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At ChangingAging™ we believe there is potential for growth and development no matter your age or condition, so we’re always looking for stories, videos and photos from people celebrating the aging experience. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to submit questions about aging or caregiving, personal stories or guest blogposts, especially if it helps shed light on what comes after adulthood. Are you changing aging? Tell us about it!

Please note: We will NOT accept guestposts hawking commercial anti-aging products or from SEO marketing companies. We reserve the right  to mock anti-aging quackery.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • Second Wind: We’re looking for personal stories about catching a “Second Wind” in life, work and community. Author’s of published posts will receive a ticket to a Second Wind Tour Live Event.
  • JOURNEYS: We need your stories to change aging. What’s it really like getting old? We welcome stories from people of all ages (we are all growing!) but in particular from those who are exploring the uncharted waters of “Not-Adulthood”. Do we have any Crones reading this? Any Sages? We need to hear from you.
  • QUESTIONS: The most common questions we get are about aging and caregiving. No audience knows more about these topics than ours. Let our community answer your questions.
  • INNOVATIONS: How is technology, science, culture, art and philosophy changing the way we age and take care of each other? We’re interested in everything from the latest gadgets to breakthrough trends in caregiving.
  • PHOTOS: What does Senescence look like? Send us your pictures.
  • VIDEOS: Show us your stories and send us good links from the YouTubes.

WHAT NOT TO SUBMIT

  • Anti-Aging products, pills, quackery or snakeoil.
  • No fad dieting, vitamins or rejuvenation tips either. Eating healthy and exercising is called common sense, so you better have something new to say about it.
  • Strictly self-promoting content or sales pitches.
  • Copyrighted material (owned by other than yourself).

RULES OF SUBMISSION

  • Posts should be 500-1000 words.
  • You retain full ownership of any work you submit to us.
  • By submitting your work to ChangingAging you grant your consent to let us publish it. You also consent to let us edit it for length or style.
  • We can’t respond to all submissions but we will do our best. You can always share your thoughts instantly by Commenting on any story.
  • ChangingAging is strictly PRO-AGING. We are not interested in products, pills, diets or workouts to make us “look 10 years younger.”

Potential reasons for post rejection:

  • Dull, negative, inflammatory or overly judgmental posts
  • Personal or revealing family issues without consent of family members
  • Sensitive medical or mental health issues that pose liability or privacy concerns
  • Similarity to recently published content
  • SEO marketing firm or writer representing anti-aging products or sites.

Okay, click here to submit your post!

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  1. floridaborne
    floridaborne at |

    I don’t care what the mirror says, I’m 63 and feel 40. When I was 33 I felt like I was 70.

    My 2nd husband, the father of my children, died at age 46 from diabetes when I was 33. Our children were 5 and 7. To say it as succinctly as possible, it felt as if someone had ripped me into pieces.

    By the age of 40, I was enjoying life again. I could carry 120 pounds on my hips and would walk along Braes Bayou in Houston in 1991 carrying my boyfriend piggy-back. More than a few cars put on their brakes at the sight as we laughed, enjoying the warm winds and early evening skies. Fit, trim, full of energy, there was no warning that life may begin at 40 but the warranty runs out at 50.

    A curtain over my eyes triggered a visit to the optometrist. After 2 retina detachment surgeries, it took several years to adjust to the blurred vision and additional holes in the visual field. My weight shot up by 30 pounds and continued to rise slowly. Then at the age of 54, I was hit with gastroparesis (paralyzed stomach). Not many people know about the problem. Remember the jokes about old people who can only eat baby food? I was living on Ensure for the first 3 months and given a processed food-low veggie diet that would make a health food guru scream. And, yes, baby food is recommended. By the end of 1995 I’d lost 40 pounds because of it, plunging from a size 14 to a size 2. I looked like an old skeleton covered with wrinkled, dried-up skin.

    More than a little dejected by one-two punches from conditions I’d not heard of, I began to write. It was as if I’d thrown the perfect right hook knock-out punch and escaped the arena.

    My sense of humor returned, my mind began to reach past the urge to shut down. I looked forward to the sound of fingers clicking at the keyboard as the words just seemed to flow out of them. When you can find what you love to do in life, it doesn’t matter what the mirror says. It matters that your heart soars because of it.

