In this third installment of my #DisruptAging series I am going to describe the contours of a post-nursing home world and how we can get there.
Buoyed by astonishingly low expectations and a reimbursement system that literally pays them for making their patients sicker and weaker, nursing homes represent the one part of our health care system that has seen little substantive change in more than a half a century.
The second half of my working life stretches out in front of me and I no longer feel the need to censor my words and my deeds. I am a nursing home abolitionist and, going forward, I intend to act like one.
Have you watched Alive Inside yet? It’s available on DVD and streaming on Netflix. Let’s put music at the heart of the conversation about what makes a life worth living.
The truth is that those of us who see, feel and believe in a positive vision of aging have directed too much of our precious time and energy to the proposition that “aging really isn’t all that bad.”
If you are in the mood for a slapped together blog post that is simultaneously alarmist and deeply pessimistic you might want to read Ken Dychtwald’s recent piece on Huffington Post for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
One of my favorite parts of ChangingAging.org is receiving emails from students studying various fields of aging. It gives me the greatest hope for the future knowing the next generation is engaged and involved and embracing a pro-aging attitude.
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.
When she was young, Janis Ian sang — “I learned the truth at seventeen”. Now that she is 63 things seem… different.
I was privileged to be part of an extraordinary film, Alive Inside by Michael Rossato-Bennett, that documented the small miracles as life re-ignites in the eyes of long-term dementia sufferers when they hear familiar tunes for the first time in years.
A generous reading of the “Baby Boom’s” most important contribution to contemporary society is its enduring endorsement of the power of choice to create a better future.
The first week of the Second Wind Tour came to a dramatic conclusion with people dancing in the aisles at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. What a journey.
For an author publication is something like a birthday. The little idea that wouldn’t let go, the idea that seemed to grow in your mind, the idea that became a book— is presented to the world.
Last summer I was taken by the feeling that the time was right to start a new conversation about why we so often feel that our lives are out of balance– and how we can restore that balance.
The comments responding to my post Dangerous Myth of Reinvention are too good not to share.
The danger is that a counter-myth of dramatic and life altering transformation can also become radically disempowering and lead people to miss the value of much more subtle changes in one’s life and work.
Alone among the leading cultural figures of American society, Santa Claus qualifies as our only pro-aging icon. He is eminently comfortable with his own age and deeply concerned about the welfare of others. With his extraordinary magical abilities he could, presumably, “reverse aging” for himself, but knows that doing so would be an act of foolishness.
If the Life Reimagined movement is going to be about the conscious reclamation of new beginnings, it would seem logical that our movement ought to “reimagine” the American secular holiday that resonates most fully with “fresh starts.” Yeah, that’s right — we are plotting to take over New Years.
I predict that the celebrity headliners at this year’s American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine conference — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Actress/ Author Suzanne Somers — will in fact continue growing older right along with the rest of us. How do I know this?
This post discusses some nearly forgotten ways of thinking about women’s lives and the way culture shapes the female experience.