It’s been about a year since Dr. Bill Thomas and I first hatched the idea of turning ChangingAging into something larger than just a blog about aging. During that time ChangingAging has grown into a vibrant and thriving community for those who are aging and embrace it. It’s got me thinking hard lately about what we’ve accomplished and where we hope to take ChangingAging moving forward.
A year ago we knew we wanted to create a network that connected and empowered those who are fighting to change the way we think about aging and treat elders. We wanted to help pro-aging and culture change advocates harness the power of blogging and connect those blogs into a social media network to share ideas and content.
It took about six months of hard work but from that idea the ChangingAging Blogstream was born.
Within a few months we had nearly 100 ChangingAging Blogstream contributors and a flood of great pro-aging content flowing in. We knew that was only the beginning.
The next challenge was harnessing and organizing all that great content.
To take ChangingAging to the next level we want to both greatly expand our coverage of aging and sharpen what we stand for. We want to continue both providing and directing you to the best sources of pro-aging blog and news content. And we want to do a better job changing the way you think about aging.
We want ChangingAging to become THE source of pro-aging blog and news updates on aging, longevity, health and wellness, LTC culture change, dementia and elderhood.
To do that, we’ll have to go beyond the conventional views and news about aging. We’ll have to sharply define what ChangingAging stands for.
I’d like to take a first stab at better defining what ChangingAging means — at ChangingAging we think…
- Aging is about growth and development (not decline and decay).
- Longevity is about living as well as possible (not as long as possible).
- Health and wellness is about enjoying life and growing no matter your age or condition (not about staying young forever).
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s is about creating a life worth living regardless of memory ability (not about waging a war against memory loss).
- Elderhood is a distinct stage of life and growth (not the dead end of retirement).
What do you think? In coming months we will continue to grow the Blogstream and roll out new features and changes to better organize and deliver content to our readers. The more feedback we get from you the better those changes will be.