In a sea of self-help books and self-promoting how-to’s, The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care is a comprehensive guide, showing us how to work within systems and change them for the better from the inside.
Much of our youth is dedicated to figuring out what we believe and getting good-- at something. We begin to play "life's most dangerous game" when we reach the point that we are able to challenge the concept that our identity is defined narrowly by our accumulated skills and beliefs.
According to a growing body of research, the average lifespan of those with high levels of negative beliefs about old age is 7.5 years shorter than those with more positive beliefs. In other words, ‘ageism’ may have a cumulative harmful effect on personal health.
There's a move abroad these days to attack the idea of retirement ("You're too young to be
retired"). Two years into my own retirement from AARP, I want to make sure people have this benefit for years to come.
Beginning March 2016, we will launch a new podcast #AskDrBill How to Play Life's Most Dangerous Game featuring in-depth discussion of and answers to some of the most penetrating and provocative questions YOU ask us.
Anyone who fights ageism by working hard to understand its internal or external character is, first and foremost, the practitioner of a noble craft. Like acting, it takes experience and perseverance to hone one’s skills.
Age discrimination affects our country’s business, economy, values, and human dignity. It’s time we transform our perceptions of aging, from dependency and weakness to one of proficiency and resourcefulness.
Would it surprise you if I said that the very organizations that are discouraging the abuse of antipsychotic drugs to treat people living with dementia are actually convincing people to use them? It’s a matter of language.
Grief days seem to take away my certainty, they deliver me unwillingly to the realization of my transcience, to the very place where I merge with the river and become what I’ve always wanted to be — myself, and an essence of the Mystery behind it all.
If Charles House in Chapel Hill, N.C., sounds like a Green House Project home, it’s not an accident. When executive director Paul Klever and his colleagues set out to design the homes, their goal was to create the farthest thing from an institution as possible.
In the art of improvisational quilting, imperfection is essential in order to show that things are handmade, to show the soul in them. As in life, the imperfection is the beauty, the meaning, the uniqueness.
In the course of a typical day, I and many other older adults who are retired or live in generationally segregated communities or work and socialize only with others our age have very few personal interactions with younger people. And I’m convinced that we are the lesser for it.
Houston-based Sheltering Arms' recent efforts to transform their mission to empowering elders is an example of the reframing of our cultural views of aging, a trend that is happening around the country.