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.
A one-in-a-million documentary premiers next week documenting the amazing 10-year journey of the citizens of Sheridan, Wyo., to build the first and only grassroots Green House skilled nursing home in the country.
I recently cautioned in an op-ed that our attempts to reduce antipsychotic drugs among patients with dementia would soon become problematic if we have not also learned how to care differently. And the chickens are starting to come home to roost.
I want to invite local readers in Seattle to an outstanding event next week celebrating life through music and song with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging.
It took weeks to find the time to take AARP’s shiny new and improved Life Reimagined out for a spin but I’m ready to provide an overview of what they’ve got up their sleeves with this latest redesign.
Unless the developers of fitness facilities accommodate older adults, not as a boutique population but as a core market for their services, it won’t be many years before their state-of-the-art complexes won’t be very fit at all.
Frances McDormand on aging (via NPR): “I want to be revered. I want to be an elder; I want to be an elderess.”
Today, Dr. Bill Thomas called me up and asked me a relatively straightforward question: do I think AARP’s Life Reimagined is having an impact on the lives of ChangingAging’s audience?
In 1999 Dr. Bill Thomas and I were invited by Chief Oren Lyons to visit The People of the Six Nations, also known by the French term, Iroquois Confederacy.
One young doctor in upstate New York thought so and he came up with a highly eccentric way of demonstrating it. In this extract from his book Being Mortal, Atul Gawande tells the story of Bill Thomas and his miraculous menagerie.
Tune-in to Growing an Elder Culture radio program today at 2 p.m. PST for a conversation with Senior Center Without Walls director Krista Brown.
Whether we know it or not, all of us cultivate gardens. The things we choose to grow and the ways in which we care for them define our lives and who we are.
After twelve years living with Parkinson’s in an Assisted Living facility, I’d like to report that going toe-to-toe with death has become just another fact of life. But it hasn’t. In fact, the older I get (now 64), the more I dig in with all the tenacity I can muster to stave off what I know is natural and inevitable.
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.
Today marks the 11th day of rehab in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), following an acute hospital stay for pneumonia.
CAREGIFTED BLOG — Caregifted’s latest Blog of the Week winner explores and challenges the way institutions and society impose a rigid narrative on caregivers.
Last night I was reminded about how much can go RIGHT with caregiving.
This piece of writing comes out of the experience, verified in the elder circle, that wounds, no matter how painful and debilitating, are sacred, gifts of unimaginable fury, beauty and spiritual potency.
The only thing worse than having to spend the remainder of your natural life in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) of your choosing, is spending the remainder of your natural life in a Skilled Nursing Facility NOT of your choosing.
It’s 11:00 PM and I write these words on my iPad while sitting in my bed at the Phoebe Ministries nursing home/rehab complex in Allentown, Penn.