Search Results for 'grandfather'

Otto Friend, nonagenarian

The Delta Discovery is one of our regional newspapers. Many of the articles may also be read on-line. Unfortunately, there isn’t a photo of Mr. Friend.

by Jodi Friend, student Kuskokwim Campus

My paternal grandfather Otto Friend has lived in the native village of Kwigillingok, a costal village located on the Southwestern Region of Alaska, nearly all his life.

When my grandfather was a young boy, most of the Yup’ik people in the village lived on the left side of the Kwigillingok River, while only a few lived on the right side.

…what are my grandfather’s personality, favorite foods, and hobbies?
My grandfather is mean, grumpy, strict, selfish, and forgetful at times, but he is also humorous, caring, and loving. His nickname is “Apiin” (similar to grandfather) and “Dad.”

Otto loves to eat blackberry “akutaq” (Eskimo ice cream), beluga whale blubber, dried salmon, white fish, bird soup, and loves drinking Red Rose tea with his elder friends.

His hobbies include watching Kung Fu movies, taking naps, snow machine riding, checking the Kwigillingok River, playing with his grandchildren, working on seal skin, carving wood, and taking steam baths.

… After serving in the Alaskan Territorial Guard (ATG), his sight has not been the same. My paternal aunts and uncles told me that Otto, little by little, stopped going subsistence hunting because of his affected vision. Although he has this problem, it does not keep him from being in charge of how the gathered and hunted food is prepared or stored for the winter.

Right now, he’s 90-years-old and he still walks and takes a steam bath in the “maqivik” (steam house or sauna) just about every night…. In conclusion, Otto is a lot of fun to be around. I admire and respect him because he has been through so much in his life and because he has a lot of experience when it comes to subsistence living. He is also a very good grandfather, not just to me, but to my other relatives as well. […]

Site Search Tags: , , ,

meth and elder abuse

Elder abuse pre-dates methamphetamine but this seems even uglier than alcohol abuse in some ways. Elder abuse and neglect exists because bullying is tolerated. The elderlies need to stick together and insist on their rights and protections. Senior centers and church pastors are required to report abuse and neglect (of course, senior centers should not contribute to neglect, either).

Even the smallest Village or Pueblo can take an extra minute to check on folks. In New Mexico, some of the tribal solid waste management planning included an option for the trash haulers to

  • teach recycling and sanitation
  • to stop by each older person’s or shut-in’s residence for a wellness check and pick up trash,
  • and to be trained to know the signs of abuse or neglect.

Friday, February 9 – Elder Abuse:
As the methamphetamine epidemic spreads across Indian Country, reports of elder abuse are on the rise. In some cases, elders are having their retirement checks and supplementary tribal checks stolen by relatives addicted to meth and other drugs. Tribal officials across the nation are putting together infrastructures designed to protect the welfare of our grandmothers and grandfathers. Whatever happened to respecting our elders? Guests include Wilson Wewa (Northern Paiute) Team Leader with the Warm Springs Reservation Senior Program.

Tune in and take part in this intense and stimulating one-hour call-in radio talk show inspiring people from all walks of life to reflect on Native American issues and how they influence our lives. Call toll free at 1-800-996-2848 (1-800-99-NATIV) You can listen to Native America Calling LIVE on-line. Or visit the web site at

Sept. 10 US Grandparents Day

News Headlines from The Christian Science Monitor

More and more grandparents tend to grandkids
On Sept. 10, the US celebrates Grandparents Day, and with 56 million US grandfathers and grandmothers, there are many good reasons to mark the occasion. Increasingly, however, grandparents aren’t just the warm and generous relatives who visit their families on holidays or call with greetings on special occasions. They are active caregivers to children, especially in this day and age of working couples and single-parent households. Grandparents are often asked or volunteer to help tend their grandchildren, sometimes out of financial necessity. Statistics provided by the Census Bureau that help fill out the picture:

Children living with grandparents 6.1 million

Grandparents responsible for most of the basic needs of live-in grandchildren 2.4 million

Foreign-born grandparents caring for grandchildren 320,000

Grandparents who’ve cared for grandchildren at least five years 920,000

Grandparents in poverty caring for grandchildren 460,000

Site Search Tags:

O’Folks (off their rocker)

Old age isn't a disease.

