www.entitledtoknow.blogspot.com that is regularly updated regarding proposed laws affecting Medicare and Social Security. There are oodles of information on the blog, from the last month, relating to Medicare Advantage plans, the marketing tactics used by insurance companies pushing those plans, and the cost of these plans.
Maria is evidently the straight-talking type. She says that her blog was given to her by her “stingy” grandson, as a birthday present. What a great gift, though! This is a great way for them to spend time together. She talks, and he helps her type her entries in.
Maria blogs about current politics, her daily life, and memories of past events, in a stream-of-consciousness format. In her last entry, she reports that she is leaving for a 15-day vacation in Brazil! Hey, don’t forget your sunscreen.
Her blog is www.amis95.blogspot.com. You can read it in English by pasting her url into Yahoo’s translation website - www.babelfish.yahoo.com.
You can check out a video of her with her grandson on youtube.com.
Read the OhmyNews International article,, where she chats up the reporter in question/answer format. Here are a few excerpts:
"Q: Are you pleased that you have achieved international fame as the world's oldest blogger?
A: Yes, I am pleased, but if there were others older than me, I'd be pleased too.
Q: When did you post your first blog entry?
A: On Dec. 23, when I was given the blog. It was my 95th birthday and my grandson gave me it as a gift. Then we got to work. He told me to start talking and I did, and within minutes people were there talking to me! I was amazed, I'd never have believed it. I thought two or three people might answer me...
Q: What made you decide to become a blogger?
A: For something to do. I thought it was a nice thing to do, amusing, entertaining... I wanted to meet new people, and now I meet people all over the world! When I started, I didn't realize it would be people everywhere, or I might not have gone ahead, but now I have got used to it."
To read the Ohmynews interview, click here.
Reinventing yourself is said to be the key to enjoying life as you age. Maria Amelia has proved that point.
Thanks to Ray Fernandez, at www.elderabusehelp.org, who first blogged her story.