Review: The New Old Age Blog

There is a New York Times blog about ageing called ‘The New Old Age Blog‘. In the about section, the author notes that parents over the age of 80 (in the USA) are the fastest growing age group and they are increasingly relying on their ‘baby boomer children’. The blog begins in July 2008 and already on the first day has received ‘400 plus‘ comments. The blog was founded by Jane Gross who has worked as a journalist at the New York Times for several decades before starting the blog. Gross writes most of the posts on the blog. The posts address really key issues about ageing. The ‘Car Keys Conversation‘ is an example as well as this one on an aspect of the end of life. There are some really useful catchphrases which summarise the situations faced by segments of the population – ‘The Sandwich Generation‘ being a case in point. In this post there is a link to a Geriatrician’s story of how he looked after his own father while in this one there is a list of films about ageing. The very serious issue of people with Alzheimer’s Disease who go missing is covered in this post while falls prevention is examined in this post, advanced directives here, sarcopenia here, hoarding here and safer homes here and here. Gross as one would expect is able to capture the human element of stories in her posts in a compelling way and to relate the issues for older adults to the readership.

Index: An index of the site can be found here. The page contains links to all of the articles in the blog in chronological order. Twitter: You can follow ‘The Amazing World of Psychiatry’ Twitter by clicking on this link. Podcast: You can listen to this post on Odiogo by clicking on this link (there may be a small delay between publishing of the blog article and the availability of the podcast). It is available for a limited period. TAWOP Channel: You can follow the TAWOP Channel on YouTube by clicking on this link. Responses: If you have any comments, you can leave them below or alternatively e-mail justinmarley17@yahoo.co.uk. Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.

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