CAREGIFTED — Christy Shake’s blog, Calvin’s Story is an extraordinary chronicle of her family’s struggle to care for her son. At any moment, Christy and her husband Michael can find their lives under assault by what she calls: “…a savage monster that eclipsed all other adversity we had yet encountered. That monster was, and continues to be, epilepsy.”
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When she was young, Janis Ian sang — “I learned the truth at seventeen”. Now that she is 63 things seem… different.
CAREGIFTED.ORG — Caring for a child with a severe disability means a lifetime of being an outsider. Heather Kirn Lanier, a poet, teacher and mother, beautifully illustrates this experience in her post “Notes from the Land of Beauty and Difficulty” in Caregifted’s Blog of the Week Award-winning post.
THE EDEN ALTERNATIVE BLOG — Recently the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias published a study showing the effects of mindfulness on care partnerships. CBS News wrote up the findings in an interesting article.
Growing older has meant, for some of us, that we have arrived, despite still having further to go, at a time and place in our lives, where there are no roles, rules, or expectations, other than our own.
Elizabeth Aquino, her husband, and two of her daughters care for Sophie,
who was born happy and healthy nearly twenty years ago. Within months of
birth, Sophie started having seizures. Elizabeth writes…
The past several years have led me farther and farther away from the pulse of activity relating to culture change in LTC. Although there is a part of me that misses being deeply involved, watching from the sidelines has given me a unique perspective on what is happening in the movement.
This week ChangingAging launches a partnership with the non-profit organization Caregifted.org to honor and highlight outstanding online writing about caregiving with the Caregifted Blog of the Week Award.
TIME GOES BY — Perhaps Shakespeare’s judgment of old age was more nuanced and not nearly as negative as it is thought to be.
I am wrestling with something that seems to be counter-intuitive, paradoxical and miraculous. Something that I have experienced personally, and something that it turns out is a part of the human experience. I’m talking about diminishment.
This week Katie Couric brings us the latest anti-aging media hype with the hyperbolic headling “There’s No Limit on the Human Lifespan”.
Here’s an idea for every residential aging facility that struggles with ambient despair that masks itself as “activity indifference” (the resident spends her entire day in her room or a chair in the main lobby avoiding activities and other residents).
Books on dementia are usually addressed not to friends but to family caregivers or professionals. I approached this book with excitement because we rarely see the words “dementia,” “friendship” and “communities” together.
I learned that of all the techniques, healing systems, protocols, clinical trials, methodologies, and treatment plans, what works most reliably, most consistently, with the greatest rate of success is simple kindness.
“How did we arrive at this moment?” Dr. Bill Thomas asked journalist Marsha Felton for a cover story profile in the magazine Active Over 50.
Next week ChangingAging will be broadcasting two days of the Pioneer Network’s 14th Annual Conference via livestream video August 5-6 from Kansas City, MO, thanks to underwriting by Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
Assessing your loved one’s ability to drive safely isn’t easy and talking about the possibility of giving up the car is even more difficult.
I was privileged to be part of an extraordinary film, Alive Inside by Michael Rossato-Bennett, that documented the small miracles as life re-ignites in the eyes of long-term dementia sufferers when they hear familiar tunes for the first time in years.
What’s new at ChangingAging? The big news coming off the Second Wind Tour is the July 18 theatrical debut of Alive Inside. Dr. Al Power has also has a new book and Seattle continues changing aging!
I’m a retired television field director and producer, who worked in New York City back when freelance was a more reasonable way to earn a living than it is today. Basically, I’m a baby boomer who began embarking on the next chapter in my life when I hit the big five-O. I wanted to pursue two dreams I had imagined… Read more →