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.
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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.
Today marks the 11th day of rehab in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), following an acute hospital stay for pneumonia.
CAREGIFTED BLOG — Caregifted’s latest Blog of the Week winner explores and challenges the way institutions and society impose a rigid narrative on caregivers.
I was in Portland Tuesday with Dr. Bill Thomas for one of the most promising changing aging developments I’ve ever reported on — a year-long community engagement initiative sponsored by the city of Portland, Ore., called “What Are Old People For: Building a Community For All Ages”.
Last night I was reminded about how much can go RIGHT with caregiving.
THE EDEN ALTERNATIVE BLOG — A doctor noted for his role as a key architect of President Obama’s healthcare reform reminded us just how narrow the lens of the medical model is when it comes to aging.
This piece of writing comes out of the experience, verified in the elder circle, that wounds, no matter how painful and debilitating, are sacred, gifts of unimaginable fury, beauty and spiritual potency.
The only thing worse than having to spend the remainder of your natural life in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) of your choosing, is spending the remainder of your natural life in a Skilled Nursing Facility NOT of your choosing.
In this article, let’s explore the road we have traveled as a society – and five technological innovations that enable the path ahead as we look to older adulthood.
It’s 11:00 PM and I write these words on my iPad while sitting in my bed at the Phoebe Ministries nursing home/rehab complex in Allentown, Penn.
Martin Bayne transfered successfully to his new nursing home. The good news is he got a private room (probably the only one in the building). Otherwise, he reports the food is terrible and the atmosphere is worse.
Next week on September 23, Dr. Bill Thomas returns to Portland to help kick off a year-long Age-Friendly Portland community-initiative aptly titled after his book “What Are Old People For: Building a Community for All Ages.”
Martin Bayne called me from the hospital today asking if ChangingAging would help him chronicle his journey of recovery as he transitions to a nursing home to regain adequate health and mobility to return to his home at Sacred Heart Assisted Living.