Arctic sunset

© header image

Comments how-tos

For those new to blogs, check out this post *commenting on blogs* Recent comments, on the sidebar blogroll, often have additional or complementary information. Recent revisions of posts themselves may be found by using the search box for "revised". Tech support says spam (ads or worse) is hitting WordPress heavily so if you don't see your comment in 24 hours, send an E-mail and TS will check the spam trap.


RSS Nonagenarian news

  • Still telling stories at age 90 - Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
    Lockport Union-Sun & JournalStill telling stories at age 90Lockport Union-Sun & JournalJOED VIERA/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERLocal storyteller John Cull, who's been writing short stories, fiction and non-fiction, plays and poetry since the 1940s, is working on getting two new stories published this year. He's celebrating his 90th birthday on ...and […]
  • Former chancellor Lord Denis Healey dies aged 98 following short illness - chancellor Lord Denis Healey dies aged 98 following short Healey died peacefully at his home in Sussex this morning after a short illness. He was a Leeds East MP for 37 years and had attended Bradford Grammar School in West Yorks, having moved to the area with his family when he was five. As news of his ...'Lab […]
  • Pioneering Cleveland journalist Doris O'Donnell dies at age 94 - Tribune-Review
    Pioneering Cleveland journalist Doris O'Donnell dies at age 94Tribune-ReviewWhen she retired 50 years later, Bill Clinton was finishing his first term in the White House. Mrs. O'Donnell, who died Sept. 27, 2015 at age 94, according to Matt Groll, chairman of the Allegheny Foundation and Mrs. O'Donnell's longtime friend. Mrs. O ...
  • Home Depot's oldest employee, age 91, tells CBC the secret to a long life -
    CBC.caHome Depot's oldest employee, age 91, tells CBC the secret to a long lifeCBC.caDavid Frank turns 91 this fall. He's oldest Home Depot employee in Canada, living and working in Windsor, Ont. On International Day for Older Persons, CBC Windsor asked him for the secret to living a long life. He credits his longevity to good genes ...and more »
  • Paul Reed Last Washington Color School Painter Dies Age 96 - ArtLyst
    ArtLystPaul Reed Last Washington Color School Painter Dies Age 96ArtLystPaul Reed the last living member of the Washington Color School also referred to as post painterly abstractionists has died age 96. This was an art group that gained notoriety in the 1960s and included Morris Lewis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler.and more »
  • Trailblazing Cleveland journalist Doris O'Donnell dies at age 94 -
    cleveland.comTrailblazing Cleveland journalist Doris O'Donnell dies at age 94cleveland.comCLEVELAND, Ohio -- Doris O'Donnell, who covered everything from the Sam Sheppard murder case to the Hough riots during her long career as a Cleveland journalist, died Sunday at age 94. Her death was reported by the Tribune-Review in Pennsylvania, ...
  • Montclair's Yogi Berra dies at age 90 -
    NorthJersey.comMontclair's Yogi Berra dies at age 90NorthJersey.comYogi Berra, whose uncommon gifts as a player and common man's persona made him a legendary figure in Yankees history and delighted generations of baseball fans, has died at the age of 90. A three-time AL MVP-winning catcher and 10-time world ...Baseball Legend Yogi Berra Dies At Age […]
  • Hall of Famer, legendary Yankees catcher Yogi Berra dies at age 90 -
    CBSSports.comHall of Famer, legendary Yankees catcher Yogi Berra dies at age 90CBSSports.comJust as his playing career was dawning in 1943 at age 18, Berra joined the World War II effort by signing up with the Navy. He took part in the invasion of Normandy in 1944 and, two months later, Berra was wounded in battle during an operation on ...MLB Legend, Yogi B […]
  • Former British Labour Chancellor Denis Healey dead at age 98, family says ... -
    BreakingNews.comFormer British Labour Chancellor Denis Healey dead at age 98, family says ...BreakingNews.comVeteran left-wing MP John McDonnell will be shadow chancellor in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet, the party said. - @PA · See original on · Alert my friends. 14 WHOA!
  • Baseball legend Yogi Berra dies age 90 - Sydney Morning Herald
    Sydney Morning HeraldBaseball legend Yogi Berra dies age 90Sydney Morning HeraldNew York Yankees legend Yogi Berra has died at age 90. Berra was the backbone of the Yankees side that won a record 10 world championships in the 1940's, 50's and 60's. He was a three-time MVP. The catcher led the Yankees to five consecutive world ...Yankees legend […]
October 2015
« May    

Haeremai Camai Bula Bepuwave Bienvenidos

  • 131,242 visitors


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.