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Bill is a visionary leader in the online Changing Aging movement and a world-renowned authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare. Bill is founder of two movements to reshape long-term care globally – The Eden Alternative and Green House Project.

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  1. floridaborne
    floridaborne at | | Reply

    Great blog entry! I found it well written and insightful.

    Looks like I’m in the minority again. I was 40 when my mid-life crisis hit, complete with waking up in bed with a guy I barely remembered meeting at a bar. Wow! I was on fire (and almost fired from my job)! At 42, I married a man 17 years younger. When that divorce was final and the smoke finally cleared, the crisis of flesh was over and my attention turned to the crisis of spirit. The last 2 decades of my life have been the best yet.

  2. Shirley Wiggins
    Shirley Wiggins at | | Reply

    You give to us the patterns that older adults follow in life when faced with the reality of where we stand in the life cycle. But I am not hearing your suggestions as to how we should cope. Most have already accomplished or set the examples that others should follow. I believe that common sense comes into the picture as to how one should complete their life if sickness doesn’t overcome them. Those are the ones who sense a new direction in their lives and finish that life out with formidable opportunitiies. Sometimes their greatest accomplisments happen during that time. I am at that stage in my life that if opportunity comes along, I will be waiting with open arms. Life is the greatest thing that could happen to one no matter what form it comes in or how early or how late it becomes.

  3. Madeleine Kolb
    Madeleine Kolb at | | Reply

    As you say, the challenges are different for men and women. Even in our youth-obsessed culture, there is considerable respect for men with deep knowledge, skill, and experience. Often they are referred to as ‘greybeards.”

    Women–even those with the same qualities–are often criticized for looking old or tired. Think Hillary Clinton and the scrunchie in her hair. I don’t recall anyone ever criticizing former Secretary of State Henry Kissenger for looking tired after traveling half-way around the world on a challenging mission.

  4. Rachel Mohlere, SRES, Senior's Re-Housing Advisor
    Rachel Mohlere, SRES, Senior's Re-Housing Advisor at | | Reply

    What you are speaking to is, I believe, of imminent (and eminent) importance. And I really like how you phrase it. I was in a dialog with some of my fellow Board members last night about the lack of clearly modeled lives to live into, as we become older. Magazines that trot out samples for women, in particular — like “More” magazine, mostly just piss me off. It remains all about appearing young and slim. I love the Eden Alternative — experienced it when my Dad spent 6 weeks in Skilled Nursing. I’m also a huge fan about the Green House Project. I’d like to further both of them, here in Portland, OR. I’m baffled that they are not prevalent right now.

    Keep up the great work! I’m a fan.

  5. mrutter1
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    What I think is that red convertible isn’t quite as sexy as the one I bought during what must have been my own mid-life crisis (Buick Reatta, not to be confused with rinky-dink Miata, haha no offense anyone). But at the time I couldn’t change career paths since hundreds of people had bought into the one I was in. Over time, as you know, Bill, I did find a way…!, so I was ready for the Life Worth Living grand book challenge. Nice post.

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