You may think or hope I’m joking, but nope we’re talking about tree rings today. So, before you click away I encourage you to read just a few paragraphs more. For those of you who may not know these rings are how we measure a trees age.
There is wide discrepancy between description and explanation. Many things in our lives are easily described, but when asked to explain them, we are hard pressed to respond.
In college I was told never to write an “alarm clock opening.” This technique, I was told, is often used in unimaginative beginnings.
As a young, healthy man I imagine my sense of security is much different my parents’, and theirs is that much different than their parents’.
Dr. Bill Thomas has been writing and speaking publicly for over 20 years. The Eden Alternative has just posted a webinar of Dr. Bill deconstructing the art of speaking publicly and explaining the pieces in a meaningful, accessible way.
There is really no way to jump into this nicely so I’ll just out with it. Calico, a subsidiary of Google, is trying to cure death and to do that they are going to try to ‘cure’ aging.
Do UStream? You should.
Look for us at the 6th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration in Boston, MA November 18-20th.
Leapfrogging off my thought earlier this week about younger generations becoming resentful of older generations. The New York Time has an interesting piece about how people really aren’t very good at predicting how much (if at all) they will change as they age. When we remember our past selves, they seem quite different. We know how much our personalities and tastes have changed over… Read more →
Has there always been this level of contention between generations? Tell us what you think.
Earlier this week I was in Branson, MO helping to cover Signature Health Care’s 2013 Elder Vacation, and there are some great stories to look at.
I’m not arrogant.
Mostly it’s just a case of my obstinant, one-track mind colliding with my youthful pride to create something distressingly similar to arrogance.
Change is a tricky thing, isn’t it?
Knowing which changes are worth making, and which ones cause needless stress is nearly impossible to figure out objectively.
The Eden Alternative has been dedicated to creating a life worth living for nearly two decades. So, what exactly makes a life worth living?
What is going to happen when my generation reaches retirement age after paying the equivalent of two mortgages worth of debt?
The Millennial generation is coming of age as the most stressed generation. Little wonder considering college graduates are entering a contracting economy crushing debt.
How good are we at perceiving beauty? That was the focus of a Washington Post social experiment that sought to test people’s ability to identify great art.
I graduated college December 21, 2012 and was summarily catapulted into real life. Certainly the past 22 years have been real; I have had my share of trials to date, but until now I had been living the life of a child. Childhood, in my view, was characterized by a lack of independence and the accompanying stress. As a child proper I depended wholly on my parents for support and guidance and as I grew this reliance diminished but never went away fully.
I grew up surrounded by the biggest names in aging. Eden’s first class of Regional Coordinators was initiated in my house, and I have met countless aging professionals since. My father took me to see the first Green Houses open in Tupelo, Mississippi. As a child I wore one of the first Eden shirts ever to come off the press. The point is I have been connected to the aging movement since I first started aging myself.
The New York Times has a great little article out about the Cleveland Clinic’s innovative team-based treatment. Instead of being bounced from specialist to specialist they have created a single team of specialists who work together.
In its most fundamental reform, the clinic in the past five years has created 18 “institutes” that use multidisciplinary teams to treat diseases or problems involving a particular organ system, say the heart or the brain, instead of having patients bounce from one specialist to another on their own.
Aging stands still for a day as we take some time to celebrate Christmas. Happy holidays to all those celibrating Hanukah, Kwanza, the Solstice, or the Yule season.
We will be back up later this week revving the engines for the year to come.
Have fun and stay safe.