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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. Karen Overturf
    Karen Overturf at | | Reply

    Kavan, it’s difficult even for those who work within the field of aging to not dismiss one of those who are frail. Even patience gets tried, when one is in a long and trying day and feels a little bit rushed. Imagine the reactions of those who have not been professional caregivers.

    I’ve had the privelege, the past few weeks, to observe several people in the field at work.

    Remembering that elders represent us at some point in the future, and how much they have already done in committing their lives to furthering the future of America is an absolute necessity for patience and understanding.

    It is terribly easy to criticize anyone’s action, with the intention of defending our frail elders, until you see what goes on from a viewpoint of a tired caregiver.

    I agree that AARP could do more to urge people to prepare better for the future they would like to see instead of promoting an endlessly “young” lifestyle, and I am glad that is continuing a presence to do just that.

    As far as our elders who are “still,” we must also remember the things they’ve gone through, just as the anonymous writer suggested above, to respect opinions. My one regret about those who “still” (or must – which I am afraid the “still” camp will force on many people who should just “be”) put in a full day’s work is that they also have less time to enjoy those who are simply “being.”

  2. Alan Harris
    Alan Harris at | | Reply

    Bravo, Kavan. No one has earned a pass on the issue of ageism.

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