Dealing With The System

Last week I wrote about the inability for two well spouses in different circumstances to handle an illness crisis in the same way.

Men As Caregivers

I have often written my column about women and their experiences as caregivers. It was not my intension to exclude men, however most support groups I attended were either entirely or mostly made up of women. So naturally, I tend to see things from a woman's perspective.

Balancing A Simcha And A Crisis

Dealing with chronic illness when planning even the most joyous of occasions is very difficult, even when there is no crisis at the moment.

Lancut

On my many trips to Poland, I always heard of the amazing synagogue structure in Lancut.

How To Cut Off Support – Unintentionally, Of Course

Coming home to a full answering machine of questions and calls, many insisting that you call back immediately to fill them in during a crisis, is the last thing anyone wants to face.

Yizkor Books

With the upcoming anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I thought it would be appropriate to write about Yizkor Books.

The Old Shtetl Lipno

There is evidence of Jewish presence in Lipno as early as the 18th century.

Cemetery Cleanup In Poland

Recently I wrote about the partial desecration of the cemetery in Bilgoraj, by a construction company, despite the promises of local officials that no defilement would take place.

Downtown Brooklyn

Question: Is there any way to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians?

Agudat HaRabonim Of Poland Re-established After 70 Years

An event, thought to be impossible after the Shoah, took place in Lodz.

If You Want My Business, Don’t Make It So Hard

Last week I told Francis' story of how she helped convince a car dealership to put in a permanent ramp and keep it accessible.

Follow Your Dreams; The Responses Of Children

I recently wrote an article about older adults who are single, whether widowed or divorced, who have grown children with their own young families.

The Other Side Of The Story (Part I)

Miriam and Judy were close. Even though their ages and lifestyles were very different, they connected.

Long Distance Caregivers

The lure of warm weather in winter has many of us who are retired going south for the winter.

Let Me Tell You What You Need To Do! (Part One)

People, with the utmost concern and caring, tend to give advice. And to them the advice makes sense, eminent sense.

Overeating And The Well Spouse, A Reaction

Dear Ann, I have been following your articles on being overweight and wanted to tell you my beef (double entendre intended).

Newly Translated Book On The Warsaw Ghetto

Many books have been written about the Warsaw Ghetto in the 66 years since its destruction. There have been reports, memoirs, studies, albums and movies of all kinds that have tried to tell the story of what happened. But to date for the English speaker the story was never complete.

Vandals Desecrate Cemetery

Last week, Mr. Sigmund Rolat visited his birthplace in Poland, the city of Czestochowa. As he does on every trip, he took time out to pay his respects to the local Jewish cemetery.

Salute to Israel Parade, Manhattan

Question: In the wake of the Winograd Report on last summer's Lebanon war, should Prime Minister Olmert resign?

Self-Care (Part II)

I was privileged to participate in a support group of "well spouses".

The Positive Side of Autism: An Interview with Dr. Temple Grandin

For many years, autism was considered to be a rare, mysterious and severely disabling condition. But in recent years, due at least in part to a broadening of its medical definition, the incidence of the diagnosis of autism and related disorders has risen to about 1 in every 150 babies born in this country.

Neuropsychological Testing: A Therapist Responds

Dear Ann, I've read your last few articles on psycho-neurological testing (Oct.8-22) with interest. As a therapist who has counseled couples dealing with chronic illness, I'd like to give you another perspective.

Pursuing Your Dreams. Is There An Age Limit?

Moshe, in N.Y., gets a call from his father in Chicago. "Son, I can't take it any more. I'm divorcing your mother. I've had enough. It's over."

Why Do They Stay?

Last week I tried to give some insight into the real existence of a well spouse.

We Welcome The Disabled… Yeah Right

The law requires disability access in most public places. For the most part, new stores, restaurants and theaters have complied.

Woodbury, Long Island

Question: How do you feel about a possible MTA fare hike?

The Other Side Of Invisibility

I was recently in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I could not get over the magnificent scenery.

The Desire For Help – The Need To Be Independent

A well spouse must be independent. There is often no partner to call on for help, physical or mental, and so s/he is left to make all the decisions, carry all the heavy things, make all plans and preparations on her own.

The Old Shtetl Ilza (Drildz)

Ilza is a picturesque town in a valley along the Ilzanka River in south-central Poland.

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