How do we challenge a Youth/Age orthodoxy that is so entrenched and so powerful and which remains, for all practical purposes, invisible?
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Why are there these special, all-cringeworthy words for getting older? Why aren’t I the same person, granted, in somewhat different form?
Connected Horse Project is a groundbreaking pilot study exploring how guided engagement with horses might help people living with dementia as well as those providing care for them.
Only three more Tour stops in 2015 for Dr. Bill Thomas’ Age of Disruption Tour! Click here to buy tickets for his signature “non-fiction” theater performance Life’s Most Dangerous Game this week only in Florida.
Our world has been run by mere adults without Elder supervision for too long.
The Hippie movement’s historically unprecedented dismissal of adulthood was its most sterling achievement and its most unforgivable sin.
Our culture tells us that the virtues of youth will always reign supreme and that aging is and must always be equal to decline. Looking back at my career, I have spent too much time insisting that it really isn’t all that bad if we all just look at the bright side!
This thought experiment should make it clear that we should actively engage older adults in all aspects of society.
While Alzheimer’s creates challenges for those who live with it – and for their loved ones who watch them endure it – dementia should never define a person, or lead them to believe they ought to just give up and submit to it.
We can fix the gun problem. We can make America safer without limiting our right to bear arms. And we can do it without an expensive, dangerous and futile “War on Guns.”
As a Ph.D. student in psychology, much of my research focuses on the question: “How do feelings of usefulness to others in later life influence the selection and application of adaptive health behaviors?”
Wisdom can appear anytime, in the most surprising ways, so you have to be ready and looking for it.
As it happens, I received two related news reports from colleagues today. Both concern the current state of affairs with psychotropic drug research, and the dangerous ways in which data is being manipulated and misrepresented.
I’m speaking on a panel about intergenerational engagement at a local conference in Seattle. I’d love to get feedback from or audience on amazing intergenerational programs from around the world.
I’ve been captivated these last few weeks by grief and a growing sense that the quality of my life, perhaps of all life, depends in large part upon a relationship with death.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about age stereotypes and their relationship to our willingness –– or reluctance –– to be ourselves.
At the BBC website last week, Emma Jones spent some time surveying what may be the last film taboo, sex scenes with old people.
There is an actualization of self that can take place, in the later years, that brings happiness, fulfillment, and most importantly, the kind of unique perspective that can make hope a real thing. I call this phenomenon “arrival”, and if you keep reading you’ll see why.
I recently met a 76-year-old dog owner who was rejected when she applied to adopt a second “senior” dog to keep her aging pet company. This is what I call the tail wagging the dog.
Last night I scripted a new chapter in my Book of Life – waiting 13 years as a resident in Assisted Living for the opportunity to share what I had learned 40 years ago in a Buddhist monastery.
As we prep for the second half of the Age of Disruption Tour this October and November we’re working on a three-pronged community outreach strategy to engage with local “changing aging” allies.