There is really no way to jump into this nicely so I’ll just out with it. Calico, a subsidiary of Google, is trying to cure death and to do that they are going to try to ‘cure’ aging.
If you spent any time at all with an assortment of media, you can be forgiven for believing that getting old is a disease.
Has there always been this level of contention between generations? Tell us what you think.
Earlier this week I was in Branson, MO helping to cover Signature Health Care’s 2013 Elder Vacation, and there are some great stories to look at.
It is not harder to design for older adults just because they have special needs — it is harder to design for them because we refuse to acknowledge their life experience makes them vastly more complex, nuanced and interesting than younger people.
More than half (51%) of seniors expect their quality of life to stay about the same during the next five to 10 years, while 21% expect it to get much or somewhat better, versus 30 percent of those surveyed in 2012.
Beauty & Wisdom documents a generation of women, aged 70 and over, who has been going regularly to the beauty parlor once a week not as a luxury, but as a necessity for most of their adult years.
There is little if anything in our culture that would lead me to believe I would feel this good about being an old woman.
That report is from a medical news website but, in complete irresponsibility, without an iota of research referenced.
In his recent New York Times op/ed “The Joy of Old Age” (No Kidding), Oliver Sacks states what I consider to be the underpinning of the philosophy of this blog.
I’m not arrogant.
Mostly it’s just a case of my obstinant, one-track mind colliding with my youthful pride to create something distressingly similar to arrogance.
Change is a tricky thing, isn’t it?
Knowing which changes are worth making, and which ones cause needless stress is nearly impossible to figure out objectively.
The poet May Sarton wrote: “The trouble is, old age is not interesting until one gets there. It’s a foreign country with an unknown language.”
Why do health care and housing providers portray older people as a homogenous group, thinking all people over a certain age want to be treated in the same way?
When I received a copy of Michael Gurian’s new book “The Wonder of Aging: A New Approach to Embracing Life After Fifty” I could tell this was a changing aging book.
A recent New York Times article quoting Dr. Al Power reminds us that people living with dementia have much to teach us about being fully present with one another.
I’m amazed by the response to my blog post Alzheimer’s Disease Has a Brand Problem. Here’s a sample of the best comments:
Over the weekend, I came across a perfectly dreadful essay about how awful it is to look old.
Contrary to long held beliefs that exercise can help slow the aging of muscles, new genetic research out of the UK finds that link “implausible”.
Leaders who just pay lip service to creating a participatory ethos find out very quickly that they are building their culture change journey on quick sand.