Can you identify these people who have made significant contributions
to our world community after age 62? Match the person from Column A to
his/her description in Column B.
A. Elected Prime Minister of Israel at age 71.
1. George Burns
Served until age 76.
B. 92 year old newspaper publisher and editor
2. Albert Einstein
Russian born painter who from age 71-73
3. David Ben-Gurion
worked on a series of stained glass
windows for Hadassah Hospital
92 year old actor who has a medical center
4. Isaac Bashevis
named for him at Ben Gurion University
E. Named a justice of the Israeli Supreme
5. Philip Slomovitz
Court in 1976 at age 68
F. 72 year old concert violinist
6. Golda Meir
G. German scientist who at age 73 in 1952
was invited to run for the Presidency of
H. Served as Prime Minister of Israel twice;
from ages 62-67 and 69-77
9. Arthur Rubenstein I. Elected first President of Israel at age 74
10. Chaim Weizmann J. Nobel Prize winner for literature at age 78
11. Louis D. Brandeis K. Hadassah founder who at age 73 helped
found the Youth Aliyah program which
brought tens of thousands of German and
Austrian Jewish youths to Palestine during
and prior to WWII.
who launched the nation wide
organization of Conservative Jews, the
United Synagogue of America, at age 66.
as a United States Supreme Court
13. Henrietta Szold
Justice from age 60-65
N. Concert pianist who performed until his
14. Yehudi Menuhin
death at age 96.
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Challenge Of Aging
Continued from L-1
friends to create a better "fit"
between changing needs and a
sense of well being.
Let us look at some of these
sensory changes that occur, usually
in later years, remembering that
every person is different, and make
use of the information to study your
home and that of elderly relatives.
Vision: The lens of the human
eye typically begins to lose its
elasticity and gradually starts to
become opaque at about mid-50s.
Glare on highly polished floors, on
cellophane, wrapped packages in
the supermarket, or from an
uncovered light bulb cause
discomfort to some older people.
Walking from sunny daylight to a
darkened movie is difficult for many
of us. For the elderly it takes eight-
nine times longer to adjust.
What did your check-up of your
parents' house reveal — a gleaming
one ages. Often older people are
waxed kitchen floor with the sun
dancing on it or lamps with a single described as anti-social, confused
exposed bulb that hit your eye when or rude when the problem is
inability to hear closely. Coming to
you sat down near it? Did your
house for a holiday dinner may
mother buy plums instead of apricots
because of the glare in the store?
The TV is going, the baby is crying,
Depth perception is the
capacity to perceive the outer edges the dishwasher is on and all the
background noise interferes with
between two surfaces. Did you
hearing the conversation. Your
remember that you serve food on
father may make excuses about
white plates placed on a white
coming the next time; you feel hurt
tablecloth and observe your older
and no one understands the
guests either feel for the edge of
problem. A talk in a quiet room,
the plate or miss it altogether?
sitting in front of him rather than
Watch an older person step down
beside him and pitching your voice
from a curb or climb stairs. The
lower rather than increasing its
edges may seem to merge for them.
will probably do much to
Edging the steps with bright
provide a warm and loving visit.
orange tape, using dark tablecloths
Touch: There may be
with the white dishes will help your
ability to distinguish hot
guests relax and enjoy themselves.
and scalding water, to coordinate
Offer an arm at the curb or stairs.
eye and hand, such as finding a
Hearing: The ability to hear
keyhole or winding a watch. Placing
high pitched sound may diminish as
a large red dot over hot water
faucets, replacing the old watch with
a self-winder and putting reflective
tape above and below the keyhole
offer increased opportunities for
reducing accidents and frustration.
Smell: Less is known about
losses in the sense of smell.
However, there appears to be
reduction in the taste of food and
common smells such as cooking or
flowers. Burning toast or potatoes
may not be detectd immediately.
There are many ways to
increase independence and sense
of worth by understanding the aging
process and looking for creative
accommodation to it.
Helen Naimark received her Master of Social
Work degree and Specialist in Aging
Certificate from the University of Michigan.
She has been executive director of the
Jewish Federation Apartments, Inc. since 1977
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