This is a personal appeal to help the Eden Alternative succeed in raising $11,500 to buy washing machines for elders in a care home in South Africa. We have a week to raise $1,500, and with your help we know we can do it.
Sometimes amidst the chaos, there are moments of clarity, when we’re reminded why we do the work we do. I had one of those moments last October, during one of those speaking engagements when you’re not sure anyone really cares what you have to say.
The Wall Street Journal published an article recently that challenges head on the declinist myths of aging.
Lisa Peters’ blog, On a Life Less Perfect, illuminates the fierce nature of decision-making confronted by long-term caregivers.
THE EDEN ALTERNATIVE BLOG — A doctor noted for his role as a key architect of President Obama’s healthcare reform reminded us just how narrow the lens of the medical model is when it comes to aging.
CAREGIFTED — Christy Shake’s blog, Calvin’s Story is an extraordinary chronicle of her family’s struggle to care for her son. At any moment, Christy and her husband Michael can find their lives under assault by what she calls: “…a savage monster that eclipsed all other adversity we had yet encountered. That monster was, and continues to be, epilepsy.”
CAREGIFTED.ORG — Caring for a child with a severe disability means a lifetime of being an outsider. Heather Kirn Lanier, a poet, teacher and mother, beautifully illustrates this experience in her post “Notes from the Land of Beauty and Difficulty” in Caregifted’s Blog of the Week Award-winning post.
THE EDEN ALTERNATIVE BLOG — Recently the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias published a study showing the effects of mindfulness on care partnerships. CBS News wrote up the findings in an interesting article.
Elizabeth Aquino, her husband, and two of her daughters care for Sophie,
who was born happy and healthy nearly twenty years ago. Within months of
birth, Sophie started having seizures. Elizabeth writes…
TIME GOES BY — Perhaps Shakespeare’s judgment of old age was more nuanced and not nearly as negative as it is thought to be.
“There’s a guy on stilts, in costume, at a theater talking about the process — the journey, really — of aging? Why?” Dr. Bill Thomas asks rhetorically, aware of how ridiculous the proposition must sound out of context.
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Leave it to Dr. Bill Thomas to write a new book, in this case Second Wind, and then use the book tour, not just to publicize its release by joining radio personalities and attending book signings, but instead to educate in a big way.
The Second Wind Tour is art, it is non-fiction theater, it is a direct challenge to the limitations imposed by ageist prejudice and it is the beginning of a new way of learning and growing– together.
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.
That headline, “When Aging is a Good Thing,” turned up earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal but hardly in a positive sense. Since the story is about aged beef at a certain Manhattan restaurant, the headline is a near perfect example of the subtle type of elder bias that pervades all media all the time.
My partner, Tom, didn’t want me to do it. My best-friend, Rita, thought it was a bad idea. My friend Marie, 85, said she would never do it and encouraged me not to.
Throughout First Fest Ithaca’s New Year’s reimagined events, I couldn’t help but feel that, yes, here we are again, at this place on the wheel of the year, yet it’s a richer, wiser version of itself with more layers and nuance.