This week ChangingAging launches a partnership with the non-profit organization Caregifted.org to honor and highlight outstanding online writing about caregiving with the Caregifted Blog of the Week Award.
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I am wrestling with something that seems to be counter-intuitive, paradoxical and miraculous. Something that I have experienced personally, and something that it turns out is a part of the human experience. I’m talking about diminishment.
This week Katie Couric brings us the latest anti-aging media hype with the hyperbolic headling “There’s No Limit on the Human Lifespan”.
Here’s an idea for every residential aging facility that struggles with ambient despair that masks itself as “activity indifference” (the resident spends her entire day in her room or a chair in the main lobby avoiding activities and other residents).
Books on dementia are usually addressed not to friends but to family caregivers or professionals. I approached this book with excitement because we rarely see the words “dementia,” “friendship” and “communities” together.
I learned that of all the techniques, healing systems, protocols, clinical trials, methodologies, and treatment plans, what works most reliably, most consistently, with the greatest rate of success is simple kindness.
Next week ChangingAging will be broadcasting two days of the Pioneer Network’s 14th Annual Conference via livestream video August 5-6 from Kansas City, MO, thanks to underwriting by Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
Assessing your loved one’s ability to drive safely isn’t easy and talking about the possibility of giving up the car is even more difficult.
I was privileged to be part of an extraordinary film, Alive Inside by Michael Rossato-Bennett, that documented the small miracles as life re-ignites in the eyes of long-term dementia sufferers when they hear familiar tunes for the first time in years.
What’s new at ChangingAging? The big news coming off the Second Wind Tour is the July 18 theatrical debut of Alive Inside. Dr. Al Power has also has a new book and Seattle continues changing aging!
I’m a retired television field director and producer, who worked in New York City back when freelance was a more reasonable way to earn a living than it is today. Basically, I’m a baby boomer who began embarking on the next chapter in my life when I hit the big five-O. I wanted to pursue two dreams I had imagined… Read more →
One of the most remarkable aspects of the Second Wind Tour has been the amazing connections we’ve made via Twitter.
“There’s a guy on stilts, in costume, at a theater talking about the process — the journey, really — of aging? Why?” Dr. Bill Thomas asks rhetorically, aware of how ridiculous the proposition must sound out of context.
The Growing An Elder Culture radio program is our way of trying to make sense of ageing today, and aiding a movement toward a freer more fulfilling latter part of life.
As we prepare for the largest segment of our labor force to enter into retirement, concerns regarding social security grow and a struggling economy is real for many of us regardless of age.
Next week Ashton Applewhite will be joining Bill Thomas & team onstage in Columbus to kick off the Midwest Swing as the Second Wind Tour’s anti-ageism Agitator in Chief!
Join us April 30 to May 2 for exclusive livestream video coverage of the 7th Eden Alternative International Conference in Nashville. Click here to visit the newly redesigned EdenAlt.org website for a detailed schedule of events.
Leave it to Dr. Bill Thomas to write a new book, in this case Second Wind, and then use the book tour, not just to publicize its release by joining radio personalities and attending book signings, but instead to educate in a big way.
The Second Wind Tour is art, it is non-fiction theater, it is a direct challenge to the limitations imposed by ageist prejudice and it is the beginning of a new way of learning and growing– together.
A generous reading of the “Baby Boom’s” most important contribution to contemporary society is its enduring endorsement of the power of choice to create a better future.
The first week of the Second Wind Tour came to a dramatic conclusion with people dancing in the aisles at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. What a journey.