Senior Lifestyle

Bestselling author followed sun to Tucson

Arthur Naiman

Author and publisher Arthur Naiman has no time for those without humor or creativity. The Chicago-born Tucson transplant by way of New York, Paris and the Bay Area has published more than 30 nonfiction books and started two publishing companies. A philosophy major at Brandeis University, he had no… Read more »

Helping others using unusual tool: handwriting analysis

Love of the written word and a desire to understand and help others are the forces that have driven Joan Belzer throughout her life, and, over time, she has found a way to combine them. After discovering the power of graphology, also known as handwriting analysis, Belzer was empowered… Read more »

Holocaust survivor race walks 80 km on 80th birthday

Shaul Ladany, who represented Israel in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, practices his race walking on March 21. (Photo: Dani Machlis/Ben Gurion University)

Israeli race-walking champion, academic and Holocaust survivor Shaul Ladany celebrated his 80th birthday on April 1 by walking nonstop for 80 kilometers, one kilometer for every year of his life — almost 50 miles. Ladany walked a circular track on the streets of his home community of Omer, near… Read more »

On Adventure Bus, memory takes back seat to experience

Handmaker Advventure Bus participants and volunteers listen to a docent at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, May 6. (Angela Salmon/Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging)

Angela Salmon, a program coordinator at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, doesn’t mind if her clients don’t always remember her name. She doesn’t mind if they sometimes have to search for the right words. When she and her clients are together on the Adventure Bus, a program for… Read more »

Candy-making Holocaust survivor believed to be world’s oldest man

Yisrael Kristal

(JTA) — A Holocaust survivor in Haifa many now be the oldest man in the world. Yisrael Kristal, 112, achieved that status after Yasutaro Koide of Japan, also 112, died on Jan. 12, Haaretz reported. Kristal’s grandson, Oren, received an email from the Gerontology Research Group, an international organization… Read more »

Yiddish links local man to roots — and Tucson community

Sheldon Clare teaches Yiddish at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. (Renee Claire)

So what’s your Yiddish IQ, bubbeleh? Don’t be too quick with your answer because truth is, lots of the mamaloshen (mother tongue) has entered into common English usage; think kibbitz, bagel, klutz, kosher and chutzpah. But should you want to think of more than the commonly known terms, then… Read more »

Elder Rehab at the J

Elder Rehab at the Tucson Jewish Community Center couples memory-impaired seniors with University of Arizona students who supervise them in physical exercise and memory and language stimulation activities. The research-tested program, developed by psychologist Sharon Arkin, is now enrolling participants for its third semester, which begins Jan. 25. The… Read more »

Former volunteer brings warm heart, extra spark to Handmaker residents

Nanci Levy and Handmaker residents braid challah. Seated, L-R: Peggy Simon, Betty Light and Anna Rogovin (Courtesy Handmaker)

Recently hired as community outreach coordinator at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, Nanci Levy says 20 years of volunteer work in the Tucson Jewish community was great preparation for her new role — along with a background in advertising, public relations, event planning and fund development. “Over the… Read more »

Youthful brain, meaningful life focus of ‘Staying Sharp’

Into a world bombarded by research on wellness and longevity comes “Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom.” In this smart and (relatively) simple guide, the authors, psychologist David Alter, Ph.D., and psychiatrist Henry Emmons, M.D., boil down the brightest science and… Read more »

Israeli woman, 65, gives birth to first child

(JTA) — A 65-year-old haredi Orthodox woman became the oldest woman ever to birth a child in Israel and one of the oldest in the world. Chaya Sarah Schachar of Bnei Brak delivered her first child, a healthy boy, on May 18 at the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba,… Read more »

British native finds warm welcome in Tucson

Ed Harris’ suspenders celebrate his British heritage. (Sarah Chen/AJP)

Edward Harris still celebrates the day he arrived in New York from London with only $28 in his pocket: Feb. 8, 1954. A dual citizen of the United States and Britain, he feels fortunate to have slowed his globetrotting days here in Tucson. Harris was born in 1934, just… Read more »

Multigenerational visits rewarding for Hillel students, Handmaker residents

Adam Fox, University of Arizona Hillel Foundation engagement associate, visits with Handmaker resident Brayton Person on April 9. (Andrea Ramirez/Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging)

“Cool,” says a student with the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation. “Lovely,” says a Handmaker resident. “Vital,” says another. They’re talking about a program that has been bringing Hillel students together with Handmaker residents, started by Adam Fox, Hillel’s engagement associate, with the help of Andrea Ramirez, Handmaker’s administrative and… Read more »

‘Unretirement’ offers options for workers, employers, author tells JCF forum

(L-R): Stuart Shatken, president of the Jewish Community Foundation board of trustees, Andy Shatken and author Chris Farrell at the JCF funders forum on March 16.

For many aging Americans, traditional ideas of retirement are changing. On March 16, the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona hosted a funders forum with Chris Farrell, author of “Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life” (Bloomsbury Press). Speaking… Read more »

Tucson J initiates UA-designed bone strength program

This week, the Tucson Jewish Community Center launched a new 12-week series, the BEST Protocol for Osteoporosis, with instructor Mary T. Maher, M.S., A.C.S.M.-C.P.T. The three-day-a-week program is based on the Bone Estrogen Strength Training study conducted by the University of Arizona between 1995 and 2001. The protocol’s goals… Read more »

At 98, Kirk Douglas finds his poetic muse

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, the son of an immigrant Russian Jewish ragman, marked his 98th birthday on Dec. 9 by launching his 11th book. The legendary star of 87 movies (who can forget “Spartacus”?) can look back, in happiness and grief, on countless one-night… Read more »

‘Optimal Aging’ topic for arthritis center talk

Michael Hewitt, Ph.D.

What we can do to “live younger longer” will be discussed in “Optimal Aging, Rewinding the Clock,” a University of Arizona Arthritis Center presentation by Michael Hewitt, Ph.D., Canyon Ranch Health Resort research director for exercise science, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6 to 7:15 p.m., at  the University of… Read more »