I want to explore a kind of story that was designed by indigenous people to look collectively at difficult moral and social issues. The story–form is called the dilemma story.
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As Alexandra and I prepare for the last elder salon for this year (titled, “Praising the Darkness And Celebrating The Return Of The Light,” on the evening of the 18th), I find myself thinking, about the mysterious and paradoxical relationship between the dark and the light.
Every day, the employees of St. Antonine’s Old Age Home in KwaZulu Nata, South Africa, hand wash laundry for 60 Elders because they have no washer and dryer.
Listen now! NPR podcast featuring Dr. Bill Thomas, Dr. Karl Pillemer and Martha Stettinius discussing how communities, families and individuals can do a better job planning for the aging process and the needs of our growing elder population.
Most older adults, I suspect, are yearning to share their life stories with others. The tragedy in our society (a disgrace, really) is that we often deny them opportunities to do so.
The Wall Street Journal published an article recently that challenges head on the declinist myths of aging.
If you are in the mood for a slapped together blog post that is simultaneously alarmist and deeply pessimistic you might want to read Ken Dychtwald’s recent piece on Huffington Post for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
I have been advocating that community planners switch to the terms “age-inclusive” and “dementia-inclusive,” as these terms raise the bar by requiring the inclusion of such people in all aspects of community life and planning, rather than simply creating a kind but misguided process of substituted judgment.
The wisdom of elders is a hard-earned wisdom, a wisdom that could be meaningful now, that could be timely, that could help us find a way to ripen through this time of hardship.
UPDATE: Wyoming PBS documentary “Homes on the Range: The New Pioneers” will air TWO times tonight at 8 p.m. and then again at 9:30 p.m.
One of my favorite parts of ChangingAging.org is receiving emails from students studying various fields of aging. It gives me the greatest hope for the future knowing the next generation is engaged and involved and embracing a pro-aging attitude.
If a bunch of 40 and 50-year-olds at a resort (albeit a demolished one) on the beach can feel the effects of institutional practices in only four days, what chance do Elders have in a traditional nursing home over a long period of time?
A hard-working but “tired” brain needs a few moments to “recharge” by thinking about something else. In other words, STOP for a moment and do something to reset and renew your brain’s capacity to absorb or create that next thought.
We have been graphing the age and dementia distribution for baby boomers for decades, and yet none of our projections have ever extended beyond the year 2050. Why is that?
I recently cautioned in an op-ed that our attempts to reduce antipsychotic drugs among patients with dementia would soon become problematic if we have not also learned how to care differently. And the chickens are starting to come home to roost.
I want to invite local readers in Seattle to an outstanding event next week celebrating life through music and song with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging.
It took weeks to find the time to take AARP’s shiny new and improved Life Reimagined out for a spin but I’m ready to provide an overview of what they’ve got up their sleeves with this latest redesign.
She said, “a spring.” I said, ”yes, perhaps that’s it.” We were trying to think of a metaphor, a symbol, for what we could imagine emerging in the elder’s group.
Unless the developers of fitness facilities accommodate older adults, not as a boutique population but as a core market for their services, it won’t be many years before their state-of-the-art complexes won’t be very fit at all.
Frances McDormand on aging (via NPR): “I want to be revered. I want to be an elder; I want to be an elderess.”
We’ve never done a public service announcement before but a reader sent us this letter via Facebook and it’s definitely worth sharing. Hearing loss is tough to face at any age but this free tool can be a big help.