I am writing because I read your recent ChangingAging blog post about Oprah Winfrey, and I have to say I believe you are being too hard on her.
This week I received a guestblog submission from a wonderful ChangingAging reader who is writing a book on graceful aging and submitted a post listing her Top 15 Books on
Oprah is trying to change her tune on aging but she’s a day late and an apology short. In a much-touted video on Huffington Post Oprah extols the “blessings” of aging, but if you listen and look carefully her monologue is laced with anti-aging bias.
I’m working on my next book, The Second Crucible, and imagining what it would be like in the immediate future if those who deny aging become the dominant cultural force in our society.
You know who I’m talking about. These are the people who believe that they will never get old. They believe the first person to live to be 1,000 years old is alive today. They believe that aging is a disease, a horrible blight on humanity, and that all we need to do to cure it once and for all is flex our technological prowess.
I would, normally, expect better from the people at “Cambridge Journals.”
However this write up sent me over the edge. It begins…
“A group of 80-year-olds tested for brain and memory function have been found to possess the abilities of people decades younger.”
The negative perception of aging in our current society makes life miserable for our elders, leaves the middle-aged questioning their value and plants psyche-altering thoughts
Here at ChangingAging we are all about the power of the social media. It helps us reach people of like mind and tell them our story.
But sometimes we wind up on lists that really aren’t right for us. Consider this note from a very nice lady who, it appears, does not know a thing bout PRO-Aging. She works for GCI Health, a major NYC Pharma and health care PR firm.
The fountain of youth. The holy grail. The philosopher’s stone. The strategies for engineered negligible senescence (SENS). Uh, say what? Made up by noted anti-aging guru Aubrey de Grey, SENS purports to outline a “possibly comprehensive plan” (de Grey’s words) to cure, or at least dramatically slow down, human aging. De Grey is perhaps the anti-aging movement’s most vocal and… Read more →
On August 10, 2011, The Journal of Neuroscience carried a story with this headline: “Little Exercise, Big Effects: Reversing Aging and Infection-Induced Memory Deficits, and Underlying Processes.”
A University Of Colorado-Boulder study reported th…
You know the drill: It’s ratings week for your local television news stations and that means the most sensational stories will be featured—local politicians frequenting strip clubs, tainted food at the local burger joint and, to no one̵…
I seem to be running in to quite a few anti-agers who are not, to put it mildly, on board with my ideas about valuing age and aging. They, mainly, object that: Life is so AWESOME I just want more its gooey goodness!
I keep re-visiting the claims of America’s anti-aging gurus because they so transparently reveal the fear-based, evidence-free mindset that fuels the artificial youth industry.
I was prowling around the world of Anti-Aging this morning (it’s always fun to see what the other side is up to) and stumbled on a site that gave surprisingly good advice. Here is the core of their advice on preventing the aging of your skin. There is one other simple thing that can be used as an anti aging remedy —… Read more →
What is the ChangingAging Blogstream? Who is it for and what is its purpose?
I believe the Blogstream is going to play an important role in the future of aging in America.
A friend sent me a link to this recent appearance by Dr. Oz on the Wendy Williams Show (Wendy bombed out early on this season’s Dancing With the Stars). Dr. Oz also often was a guest on Oprah’s show which, coincidentally, ends today.
Not a day goes by that we don’t get a pitch to advertise the latest anti-aging quackery miracle skin cream, holy water death-defying vitamin/hormone fruit cocktail or straight-up cosmetic surgery. This was in my inbox this morning (I XX’d out the full name to deny them even a mention):
Walmart wants to steal your Tween’s soul. [Good Business] Apparently there’s no such thing as being too young to worry about looking old. [Huffington Post] Black History Month means listen to your elders. [Oakland Tribune] Caregivers get old too. [Inside Aging Parent Care] Ronni Bennett misses sexy high heels, but just about none of the other trappings of youth. [TIME… Read more →
I was sitting in the dentist chair Thursday — a captive audience so to speak — and coincidentally the TV was tuned to The Oprah Show. To my utter astonishment, the episode I watched could almost be construed as a twisted, celebrity-obsessed attempt at a pro-aging message for women. A re-run from September, the episode “Aging Beauty” was a sort… Read more →
The mainstream media continues to reinforce negative stereotypes about elders and people who work with elders. We are going to have to use new social media and social networking tools in order to tell our story — our way. I am inviting you to join this growing online conversation. We can tell our stories. We can change hearts and minds…. Read more →
Last week we took a look at people who dare to go gray, this week it’s a Malaysian politician who denies that he dyed his hair gray in order to win votes. The chief minister of the state of Selangor, Mohamad Khir Toyo, rejected allegations that he had coloured his hair grey to give himself a wiser air. In the… Read more →