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Mary Ann Sundown

Ms Sundown is almost a nonagenarian. More importantly, as a highly accomplished dancer and creator she has certainly brought a liveliness and attention to modern traditional dance in our region. [see previous post on Eskimo dancing

Yupik’ elder Mary Ann Sundown, 87, of Scammon Bay made a quest appearance with Upallret Dancers from Bethel during Quyana Alaska presented by the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention at the Egan Center on Wednesday, October 25, 2006

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Mary Ann Sundown

2008-04-06
Ms Sundown danced at Cama’i this year.

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Brit boomers compaign against mandatory retirement

From Boing-boing

Employers in the UK can sack anyone once they reach 65 years of age, no questions asked/reasons given. So we’ve put together this tongue-in-cheek image as part of our online campaign – Churchill was 65 when he became prime minister in 1940, Mandela 75 when he received the Nobel prize.

Grabbing public toilets

The comment left here

pointed out that generic grab bars in public toilets were not best suited to individuals at home.

Here are examples from our publicly funded senior center. Click on the pictures below to see a larger version. Try the frailty simulation with either toilet [When you visit the senior center –
https://theelderlies.wordpress.com/2005/08/06/ when-you-visit-the-senior-center/]

Place one hand behind your back and stand on one foot. Now, sit down. Then, stand up.

I think each wall tile is 4 inches square (on a side, a.k.a., 4 by 4 inches).

This bathroom is as it appears after (and before) the $280,772 Alaska state community development block grant for senior center improvements. [Bethel Senior Center Building Grants
https://theelderlies.wordpress.com/2005/08/17/senior-center-building-grants/]

This first photo is of our “handicapped” toilet (one of two women’s toilets in the Bethel senior center ground floor.) There are 2 bars, to an elder’s right and back (as seated). Click on each photo to see a larger view.

EHSC “Handicapped” toilet

Here’s the only other woman’s toilet on the first floor. For both, note the grab bars, the extra stall width, the floor to seat height. We fortunately have a variety of older body-types (and abilities) so having just the one standard inflexible set of fixtures levels the playing field and provides equal opportunity aches, pains, strains, ligament tears, fragility fractures.

EHSC Second women’s toilet, 2006

How well did you do on the tests?


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chop-stick mod

via Boing-boing

is this interesting site which shows how to make a chopstick closer from a clothespin.

[There is an illustration for making ear trumpets out of plastic flowerpots which don’t look very useful. However, combined with the plastic fork fake teeth might make an interesting Hallowe’en costume.]

Queen of gardens in Alaska, 1915 – 2006

LENORE HEDLA: Her “Alaska Gardener’s Handbook” is a bible.

http://www.adn.com/life/gardening/story/8324193p-8220249c.html

By DEBRA McKINNEY, Anchorage Daily News, Published: October 20, 2006


“Lenore was the person who set the backbone for gardening here,” he said. “One of the reasons I never wrote a book about gardening in Alaska was that Lenore did…. “Hedla did other things besides pushing the frontiers of Alaska gardening, like being a major in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II. She once had tea with Bess Truman at the White House. Hedla was area director for Girl Scouts of America and was living in Washington, D.C., at the time….

Hedla left her place to the Nature Conservancy, Carlson said, and the bulk of her estate to the University of Alaska in honor of her late husband.

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Atlantic Philanthropies: Mobilize Seniors

Atlantic Philanthropies Launches Partnership to Mobilize Seniors (10/04/06)

    Atlantic Philanthropies ( http://atlanticphilanthropies.org/ ) has announced a multi-year, multi-million-dollar initiative to help communities mobilize people over the age of 60 in the fight against economic decline, failing schools, urban sprawl, and other serious social issues.

    Through research, planning, and community projects, the Community Experience Partnership will work to increase the involvement of seniors in volunteering, employment, and lifelong learning opportunities. During the first phase of the program, thirty community foundations will receive grants of up to $25,000 to assess and better understand the opportunities for older adults to devise creative solutions for problems in their communities. The initial $750,000 in local investments will likely be followed by millions in grants for planning and implementing new programs.

    “Tapping the tremendous potential of older adults to improve life for everyone in their communities is at the heart of this initiative,” said Laura Robbins, head of Atlantic’s U.S. Aging Program. “In communities across the U.S., the energy, skills, and experience of people over 60 are ready to be unleashed. Imagine how much stronger communities will be when they choose to benefit from the time and talents of their most experienced citizens.”

    “Communities Across America to Tap Boomers’ Experience to Tackle Problems.” Atlantic Philanthropies Press Release. 9/28/06.


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    Eye-Catching Images of Nature

    Eye-Catching Images of Nature, Made With a Common Machine
    Published: October 10, 2006

    For the past half century, Dr. Eisner, now an emeritus professor at Cornell, continued his travels in the fields of entomology, evolutionary biology, chemical ecology and conservation. Some of his best-known research was on the explosive chemical outburst of the bombardier beetle, which he and his colleagues analyzed and photographed.

    Dr. Eisner became known not only for his research but also for capturing the natural world in astonishing images… Recently, however, the limitations of Parkinson’s disease led Dr. Eisner to explore the capabilities of a new tool for capturing the natural world: the color copier…

    How did these images come to be? “…There were only two provisos. Parts had to be laid out upside down on the copier’s stage, because the copier ‘sees’ the stage from beneath, and the arrangements, once composed, had to be covered with a black velvet cloth to exclude ambient light from the picture.”

    Copiers, he suggests, might be useful for children, for adults in nursing homes, or for anyone who has limited mobility and access to the natural world. They can produce stunning images. At a cost of a few hundred dollars, he said, every nursing home could have one.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/10/science/10eisn.html

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