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Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan · Page 13

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THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood, Ml —Wednesday, Sept. 2,1998 Journalist gets diploma 77 years after dropping out of high school Page 10 »y DEEPTI HAJELA Awpciated Press Writer NEWARK, N J. (AP) — William M*dden has been many things in hi* bfrtune: writer, rap*rt«r, col- ttanUt. Until recently, ther* wu «ne thine *»« wasn't — a high •chool graduate. That changed recently when djpioma tnm L*wua High School, 77 ywirs after he dropped «rt t» Wean a n staffer saw one of Madden's columns in that paper lairt fall where he mentioned he didn't have a diploma, aaid Christine CumatingB, assistant superintended of icbeol* for the LeeM school district. Tpropoeed to the Board of Education that be get one," Cum- auap Mid. "After 77 yean el •ontMuviu, joumaligin work, he certainly demonstrated that ke the requirement* for hia " It WM a vwy decent fwturc am tfceir aart," Mad the 94-ytar-aU Ma<Jd«, »«» still write* a weekly cetuHka for the Beach H»- v«u Times-Beacon on the Jersey Shore. The idea ouae about when a (See—8CHOOL, Pag» Most 100-year-olds live with dementia By MALCOLM RfTTEN AP Science Writer TORONTO (AP) — Scientists who tracked down every centenarian in three towns reached a sobering conclusion: Few people live to 100 without losing a significant amount of brainpower. Twelve of the 17 Dutch centenarians who were examined were found to be moderately to severely demented, and three more had rnild dementia. The' other two couldn't be tested. It's a gloomy result, said Dr. Ben Blansjaar, who presented the work Wednesday at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. But. he said medications might help people who roach triple-diffit ages in the future. Blansjaar and colleagues studied centenarians in towns noar their institution, the St. Joris Gasthuis psychiatric hospital in Delft, The Netherlands. Dr. .Jeffrey Kayo, a neurologist who directs the Oregon Brain Aging Study at the Oregon Health. Sciences University and the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, agreed that few people could live to 100 without serious mental decline. "I can say unequivocally you can be over 100 and not be demented," he said, hut it's "very, very rare." Other experts cautioned the study is small and said results might not apply to centenarians in general. Nobody knows for sure how common dementia ia in centenarians. It is an important que«tion because centenarians are a rapidly growing group and planners want to know what their health care needa will be in the future. In 1995, the United States had about 45.000 white citizens age 100 or older. By the year 2050, that figure will grow to 607,000. Among blacks, it is projected to grow to 116,000 from 7,000. "Researchers are just starting to look at dementia rates in the "oldest old," age 85 and above. One big question: "If you live to be an old enough age, will everybody become demented? We really don't know," said Neil Buckholtz, chief of the dementias of aging branch at the National Institute on Aging. Blansjaar nnd his -,colleaguea found the 17 centenarians in three towns with a total population of 250,000. The group they identified had an average age of 101; all but two were women. Most had no education beyond primary school, but Blansjaar .said information from relatives indicated the participants had been "healthy, active and smart . above average." Five of the centenarians examined were in an almost vegetative mental state. Of the 10 others, only one knew the year, month,' date and day of the week. Only two could adequately explain what two out of three familiar proverbs mean. Buckholtz Raid the Dutch study is too small to give a reliable indication of dementia rates, and that it's not clear whether the numbers would apply to other populations. He .said he knows of unpublished research that suggests 20 percent to 30 percent of centenarians are demented, but Ihat there are no solid figures yet. A will made now avoids trouble later DEAR BRUCE: Our problem can be stated simply, but we feel there is big trouble downstream. My mother in law is worth a good deal of money (we don't know how much, but certainly at least $500,000). The problem is, she adamantly refuses to make a will. She says she simply cant (ace the thought of a time when she is not her* This is complicated by the (act that she is married to a man (her second husband) who has no interest in her, use* her bone more like a hotel and cer- SMART MONEY BRUCE WILLIAMS Our ••iniHaUiug is that shettM she pass away without a wiU, he will get the money. Is this true? What can we *»? — V.L., Oklahoma City DGAft Yi.: tfywr natter avlaw m sista *n this foeMuess avtf passes away, she wiil be declared intestate. If •he w in Ofclianma. that MUM the DEAR BRUCE: If I give gifts to my children and grandchildren, are they taxable if they are ail the same amount? Caa I give the money to someone to whom I am not related? I understand that I can give each person I10.0M a year aad not incur any tax liability. H*w about the person receivinf the gift — do they have to report it as taxable income? I have heard it discussed by many people, but there seems to be no ceaaensu*. — R.C., CaxaMud DBA* X.C.: Yerte efewtd to five ' ^** VB1V VMB •ww OTOdcTdT WTvKW AM .wW. BM U the (act Ihat she is aat «*< ting atoag with her kufean*,g««WMU be wise to cowuder •*•(< vhat U ef 1M fllWUU (fo, MM| ttlAt M* laflW aM ^B- propriate wiB drawn. She should also know that in most states, you cannot disinherit your spouse, but you can keep the legacy town to a third. Furthermore, it's a M more expensive to die without a will than with one. There are also some wonderful things that CM be done with trusts during one's lifetime. I think she really need* some decent advice. DEAR BRUCE: I put my daughter's •ame on the deed to my home, aad she has since abandoned me. I would not want her to get the house. Is there some way I can take her off? — S.S., Dayton, Ohio DEAR S.S,: I sympathize with the problem and *e fact that you and your datqpitor M taeger he«e a reJatioatldB. The feet feet her Mew was pet ee. the <fae* pats yea fa a very efflcutt petition. 1 urge yen to seek competent * in year area. There may Jbe ItataBWMMeftBefeed-aet aekte tram that, I ax afraid that she U a* eweer, Just as yea are, without regard to .. HMM to a*y eae MMdtal h given tax year as bag M yea hare the moaey — wtta no tax ceaaeaueace to the giver or to Ike receiver. YM eaa §*»• UMW to MM ef yaw ckidna ea Dec Jl and aaotaer $i«,tM the aext •aorning, on Jan. l. You sk» have the «*|Mrtea*y, tf yen am M <**« ef etoh* actinst year lifetime exMaptioa (currenUy UM,»*0 but very slowly Bjward wder the MW tax DEAR ERUCE: In a recent column, you said feet 19 percent to 12 percest Merest i* easily eaned I cant and that kind of return. We have very high expenses and could certainly use information that would tell us where that could be done. — AX, Sun City, Ariz. DEAR AA: Admittedly, the market has been a bit heated up, but most mutual funds have returned 12 percent to 15 percent or mere over the last couple ef years. The tame thing can be said for many growth stocks. It is true that you are only going to receive a pittance if you insist on absolute security, but it is my contention that these kinds of returns can be made . , be wise to censuK a tax professional when considering these things. your q«esti*«a to: Smart Monty. P.O. Box 503, Elfen, FL 346SO. E-mail to: bethlU@gte.ntt. Quotient of general interest wiU be annrered 1 in future column*. 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