Archive for January, 2006

Cooperative Agreement Opportunity: 2006feb21

Unfortunately, these grants, like most, are open only to existing non-profits and governments. There is very little available to people who are ill-served by their existing institutions and are unable to get those institutions to be responsive.

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Fwd: [aging_initiativ] Timely Opportunity: EPA Aging List Serve January 24, 2006

Due Date: February 21, 2006

The purpose of the RFA is to encourage the identification of the critical lifestyle factors affecting exposure and activity in older adults living in the United States (US) and to assess whether biomarkers of exposure, activity, and health are available for use in exposure, activity, and physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling. Increase in effort in this area is critical to understanding how chemical and biological stressors affect the aging population, and how these interact with various lifestyle factors, health conditions, and life histories of environmental and occupational exposures that characterize the older adult population. This will enhance public health by reducing uncertainties in risk assessment associated with variability in the human population at large and by providing the scientific basis for health advisories specific to older adults.

Eligible Entities: State, territory and possession, and Tribal nation of the United States, including DC, for public and private State universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, State and local government departments and other public or private nonprofit institutions. Universities and educational institutions must be subject to OMB Circular A-21.

Anticipated Amount of Individual Award: $300,000 Due Date: February 21, 2006

Link to Full Announcement

Almost Home-Broadcast Premiere

from Fwd: [aging_initiativ] January 2006 US EPA Aging List Serve -Feb. 21, 2006 at 10 pm ET on PBS

Shot on location in a nursing home, Almost Home tells real stories of aging: couples bonded and divided by disability, children torn between caring for their aging parents and their own families, attendants doing unsavory work for poverty wages and a visionary nursing home director committed to changes that could shuck the nursing home stigma. Almost Home is scheduled for Tues., Feb. 21, 2006 at 10 pm ET on PBS’ Independent Lens Series (check local listings at DVDs of Almost Home and clips from the program may be obtained free of charge for educators and others in the aging field, while supplies last, by contacting Lauren Burke, laburkeATuwmDOTedu.

Register Now for a Title VI Training & Technical Assistance Field Forum & Listening Session Near You!

There is no registration fee and Title VI program directors and staff are strongly encouraged to attend.

The Administration on Aging, Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs is sponsoring three Title VI Training & Technical Assistance Field Forums & Listening Sessions for 2006:

  1. Call Hector Maldonado at Kauffman & Associates, Inc. and ask him to fax you a registration form; or
  2. Click here to go to the home page and complete the online registration form; or
  3. Call Hector Maldonado at 509-747-4994 for assistance with the registration process.

What is successful ageing and who should define it?

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What is successful ageing and who should define it?
Bowling and Dieppe BMJ.2005; 331: 1548-1551

Unfortunately, the British Medical Journal e-version now requires a subscription which I can’t afford and have no library access to.

BMJ usually has thoughtful articles, so this is definitely one to look up.

Lynne Curry: A new outlook can benefit

Lynne Curry has a Monday column in the Anchorage Daily News about management and job issues. Her firm is The Growth Company

She gives good advice with well-chosen words. Some of this advice is good off the job, too. For example,

….Let the 2005 past be past. It’s easy to become stuck in the past, to think thoughts you’ve thought before and continue to reach the same conclusions. It’s tempting to try to rework situations or relationships that didn’t pan out. But, do you want to stay stuck?

If a supervisor, co-worker, employee or situation made your life miserable last year, and you don’t want to carry negative issues forward, don’t. The value of challenging situations lies in the learning you take from them and not the continued re-experiencing of what was difficult. Why carry dead weight forward? Let the past be past….

However, some people and institutions, perhaps especially those serving older people, have a tendency to say “Get over it!” so they won’t be held accountable for their mistakes and damage. Lynn also advises here

• Admit the areas of your responsibility.
• Admit mistakes and limits.

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AARP Bulletin: Blogosphere 101

This is a small, but annotated listing of the “Elderblogosphere”, published on AARP’s website.
Older Bloggers List
, By Patrick J. Kiger, December 2005

Ronni Bennet’s weblog, as mentioned earlier, as an extensive listing. Check out her category “Elderbloggers” for her annotations

How to Dremel Dog Nails @

I have an older dog, currently 12 1/2 years, and still active (Thanks Eukanuba Senior diet). She’s a tough terrier / Australian cattle dog and fed up with the nail clipping. Increasingly it’s been difficult for me to keep her nails trim—what with my in between eyes, reluctant dog, occasional cuticle mistakes.

Using a cordless rotary tool to sand the nails actually works. Dog even tries to lick my hand while I’m working. (Cat is not interested at all. But her nails are clear.)

Excellent instructions with illustrations are here

The pet Dremel is hard to find on the tundra and Amazon won’t postal mail anything labelled “hardware” to Alaska; other on-line stores, including the pet stores, refuse to use postal mail ($4.05 at priority rates), preferring the other two shippers, at over $25 to $50 to ship a $25 purchase. Fortunately, a friend was visiting Wal-Mart (400 miles away as the raven flies; no roads) and found the Mini-Mite (model 754). No wrenches are needed and it is re-chargeable. It comes with just one battery pack so a second one will have to wait for another friend to go to the Big City.

And, it is safe for use with in-between eyes on my own toenails.

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Old age isn't a disease.

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