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28 February 2020

I watched a few episodes of Grace and Frankie today.  For those unfamiliar with the show, it's on Netflix.  Grace (Jane Fonda) is married to Robert (Martin Sheen) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) is married to Sol (Sam Waterson).  Only early in season 1 Sol and Robert admit they are in love with each other and the couples divorce so the men can live together.  The women have never really gotten along and the first season covers their getting to be friends and sharing a house together.

It's very funny and deals honestly with a lot of the situations that come with getting older.  This season Grace, newly married, is embarrassed to admit that she has a hard time getting up.  She has a big statue in the middle of her bathroom that she can hook a scarf around to pull herself up from the toilet and she does all she can to avoid sitting on the couch because she can't get up when she sits down.  I'm loving this business because while I don't have a statue in the bathroom, I definitely know the problem of trying to gauge how far down a chair is and how much problem it is going to be for you to get out of it!

At the same time, Frankie goes on a date with a guy to dinner at a fancy restaurant where there is lots of chatter around them.  He confesses his deep dark secret, which turns most women off...and she pretends to understand, but really she is hard of hearing and didn't hear a word he said.

And Sol was just diagnosed with prostate cancer and has to decide whether to have surgery or not because it's a slow growing cancer and he might die from something else, given his age.

It's just so nice seeing programs that are dealing with us older folks.  TV is beginning to realize that we watch programs too and it's nice to have someone to identify with.

(Grace and Frankie have invented a toilet with a hydraulic lift that they are going to try to sell in future episodes).

This is Us deals with the family in all sorts of ages and the episodes which  take place in the current time have started to deal with Mom Rebecca, who has just been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, which may become full fledged Alzheimers.

I had a bit of trouble with this diagnosis because she's in the very early stages of it and other than a few little memory problems that definitely need to be acknowledged, everyone seems to treat her as if she has a terminal illness that is going to kill her soon.  Heck, my mother had "mild cognitive impairment" for several years while she lived alone.  It was some five or six years before I brought her to Davis and put her into assisted living and another 3 years before she moved to the memory unit, so the reaction to Rebecca's "mild cognitive impairment" seems to be a bit overdone.

And then there is The Kominsky Method, an Amazon series starring Michael Douglas (age 76) and Alan Arkin (age 85), described as "a charming watch that gives a poignant yet entertaining insight into life and aging through the eyes of two wonderfully flawed characters."  Arkin's character is also dealing with prostate issues and his emotional devastation at the death of his wife.  All this within the dialog of a comedy, of course.  The reviewer from The Baltimore Sun wrote, "No comedy streamed or on network or cable TV explores the loneliness, doubts, fears and ongoing sense of loss involved in aging like The Kominsky Method. That makes it extra special."

I just love that I am finding characters with whom to identify on TV these days, characters who aren't perfect and who are dealing, for better or for worse, with the same aging problems that Walt and I live with.



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