ChangingAging.org Top Stories Dec. 4 to Dec. 9
PickerReport Looks at the Elder Energy Budget
What happens to our sleep patterns as we age? How can elders learn from Kindergartners? Dr. Thomas shares thoughts on managing your daily energy budget and more in the second part of the PickerReport’s RealCareNowTV conversation with Ronni Bennett of TimeGoesBy.net. Please share your comments here.
Should we classify hospital infections as terrorists?
Sadly, being frightened for your life is a legitimate fear when entering a hospital or nursing home, even if you’re in great health. That’s because the risk of catching a life-threatening infection is dangerously high in just about all health care environments. Comedy Central’s John Stewart joked we should designate hospital infections as terrorists. What else can be done? Click here to share your comments.
Moving Towards the Eden Alternative
Our mission at ChangingAging.org is to use social media to highlight and push for mainstream media coverage that reflects positive views of aging. The industry is stacked against us, especially in television, which is why this local news piece from Rochester is so remarkable. YNN Rochester produced this great news coverage about Kirkhaven Nursing Home‘s journey adopting the Eden Alternative (Click here to watch).
Fresh Air: Restoring Memory, at a Cost
Imagine you’ve been diagnosed with early onset Dementia and you’re offered the choice to participate in an experimental drug study. If you take the drug, your memory will be preserved but you will die from the side effects within three months. If you forego the drug, you may live for a decade or more, but you will suffer the symptoms of Dementia.
Dementia and Youth in South Korea
Losing your mind is like having the covers ripped away on a cold December morning. Confusion, pain and anger swell and overwhelm, leaving one exhausted and confused.
Cult of Adulthood
Is the Oprah Pro-Aging Conversion Underway?
To my utter astonishment, I recently caught an episode of the Oprah Show that could almost be construed as an attempt at a pro-aging message for women, albeit in a somewhat twisted, celebrity-obsessed way. Is Oprah coming to terms with her, and her audiences’, inevitable aging into elderhood? Should she and her media empire contribute a more positive outlook on aging? Share your comments here.
Am I Taking Someone’s Job?
What do you think? Are older workers somehow robbing the young of opportunity and advancement? Share your comments here.
The Economist World In 2011 In Brief
Novelist Kurt Andersen, host of The Economist World In 2011, an event dedicated to making predictions for the year to come, described the Zombie culture and the Mayan 2012 apocalypse prediction as Boomer narcissism:
Hyperbole or astute observation? Share your comments here.
Millennials: The Witty Generation
One of the speakers at The Economist Magazine’s World In 2011 conference in New York this weekend was Nick Shore, Senior VP of Strategic Consumer Insights and Research at MTV. As Millennials make up a large part of MTV’s viewership, Shore is somewhat of an expert on this Generation. As he puts it, “smart ‘n funny is the new rock ‘n roll.” Not to say older generations are stupid and dull, but my generation seems to put an emphasis on these qualities. What do you think?
Dispatch from Down Under: Aged Care Needs New Approach
The Western Australian newspaper reports today that “massive cultural change is needed to stop Australia failing its old people,” according to “internationally renowned geriatrician” and Eden Alternative founder Dr. Bill Thomas.