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Elderly and Seniors

The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome



The Wikipedia page.

Anger is still with us, as of this writing, and looking pretty scary.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 13, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Movies, Avant Garde, 1950s

Wearable Airbag

Designed to prevent elderly people from injuring themselves when they fall.

Interesting idea, though I imagine getting people to wear these things often enough to make a difference would be a challenge.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 15, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Inventions

Anti-Aging Chair

Hattie Wiener received patents in 1991 and 1993 for an anti-aging chair. The two patents were basically variations on the same theme. The 1991 version of the chair is on the left below, and the 1993 version is on the right.

Actually, in the patent write-ups she didn’t mention the anti-aging properties of the chair, but that’s how she described it to the media. She also promoted herself as an “anti-aging consultant.”

The idea was that the chair would force a person to sit upright, and thereby improve their posture and circulation. And this, in turn, would help a person stay healthy as they aged.



She hoped to sell the chair for $600. A lot for a fairly minimalist piece of furniture. But as far as I can tell, it never made it to market.

(left) The Desert Sun - Oct 27, 1991; (right) Austin American-Statesman - Nov 10, 1991



Hattie was in her 50s when she patented the chair. Fast-forward almost thirty years, and now, in her 80s, she's still in the news, but for a very different reason. She's become known as the "Tinder Granny," due to her enthusiasm for using the dating app Tinder to find hookups with younger men.

She's certainly defying the stereotypes of age. But I'm disappointed that in none of the recent pictures of her is she using her anti-aging chair. In fact, in the photo below she's totally slouching.

Hattie Wiener, age 83

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 12, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Furniture, Inventions

Elderly Should Lose Vote

Back in 1970, Douglas P. Stewart, a professor of classics at Brandeis University, made headlines for advocating that the elderly should lose the right to vote.

His thesis is this:
"The old, having no future, are dangerously free from the consequences of their own political acts, and it makes no sense to allow the vote to someone who is actuarially unlikely to survive and pay the bills for (what) he may help elect."
In other words, Stewart thinks old people vote with an attitude of "grand je serais mort, je me ficherais de tou — (when I'm dead, it (society) can go to hell)."

Stewart, if he's still alive, would now be around 83. I wonder if he's still voting?

The Daily Journal (Franklin, Indiana) — Sep 23, 1970

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 17, 2016 - Comments (12)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Politics, Elderly, 1970s

Mike Greenstein, RIP



Obit here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 25, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Human Marvels, Obituaries

Do Not Tick Off Granny

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An elderly Austrian Grandmother spent her final days shredding over a million dollars to keep her heirs from inheriting the money. I guess they shouldn't have put her in a nursing home. Go Granny!

Posted By: patty - Wed Dec 30, 2015 - Comments (10)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Money, Elderly

All Aboard The Doggy Train


Those dogs are lucky to have such great humans taking care of them!

Posted By: patty - Fri Oct 02, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Elderly and Seniors, Engineering and Construction, Dogs

Where the heck am I?

1949: Street sweeper Joseph Pistolese, age 74, just keep sweeping until suddenly he looked up and realized he had no idea where he was.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle - July 27, 1949



After coming across the news clipping about Pistolese, I then noticed the birthday card below on sale at the supermarket. Since it reminded me of him, I had my wife snap a photo of it with her iPhone.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Sep 28, 2015 - Comments (15)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, 1940s

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