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.
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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.
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.
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.
Today, Dr. Bill Thomas called me up and asked me a relatively straightforward question: do I think AARP’s Life Reimagined is having an impact on the lives of ChangingAging’s audience?
In 1999 Dr. Bill Thomas and I were invited by Chief Oren Lyons to visit The People of the Six Nations, also known by the French term, Iroquois Confederacy.
One young doctor in upstate New York thought so and he came up with a highly eccentric way of demonstrating it. In this extract from his book Being Mortal, Atul Gawande tells the story of Bill Thomas and his miraculous menagerie.
Wisdom is like pornography. As that famous, but now forgotten, justice of the Supreme Court once said, “I can’t define pornography, but I know it when I see it.”
Tune-in to Growing an Elder Culture radio program today at 2 p.m. PST for a conversation with Senior Center Without Walls director Krista Brown.
Whether we know it or not, all of us cultivate gardens. The things we choose to grow and the ways in which we care for them define our lives and who we are.
After twelve years living with Parkinson’s in an Assisted Living facility, I’d like to report that going toe-to-toe with death has become just another fact of life. But it hasn’t. In fact, the older I get (now 64), the more I dig in with all the tenacity I can muster to stave off what I know is natural and inevitable.
There is a simple reason why Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s essay on not wanting to live past the age of 75 created a storm of well-justified outrage.
Consumers in the longevity economy are just interested in walkers, medicine and incontinence products, right? Wrong! This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Lisa Peters’ blog, On a Life Less Perfect, illuminates the fierce nature of decision-making confronted by long-term caregivers.
With the ripening that comes, when one isn’t looking, when gray and wrinkles seem to be breaking out everywhere, something else, something far more mysterious is happening.