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Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 14, 2012 at 10:41am

Gary - Spectator Letters:

Beware the Internet - it's a menace, by Ian Alexander

I do not know anyone whose life has improved noticeably due to the Internet. Presumably, social media improved Donna Marie Antoniadis' life because she makes money from it. She's an expert; she's a salesperson. Experts have objectivity. If you predicted in 1945 that in the near future people would voluntarily log their personal information onto a worldwide tracking system so corporations, strangers (and perhaps police) could "follow" their every move, you would be called mad.

April 7/12

My response:

I am 80 and the Internet is invaluable to me

I would like to say to the letter writer that my life has improved due to the Internet.

I am 80 years old and new to Hamilton so don't know many people here yet. My family is scattered across North America - a daughter in Newfoundland, one in B.C., and one in Nevada. My sister is in Florida and brother is in New Brunswick. The Internet with email is invaluable for communicating with them, as well as the friends I left behind when moving to Hamilton.

I can read my daughter's blog from Newfoundland and know how her family is doing. Before the Internet this would not have been possible.

I am not so foolish as to put my personal information such as address and phone number on any Internet site.

Yes, the Internet has proved invaluable to me and improved my life with communication.

April 10/12

Comment by barbara craven on April 14, 2012 at 6:10am

Actually we were finished with what we wanted to do by noon, so we escaped down through Queen Street, stopping fr our usual sushi and then taking Kingston Road for a while and then up north.  The one thing about living where we do is that you can take any road west and south coming down and any road east and north going home.. We didn't travel the 401 at all.  A few years back I decided to see how many doifferent ways I could go to get home.  and I haven't traveled on all of them yet. .

Comment by barbara craven on April 14, 2012 at 6:05am

I've never heard the virus theory Gary.  I know it's hereditary.  Also the best way to avoid it is to keep using your brain as much as possible..  Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between that and other forms of senility. because both change the personality and one of the first symptoms is loss of short term memory.. 

Comment by barbara craven on April 13, 2012 at 9:52pm

My mother had TIAs and was diagnosed with  Alzheimers when she was my age, but she finally died from a brain tumour. My late husband had it for 10 years before he finally died from lung cancer.  That's probably why I like to live life to the fullest now.  Especially after having that pulmonary embolism in January.

 Which is all leading up to saying, yes, Alexander, Annette and I had a ball today.  In fact we just got home.

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 13, 2012 at 8:00pm

With my aunt, my mother's sister, she was the only one that I know of with Alzheimers in my family.

I think a lot of her problem was being very much alone after my uncle died. She lived in a posh condo in Ottawa and very few dropped in to see her or communicate with her. I wish I could have gone and lived with her.

Someone in the condo told the postman she had died! So he quit delivering her mail! Damned fool. When I visited her I confronted him as to why she wasn't getting any mail, important letters from her bank, etc. He said he'd been told she'd died.

I wrote to the postoffice head at the time and with apologies they said they would retrain the man and other carriers.

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 13, 2012 at 7:56pm

My D-I-L plans on doing a lot of research on the Internet and contacting the Alzheimer's society. She hopes to find a group they can join. She is very good at this type of thing.

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 13, 2012 at 5:10pm

Just got a sad message from my D-I-L. Her mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimers and it seems she has had several TIAs. Her father is very heartbroken over the diagnosis. So sad.

Comment by alexander Mollison on April 13, 2012 at 3:00pm

 hope Barb and Annette had  a great day !!

Comment by barbara craven on April 13, 2012 at 8:19am


Comment by Annette Tilden on April 13, 2012 at 8:05am

Look out, Toronto.  Barb Craven and I are coming to town.


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