What is momentia? Momentia is a joyful proclamation. Momentia declares the new dementia story, a story not of fear, isolation, despair, futility and loss, but a story of hope, connection, growth, purpose and courage.
There is little if anything in our culture that would lead me to believe I would feel this good about being an old woman.
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.
When people hit major milestones in their age they should celebrate it with fun and exuberance rather than dismay.
We love hearing from new voices at ChangingAging. Sometimes, however, we get really enthusiastic messages from people who don’t quite get what we are about.
Ageism is defined as prejudice or discrimination against people based on age. In reality, we have not moved far in overcoming ageism since the term was coined in the 60s.
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.
On Friday September 28th, over 200 culture change advocates convened in San Marcos, Texas, for the 2nd annual Texas Culture Change Coalition Symposium. It is was a day full of presentations and demonstrations from various culture change experts, including former Deputy Division Director for the Nursing Homes Division at CMS, Karen Schoeneman, who discussed transforming [...]
by Jason D. Johnson On the wall of my recording studio at home there is an inscription in chalk. It’s a line from Guy Clark’s
by Jason D. Johnson I don’t want to flood this article with statistics, but consider a few if you will: 29% of people in the
by Jason D. Johnson One thing that I’ve always loved about the theatre and film business is that age can really work in your favor.
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 →
An interesting piece of news arrives telling me that the number of caregivers in California is set to double. One of the problems associated with this boom it that many of these soon-to-be caregivers are themselves facing the prospect of an “unhealthy future due to higher rates of poor health behaviors, compared with both non-caregivers in the same age range and older caregivers.”
The art of weaving a great story or composing a great song has changed very little over the past five thousand years. Indeed, my son Caleb and I love reading Greek myths that were already ancient when Homer was alive. The act of creation remains what it has always been; a human being alone, or as part of a group,… Read more →
I was thrilled to give a talk at TEDx and here is another talk, this one by Tim Carpenter, he is GREAT. Tim is founder of EngAGE and host of Experience Talks radio show. EngAGE is a nonprofit that “transforms aging and the way people think about aging.” EngAGE is also an active member of the ChangingAging Blogstream.
What we need is a radical reinterpretation of longevity that makes elders (and their needs) central to our collective pursuit of happiness and well-being. We have no word that describes the value of intergenerational interdependence, of living in a multigenerational society, of protective social structures and rituals. Because such a word would be useful, I [...]
Recently ran across a a vignette that described the hospital care that was available to older people in the pre-Medicare years. The writer recalls visiting a hospital and seeing wards full of frail old people… My…Paternal Grandmother died in one of those wards. My last memory of her was seeing her in a urine soaked hospital bed in one of… Read more →
Some people hear the name “Green House” and they automatically picture a ranch-style house and a picket fence. Sometimes Green Houses do look exactly like that; but there are Green Houses in cities too. The nation’s first urban Green Houses are in Chelsea, Mass., at the Leonard Florence Center for Living and I recently dropped by for my first visit…. Read more →