Category Archives: Thoughts

Posts relating to various things I’m thinking about.

Online Resources for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens are one of the fastest growing groups of new internet users. Below is a small list of links I’ve thrown together to help Senior Citizens learn about some of the resources available to them. If you would like to see something added to this list, or more information about something, feel free to contact me here.

Online resources for senior citizens:

  • Senior Citizens’ Resources from
  • – (from the site) Every day, people from every walk of life become the victims of crime. And every day, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is there to help them rebuild their lives
  • – over 125,000 discounts for people over 50
  • What Happens Now – share, learn, live through and prepare for life’s changes and challenges
  • – a connectivity and community site for Senior Women
  • Home Well Senior Care – hourly live in caregivers
  • Benefits, advocacy and information on aging for people age 50 and over from AARP
  • SeniorNet – bringing wisdom to the information age
  • Suddenly Senior – a place for everyone who’s become senior before their time
  • Benefits Check Up – a service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) – for people 55 or over – helps thousands of people every day to connect to private or government programs that help them pay for prescription drugs, health care, utilities and other needs
  • – The Official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare
  • Medicare Rights Center – Your Guide Through the Medicare Maze
  • Wired Seniors – gives Seniors “a web of your own” and serves as the main hub of many Seniors related web sites
  • – a comprehensive source of information and services for seniors and their caregivers
  • Independent Life Resources – unlimited resources and support for persons with disabilities, senior citizens and those who care
  • – Senior Citizens’ resources
  • – Senior Citizens news and information daily on the web
  • Becoming aware of elder abuse – a post I made in this blog in December 2006 with links and information about elder abuse
  • SeniorLaw home page – a site where senior citizens, their families, attorneys, social workers, and financial planners can access information about elder law, Medicare, Medicaid, guardianship, estate planning, trusts and the rights of the elderly and disabled
  • – Senior home care, home healthcare, assisted living, caregiver support services
  • SeniorJobBank – jobs for the over 50 talent pool (plus numerous other links and resources too)
  • Directory of resources for Senior Citizens from
  • eMedical Assistans – a site that helps those who want to pursue a medical assisting career – Authored by Health Care Providers

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The Translator book launch

The Translator:
Reflections on Iran, America and the Looming Crisis in the Middle East

The Jim Bryan story as told to Michael McCarthy

Personal note: I don’t normally recommend too many books, but I’ve had the pleasure of working for Jim’s wife for almost 4 years now. Jim is a very interesting man who has led a fascinating life.


Born in Iran in 1925, Jim Bryan (Motarjemi) immigrated to the U.S. in 1954. Jim is a former Iranian boxing champion, Bay Area radio and TV broadcaster, Persian Community organizer, and business man.

His friendships have included many famous acting, media sports and political figures such as the Shah of Iran, Lowell Thomas Junior, Wilt Chamberlain, former California Governor George Dukmejian, actors Lloyd Bridges, Jane Russell and Robert Culp, and many more fascinating people.

From the Preface:

“Newspaper headlines shout out the warnings: Iran may be developing weapons of mass destruction! Iran joins Iraq and North Korea as countries the American government has identified as the Axis of Evil! Iran is a threat to the peace and security of the planet! Iranian mullahs shout threats that their country will not be pushed around. Will Iran force the world powers to take action?”

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The special gift

Author Unknown

The following is an excerpt from a newsletter I subscribe to from The International Council of Online Professionals. The story has been around for quite awhile, but it still holds true. This link will take you to a webpage where you can sign up for the newsletter. It’s free.

Bobby was getting cold sitting out in his backyard in the snow. Bobby didn’t wear boots; he didn’t like them and anyhow he didn’t own any. The thin sneakers he wore had a few holes in them and they did a poor job of keeping out the cold.

Bobby had been in his backyard for about an hour already. And, try as he might, he could not come up with an idea for his mother’s Christmas gift. He shook his head as he thought, “This is useless, even if I do come up with an idea, I don’t have any money to spend.”

Ever since his father had passed away three years ago, the family of five had struggled. It wasn’t because his mother didn’t care, or try, there just never seemed to be enough. She worked nights at the hospital, but the small wage that she was earning could only be stretched so far. What the family lacked in money and materials things, they made up for in love and family unity.

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A different type of election day question

How accurate are election day results? I’m hoping someone can explain to me how my mother (a registered Republican btw) who lives in Texas and has lived there for the past 3 years is still receiving absentee ballots from the state of California. Had she wanted to, she could have voted in both states. It makes me wonder how many other people this has happened to and how often it happens, not to mention why it happens. It also makes me wonder how many people can cast votes twice in 2 different tates and how many dead people and illegal aliens are voting in this country?

Reports are already pouring in about all the difficulties going on with the election. Florida (imagine that), Indiana, Ohio to name a few states, are having problems with electronic voting equipment. Accusations of voter intimidation in Virginia are being investigated by the FBI.

People aren’t perfect and we all make mistakes. But with something as detrimental as a nationwide election, every state should have a system in place to make sure that the person voting is alive, and living in the state they’re voting in. There is already lots of debate about the authenticity of electronic voting machines. That debate will be ongoing for quite a while.

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Make your vote count on election day

If you’re a registered voter, it’s important to vote tomorrow. It’s easy to wonder if your vote really counts but you have to believe it does. If enough people vote, they can make a difference.

Vote yes on this proposition and no on that one, then the complete opposite telling you to vote no on this and yes on that. One medical group supports this one and one doesn’t. Big oil companies supporting a no on a proposition to raise their taxes. God forbid they lose a portion of their 75 billion dollar quarter profit. Poor smokers in this state have been screwed before and undoubtedly will be again.

Granted smoking is bad for you, but making smokers pay all these extra taxes that supposedly go to teaching non-smoking resources seems more like a form of discrimination than anything else. Like one small group of people is going to pay enough with extra taxes to fund medical care across the state, especially as large as California is. It’s going to take a lot more than that, especially with the medical expenses completely overinflated the way they are.

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