That headline, “When Aging is a Good Thing,” turned up earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal but hardly in a positive sense. Since the story is about aged beef at a certain Manhattan restaurant, the headline is a near perfect example of the subtle type of elder bias that pervades all media all the time.
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For an author publication is something like a birthday. The little idea that wouldn’t let go, the idea that seemed to grow in your mind, the idea that became a book— is presented to the world.
Last summer I was taken by the feeling that the time was right to start a new conversation about why we so often feel that our lives are out of balance– and how we can restore that balance.
My partner, Tom, didn’t want me to do it. My best-friend, Rita, thought it was a bad idea. My friend Marie, 85, said she would never do it and encouraged me not to.
In Seattle, community members living with memory loss are rising up as the true spokespeople, and the true experts, on what it means to live with dementia!
A new study from UCSD demonstrates the potential of self-fulfilling prophecy for those who live in a world with a highly stigmatized view of dementia.
In college I was told never to write an “alarm clock opening.” This technique, I was told, is often used in unimaginative beginnings.
As a young, healthy man I imagine my sense of security is much different my parents’, and theirs is that much different than their parents’.
After four years of photographing and interviewing a generation of women who have been making weekly visits to beauty parlors for decades, the book of Beauty and Wisdom has just been published.
As a Baby Boomer, I am accustomed to feeling important, which is why it bothers me that I will soon become invisible. All my life, I’ve been courted for my influence and my buying power. Once I reach 65, my opinions won’t be worth squat. In survey after survey, I’ll be lumped into an “over 65” category that assumes I… Read more →
The comments responding to my post Dangerous Myth of Reinvention are too good not to share.
The danger is that a counter-myth of dramatic and life altering transformation can also become radically disempowering and lead people to miss the value of much more subtle changes in one’s life and work.
Throughout First Fest Ithaca’s New Year’s reimagined events, I couldn’t help but feel that, yes, here we are again, at this place on the wheel of the year, yet it’s a richer, wiser version of itself with more layers and nuance.
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.
Alone among the leading cultural figures of American society, Santa Claus qualifies as our only pro-aging icon. He is eminently comfortable with his own age and deeply concerned about the welfare of others. With his extraordinary magical abilities he could, presumably, “reverse aging” for himself, but knows that doing so would be an act of foolishness.
Dr. Bill Thomas has been writing and speaking publicly for over 20 years. The Eden Alternative has just posted a webinar of Dr. Bill deconstructing the art of speaking publicly and explaining the pieces in a meaningful, accessible way.
When I was a teenager, I probably had little expectation that someone my current age would still have a lot of growth left in him. But over time, I have learned that, as Eden Alternative Principle Nine states, “Human growth cannot be separated from human life.”
We can’t help but change the music, just because of who we are and how we play, and the chemistry of this particular combination of musicians. It just happens. Like magic… but with no magician!
If the Life Reimagined movement is going to be about the conscious reclamation of new beginnings, it would seem logical that our movement ought to “reimagine” the American secular holiday that resonates most fully with “fresh starts.” Yeah, that’s right — we are plotting to take over New Years.