Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Will you live to be 100?

Check out this piece at Healthy Living, called, "10 Surprising Clues You'll Live to 100". 

Not sure if everyone wants to live to 100, but if you are a woman, your chances are higher.

Click here:

Have an awesome day!

-- Angela G. Gentile

Thursday, June 6, 2013

105-Year-Old Driver Doesn't Think He's Old

Kudos to Mr. Bob Edwards, who is 105 and lives in New Zealand with his 91-year-old wife.  Still drives three times a week and doesn't think he's old.  Heck, the world's oldest driver was 108.

Read about it, here:

Have a great day!

-- Angela G. Gentile

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Aging Revolution

Read this article by Virginia Bell, The Aging Revolution: There's never been a better time to be older.

"There's a movement building that has less to do with how you look and more about how you feel."

Have an awesome day!

-- Angela G. Gentile

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

When Dementia Strikes
I have been doing some research on Resident-to-Resident Aggression in long term care, when the aggressive person has a diagnosis of dementia.  In extreme cases, dementia can cause people to react or respond aggressively towards others, sometimes leading to criminal offenses and sometimes even death.

I have also been working with couples who live in their own home, where the husband has a diagnosis of dementia, and has been physically aggressive towards his wife.  These situations are particularly risky for the wife due to her husband's ability to become agitated and harm her, combined with her desire to keep him home as long as possible.  The reverse can also be true, when the wife has dementia.

Aggression in people with dementia is a big problem in Canada, and I am sure around the world.  Here is a collection of articles from around the internet on stories that I thought were worth noting.  Hopefully we will be able to find a better solution for managing, treating and housing people with dementia who have the potential to harm others, in order to keep people safe, and to protect the dignity of those living with dementia.

Long Term Care (Institutional):

April 11, 2013, Australia:  Assaults in Nursing Homes go Unreported or Hundreds of Dementia Assaults going Unreported

March 15, 2013, Canada:  Woman killed, another injured, in attack at seniors residence in Scarborough

March 12, 2013, USA:  Resident-to-Resident Assault in Minnesota Nursing Homes

Feb. 9, 2013, Canada:  More than 10,000 Canadians Abused Annually by fellow nursing home residents

Oct. 26, 2012, Canada:  B.C. Senior Pushed to Her Death in Care Home

Feb. 8, 2012, USA:  No Murder Charges Against Man with Alzheimer's

June 11, 2011, Canada:  Double Murder in Nursing Home A Wake-Up Call

March 29, 2011, Canada:  Man, 87, Dies After Winnipeg Care Home Assault

June 11, 2010, UK:  Care Home Resident, 83, Killed Stranger He Mistook for His Wife

December 11, 2009, USA:  Roommate, 98, indicted for murder in 100-year-old woman's nursing home death

November 30, 2003, USA:  3 dementia patients dead in shooting.

Private Dwellings (Non-Institutional):

October 4, 2012, USA:  Wife, 77, Accused of murdering husband may suffer from dementia - continued making victim's meals for days while corpse remained

April 6, 2012, USA:  Shrewsbury Man Accused of Killing Wife, Cannibalism

Nov. 2011, USA:  Dementia Sufferer, 96, 'Batters 81-year-old-wife to death after thinking she had stolen his money'

May 11, 2001, USA:  Elderly man charged in death.


February 9, 2013 - W5 - Crisis in Care, CTV

May 13, 2011 - Nursing Home Violence Show ,White Coat, Black Art, CBC

2007 - Grey, Black and Blue: Nursing Home Violence, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

October 22, 2007 - Nursing Homes: Fear and Violence, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

A sad and horrific state of affairs. 


Angela G. Gentile

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Aging in the Movies

For my course on "Social Aspects of Aging", we had an opportunity to watch a movie which has an older person playing a significant role.  I started searching for a movie to watch, and in my research, I came up with a list of movies that I have either seen or want to see that has an older adult in a main role.  Here are some of the movies I came up with:

On Golden Pond (1981) (Husband has memory problems)

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) (Older woman develops dementia)

Grumpy Old Men (1993)

Grumpier Old Men (1995)

Away From Her (2006) (Wife develops dementia)

The Bucket List (2007)

Up (2009)

The First Grader (2010)

Robot & Frank (2012)

The Notebook (2004) (Wife develops dementia)

Amour (2012) (Wife has a stroke and what looks to be vascular dementia)

Late Bloomers (2011) (about an older married couple)

Lovely, Still (2008) (Husband develops dementia)

Still Mine (2012) (Wife has memory problems)

Here is a listing from another site about "Movies Depicting Alzheimer's Disease:

Here's a list of The 10 Best Films About Aging and the Elderly:

What movies would you add?


Angela G. Gentile