RealCareNowTV: How to Keep Your Balance and Avoid Falls
Falls are a leading cause of injury and hospitalization for older adults and the CDC estimates one-third of people over age 65 will suffer a fall each year. In the latest episode of RealCareNowTV Geriatrician, Dr. Bill Thomas tells us that balance is not something you lose with old age; it’s something you lose without practice. Talking to your doctor about fall prevention is a critical part of patient-centered care.
In our regular series with Ronni Bennett of ww.TimeGoesBy.net, Dr. Bill addresses several reader emails asking for advice on the best methods to prevent falls. These include Tai Chi, Yoga and special fall-prevention boot camps that can be prescribed by your doctor. Last but not least, Nintendo’s Wii has been proven a useful tool in maintaining balance and preventing falls, Dr. Bill said. Click here to watch the video “How to Keep Your Balance and Avoid Falls.”
One Person’s Battle for Patient-Centered Care
Faced with a terminal illness, Amy Berman shares a deeply moving blog post at Health AGEnda that strips bare the shortcomings of a health care system focused exclusively on survival.
Continue reading about Amy’s battle for patient-centered care and tell us what you think.
Our Friends in Tuscon
Tuscon resident and Elderblogger Ashleigh Burrow, who blogs at the Burrow on Blogspot, went supermarket specifically to meet Rep. Giffords last Saturday. She was shaking hands with Gifford when they were both gunned down. Ashleigh’s daughter posted an update on her mother’s recovery on her blog, calling her “the toughest broad I’ve ever met.” Please visit the Burrow and post a comment of support for Ashleigh’s full and rapid recovery.
What is a crucible? It’s an idea I’m working on in my next book and I want to introduce the concept of the crucible as an instrument of social change.
Continue reading The Crucible here. Watch the video here.
Skills Based Aging
Our friends at the Taos Institute remind us that
Live Grow Thrive: Green House Model Promotes Growth
AARP Bulletin reports:
Continue reading about the Green House here.
Cult of Adulthood
People sometimes ask me what, if anything, aging has to do with young people. Hidden in such questions is the implicit assumption that aging is a scabrous tumor that has attached itself to the body of human life. Because we live in an adult-dominated society, we tend to believe that life before old age is automatically OK. Aging, we are told, is the problem.
What do you think? Tell us here.
I’ve been thinking (and writing) about the denial of aging recently.
Where does denialism lead?
Is Hollywood Maturing?
I think everyone can agree the film industry is heavily tilted towards glorifying the young and beautiful. But could the winds be shifting to more mature filmmaking for more mature audiences? Continue reading here.
Power-Up Friday: Ptolemy Redux
After reading Kavan’s post last month, I picked up a copy of The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray, by Walter Mosley (c.2010 Riverhead/Penguin Books). I read only two pages and realized I was in the presence of a true master writer.
Continue reading Ptolemy Redux here.
THE GREEN HOUSE Project
Stadium Place: Maryland’s First Green House Project
I shot a few videos Friday while attending the groundbreaking for Maryland’s first Green House Project residence at Stadium Place in Baltimore. Assembled for the ceremonial first shovel and cornerstone laying was an impressive array of Baltimore City elected officials, business and philanthropic leaders, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, City Council President Jack Young and the state delegates representing Stadium Place. It was an impressive testament to the coalition of broad support GEDCO harnessed to bring The Green House Project to Baltimore.
Click here to watch the video The Green House at Stadium Place Story.
Moody on Aging Boomers: What’s Wrong With This Picture?
Rick Moody calls it like he sees it in the latest edition of his newsletter The Soul of Bioethics:
Click here to continue reading “What’s Wrong With This Picture.”