GROWS

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Wipe the playing field. Get ready for “Two-bit Table Soccer,” the always entertaining, sometimes inappropriate time killer. All that’s required to enjoy this distraction is a slow server at the restaurant of choice, two players, one quarter, and a flat, smooth table. The rules are few and straightforward: You get two pushes with your index finger per turn to move…

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INTUITIVE DRIVING SAVES TIME AND LIVES

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Driving for more than four decades on roads throughout California, from rural back roads to L.A. freeways, I’ve come to appreciate how important these years of experience are to being safe. Intuitive driving, which translates to anticipating others’ mistakes and bad behavior, generally being defensive, absolutely prevents accidents — every day in all sorts of ways. For example, here are…

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MAKE OLDER ADULTS A “GENERAL INTEREST GROUP”

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Deep concerns about the current status and future of services for older adults were reinforced at the joint committee hearing of the newly formed Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-term Care and the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-term Care, held at the State Capitol, August 12. The highly anticipated session lasted more than two hours, with a standing-room-only…

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9/11 MUSEUM CAPTURES HISTORY AND HUMANITY

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A visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a transformative experience, worthy of the time by all respectful Americans. The displays are informative and thoughtful, though some are especially disturbing and tough to view. Perhaps most poignant are the eyewitness accounts lining the walls throughout the exhibit. One in particular will most certainly be seared into the…

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