Have you watched Alive Inside yet? It’s available on DVD and streaming on Netflix. Let’s put music at the heart of the conversation about what makes a life worth living.
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Recently, a friend who works in long-term care wrote to ask if I had any formal guidelines for prescribing antipsychotic drugs to people living with dementia.
On this New Year’s Eve we’d like to raise a toast to our readers and thank everyone who supported our efforts to change aging for the better!
Today, aging is usually viewed as something to dread and avoid as long as possible. There are many ways we can resolve to change aging in 2015, on a personal level and in society. Here are my four suggestions:
Recently, I was interviewed for an article at Chabad.org about tips for including loved ones living with dementia in Chanukah celebrations. With Christmas fast approaching, it seems appropriate to review a few of those tips here for your upcoming family gatherings.
The truth is that those of us who see, feel and believe in a positive vision of aging have directed too much of our precious time and energy to the proposition that “aging really isn’t all that bad.”
One of the nicest compliments I ever received for my work came in an unexpected way; in fact, I had to think about it for a while to decide if it truly was a compliment.
Sometimes amidst the chaos, there are moments of clarity, when we’re reminded why we do the work we do. I had one of those moments last October, during one of those speaking engagements when you’re not sure anyone really cares what you have to say.
In the time-honored tradition of year-end lists and gift ideas, I’m asking ChangingAging’s bloggers and audience to submit their personal Top 5 Books on Aging reading lists.
As Alexandra and I prepare for the last elder salon for this year (titled, “Praising the Darkness And Celebrating The Return Of The Light,” on the evening of the 18th), I find myself thinking, about the mysterious and paradoxical relationship between the dark and the light.
I want to explore a kind of story that was designed by indigenous people to look collectively at difficult moral and social issues. The story–form is called the dilemma story.
Since the success of the film Alive Inside, I have been keeping an eager eye out for the next film to have similar potential to transform the way people think about aging. Last week I found one – The Age of Love.
Thanks to NPR for identifying this ongoing issue, but we need to also broaden the discussion to look at how our society views dementia, how we have chosen to care for our elders, and the systems that regulate and reimburse that care.
Every day, the employees of St. Antonine’s Old Age Home in KwaZulu Nata, South Africa, hand wash laundry for 60 Elders because they have no washer and dryer.
Listen now! NPR podcast featuring Dr. Bill Thomas, Dr. Karl Pillemer and Martha Stettinius discussing how communities, families and individuals can do a better job planning for the aging process and the needs of our growing elder population.
Most older adults, I suspect, are yearning to share their life stories with others. The tragedy in our society (a disgrace, really) is that we often deny them opportunities to do so.
The Wall Street Journal published an article recently that challenges head on the declinist myths of aging.
If you are in the mood for a slapped together blog post that is simultaneously alarmist and deeply pessimistic you might want to read Ken Dychtwald’s recent piece on Huffington Post for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
I have been advocating that community planners switch to the terms “age-inclusive” and “dementia-inclusive,” as these terms raise the bar by requiring the inclusion of such people in all aspects of community life and planning, rather than simply creating a kind but misguided process of substituted judgment.
The wisdom of elders is a hard-earned wisdom, a wisdom that could be meaningful now, that could be timely, that could help us find a way to ripen through this time of hardship.