Bernie Block: Decisions

HELLO. I’ve been invited by Brookdale to contribute a weekly Wednesday column on subjects this company’s seniors might like. I decided to tell you about the major decisions I had to make in my long life (I’m 91-1/2 now) and also let you know what major stories I’ve reported in my thrice-weekly Internet site ( affecting 60-plus senior lifestyles. So here goes.

DECISIONS. The most important one to most of us is choosing a loved one to spend the rest of your life with (some, of course, might have to make this choice a number of times). I, fortunately, made the right one when I saw this wonderful-looking girl (she was 16 at the time) walk in at a friend of mine’s welcome home party after being discharged from the U.S. Army in February 1946.

I remember she was wearing a black dress and pearls around her neck. After 4 years of dating and courtship, we were married at the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC on November 6, 1949. After 65-1/2 years of marriage, it ended when she passed away on March 5, 2015 which finished our “Met-U” celebrations we always held on April Fool’s Day ever since we met at the 1946 celebration at that time.

Many generations have said it’s” marvelous, unbelievable, you’re kidding.” Unfortunately I’ve spent the last two “Met-U” celebrations by myself and it is hard to get used to.

I’m sure all have made great decisions during their lifetime. I would like to have you send me an e-mail to and tell me about it so I could pass it on to our Brookdale readers with your permission, of course.

The second part of this column will be used to report some of the headlines of the news I reported on my website that affects those 60-plus seniors’ lives.

Food Network Wants You to Nominate a Grandma for New TV Show…

Do you have a grandma who likes to cook for this new TV show? If so, e-mail and include:

  • your name and nominee’s name
  • phone numbers and e-mail addresses
  • your or nominee’s occupation (or former occupation, if retired)
  • address location
  • describe nominee’s cooking experience, style, signature dishes and photo of her foods and why you believe the nominee would be perfect for this show
  • attach a photo with the kids and other grandkids and food if possible.

For more info, call 424-702-3814.

Bernie is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale communities. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.


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