This short and not-too-sweet post is an addendum to my guest editorial that was published here in McKnight’s on Friday, July 24th.
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The idea that I am being ripened, that I could be the seed pod for some, as yet undefined, new life form, intrigues me.
How we perceive aging and the viability of older adults determines our willingness –– or reluctance –– to tackle social inequity, lack of access to services and opportunities, and other common challenges our elders face.
In my last post I criticized the Australian Financial Review for its characterization of people living with dementia, and of our aging population in general. Now that the furor over that article has subsided somewhat, it’s time to tackle that deeper concern.
I’m not sure what the goal of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging was—but if it was to have participants leave energized and ready to take on the challenges, alas, I fear it did not succeed.
I would be (and have been) sorely disappointed if I let my fear of death keep me from being happy in this life.
The Green House Project’s landmark approach to skilled nursing care will be highlighted at the White House Conference on Aging.
Over the next few weeks I will be exploring a few of aging’s most important superpowers. Yeah, you read that right– superpowers.
This Fourth of July lets declare independence from ageism! It won’t be an easy revolution. Like the colonial British Empire, ageism won’t roll over without a fight.
On February 4, 1974, the night Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, I was a 23-year-old Soto Zen Buddhist monastic novitiate, studying under the auspices of Reverend Master Jiyu Kennett, Roshi of Shasta Abbey, Mt. Shasta, California.
When science and spirituality are joined in the service of healing an elder’s body and honoring an elder’s soul, there is no more potent protocol humanity can devise.
Seattle musician Jennifer Kelly writes songs focused on human experiences of love, loss and change such as her battle with cancer and her father’s journey living with dementia.
Being in the way used to be a slur that was aimed at old people. I intend to turn it into a calling, a chance to be true to what matters, a personal responsibility.
Last week I came across the most irresponsible, ill-informed, and inflammatory bit of writing I have ever seen on the topic of dementia.
Taking a mid-way break from his Age of Disruption 2015 US tour, Dr Bill Thomas visits the United Kingdom June 15-19 to challenge ageing stereotypes and talk about how organizations can meet the needs of a savvy older consumer.
It’s time we turn the tide on the silver tsunami myth and find a different metaphor, one that accurately reflects the huge assets older adults bring to all aspects of life.
There seems to be a relationship between grief and praise. I am finding that I am experiencing more loss, thus more grief, as I am coming back to life.
I believe our top priority is to build all inclusive communities, both for our aging population in general, as well as those living with changing cognitive abilities of all kinds. Here’s why:
We’ve performed “Life’s Most Dangerous Game” in 15 cities. We’ve got a pretty good handle on what we’re doing by now, except for one thing–what do we call it?
I promised to follow-up with additional blog posts about my experience at the Alzheimer’s Disease International 2015 conference in Perth, Western Australia. Here is a quick post with full video from my plenary session.
Here are three analog habits that are simple and low-tech and reflect values that worked well in the past and can still apply today.