Old Memories Young Hopes
Much is made, and rightly so, of the special circumstances in which elders experience a great forgetting. We commonly refer to this as “living with dementia.” Less attention is paid, however, to how and why elders remember. Elders’ recollections are different from ordinary forms of memory. The distinctive elder memories I am talking about are actually exceptionally valuable. They connect all of us to our past and to our future. Elders have a unique capacity to shape and reshape the future (much of which they will not live to see) through the sharing of memory with younger people. Continue reading Old Memories Young Hopes
|Not Gonna Live to a Thousand— Sorry!|
There is an aggressive strand of the anti-aging movement that is already claiming that human beings can and should live a thousand years or more and remain, forever young. I think this helps illustrate how deeply the Denialist fantasy has burrowed into the human mind. It is better to live and love in one’s own season than to fantasize about being the first human being to obliterate the reality of one’s own aging self. What do you think? Is the fountain of youth within grasp?
Real Care Now
PowerUp Friday: Culture change “awakenings”
Who said being old isn’t fun?
Too funny — Ronni Bennett of TimeGoesBy.net shared this gem:
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Cult of Adulthood
The boomers are aging! I mean, the sky is falling!
Nearly without exception, the mainstream media casts the “aging” of the baby boom as a looming fiscal and social catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions. I’m not denying the numbers, but the future is not enshrined in statistical projections. It’s harder to put a number on the value of social capital that comes with nearly 80 million elders. That’s why we need to tell our own stories.
Ideas on LinkedIn
This is an important and valuable observation. What we had is lost, it is gone and it is not coming back. The challenge is to create a new approach to aging and inter-generational life. How should we go about that?