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Kavan is a social media entrepreneur committed to growing the use of social networking towards promoting the equality, sustainability, health and well being of people of all ages. Combining careers as a national journalist and public relations expert, Kavan focuses on the power of user-generated content to communicate ideas and build movements.

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  1. Bruce Brittain
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    Of all the important women in my life, I can think of none who care one bit what Oprah thinks about anything, aging or otherwise. As for Dr. Oz, he sold his medical soul to the great maw of product marketing years ago.

  2. Jen
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    This is my first time on this site and Kavan you are brutal ha ha! Leave Oprah alone she is just going where the money is. Her network has been hurting for awhile and she needed to do something. The jumping out of buildings in an inferno. WOW!! ha ha I love this post thanks.

  3. Linnea Anderson
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    This is language hard-wired into us by our marketing culture. So glad to have a reality check like this. Thank you.

  4. Charles Howard Hartman
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    Here’s a ceremony I’m glad about. Links at the ‘More’ area, and transcript.

  5. Charles Howard Hartman
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    Godparents for Eldsters might help some. Each eldster (beloved elderly one) with Godparents, and none shall be afraid. Godparents, they’re not only for youngsters anymore.

  6. Cynthia Friedlob
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    Interesting comment from a New York Times article: Ms. Winfrey wants that audience for the magazine, but she wants its readers to be younger. The median age for an O reader is 49, according to data tracked by the audience measurement company GfK MRI. (By comparison, Vogue’s median is 35.6 and Real Simple’s is 46.3.) Ms. Winfrey said she would like to attract women “in their 30s or perhaps their 20s, to be able to reach people when they are looking to fulfill their destiny.” She added, “By the time you’re 40, 42, you should have kind of figured it out already.”

  7. Ronni Bennett
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    Geez, have you hacked my computer? I’ve been making notes to myself for a post pretty much like this one for the past week. I am particularly annoyed about Oprah’s promotion of Dr. Oz some of whose advice is medically dangerous. And Oprah’s 20- to 30-year crusade, as you so well note, touting all things anti-aging is shameful. Plus, clearly she doesn’t get still at all.

    Congratulations on an important piece. Oprah never has been a friend to elders and has a long way to go to become one. Apologizing for foisting Somers and Oz on us might be a useful start.

  8. Margit Novack
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    I couldn’t agree more about Oprah. She has tackled every important social issue in depth, including really difficult ones. Yet, she has studiously stayed away from all aging issues. I’d look to see who are the advertisers in the Oprah Magazine and on her network. There may be a lot more money in being “anti-aging.” Nevertheless, she is an icon who is respected by millions of people, especially women. I wish she would use her stature to make a positive impact on aging.

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