  2. Calli Peacock
    Calli Peacock at |

    Interest/Issue: Media Influence on Our Culture’s Perception of Old Age & Aging
    Based on the following articles: How to Accept Our Aging Bodies 1&2; Maiden/Mother/Crone; Beauty & Wisdom; Boomers Dance Like No One is Watching; and personal insight

    Food for Thought…
    Society’s current perception of old age: undesirable, depressing, unwelcome. Why?
    1. Media influence 2. Historical exposure (i.e. nursing homes before OBRA ‘87),
    3. Recent exposure (i.e. complications with current Medicare/SS programs).
    Aging advocates desired perception of old age: positive, refreshing, exciting, and peaceful.

    Dilemmas: A. How do we, as gerontologists, transform a deep-rooted public opinion about old age into one that perceives aging as constructive and a NATURAL stage in life?
    Answers: 1. Education, 2. Good marketing techniques to alter people’s perception? To an extent, the current societal perceptions about aging are true (unstable retirement, loss of independence, loss of abilities,). How, then, do we alter perception of aging to inform people of the positive aspects of it while still remaining realistic about older age naturally involving some physical & mental decline?
    B. How can we change the way the media influences people’s perception of aging? If the media was able to construct the idea that aging is undesirable, then it can also construct the idea that older age is respected, freeing, and natural. I think people dread aging because it is seen as a declining period of life. What, then, are we losing from our youth, and more importantly, what are we not gaining (according to popular public opinion) by approaching our elderly years? Instead of emphasizing the downfalls of older age, it’s important to accentuate the unique benefits of older age. Possible benefits of aging are: having a purer appreciation of life; experiencing multi-generational family bonding; wisdom; patience; sharing historical anecdotes.
    C. Why are other cultures able to accept, encourage, and respect old age while we, as US citizens, struggle? What happened in our culture to make us different? Why isn’t old age accepted? I think the question to start off with is: What do elders contribute in other cultures that make them respected? They are seen to have: authority, wisdom, experience, knowledge; they are teachers, caretakers, leaders and decision-makers in the family; they are carriers of tradition; seen as an asset, not liability; they reflect personal strength and faith; they are resourceful (source: Culturally Competent Care: How Different Cultures View Elders).
    D. So how did our society eliminate the respected and high status of elders? At what point did youth become superior to elder age? Might this have something to do with society’s obsession with sex, which is clearly related to youth and beauty (beauty is commonly associated with youth)? Sex and physical/youthful beauty has climbed its way up to the top of the power pyramid. Sex/beauty influences and controls a lot in our culture. And unfortunately for the elderly and even middle-aged adults, they typically are not correlated with sex and beauty. Youth and beauty seem to dominate society, and therefore can more easily hold positions that involve: authority, knowledge, leading, teaching, and decision-making. Of course, this is not the case universally, but this obsession with youth/beauty does have a significant influence on the way our society views and treats elders. It would seem difficult for elders to accept themselves when society as a whole does not accept who they have become and what they can contribute.
    E. Or is this task of reconstructing ideals of aging hopeless since the influence of media images and expectations has become so entrenched into our society and individual beings for so long? Is there only hope for pure, uncontaminated minds that have not been obstructed with such ill thoughts and expectations?
    As for myself, I see aging as a natural part of life, just like childhood, adulthood, and death. If we, as simple human beings, cannot change our destiny of death, then why fight the cycle? Embracing the idea of a full life cycle is what makes a person want to live and provides an appreciation for life. Accepting the full circle of life, unfortunately in our society, is difficult and even avoided. Why? What about youth and adulthood is so captivating that advancing to the next stage in life is shameful?
    Thank you!

  3. Philip ONeil
    Philip ONeil at |

    Dear ChangingAging,
    We are a group of filmmakers producing a short science fiction film. We feel the content of this film will be of interest to your readers. The film takes place in the future when science is able to offer anti-aging products for the first time, and a daughter desperately tries to get her father to take the therapies in order to avoid “natural death”. This is a kickstarter campaign, and we were hoping to create some buzz about it. We created a powerful, but faux medical commercial for the future anti-aging therapies provided by the fictional company Apeiron Life that we hope your readers will enjoy.
    Youtube link to fictional commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sjCtMCcv90

    Thank you for your time!
    Phil

  4. David Nelson
    David Nelson at |

    I have a question about helping elders accept and adapt to the loss of a loved one with brain disease at the age of 46.

    My name is David Nelson, age 59. I’ve
    lost my girlfriend to her family in another state, because she can’t get help in Arkansas for her medical condition.

    I am a Health Care Navigator for those least able to pay with the greatest need. We help youth use social media to tell their own health stories and those of family, friends, and neighbors creating our PAL NETWORK for building relationships between generations.

    My own passion is to help young people understand how lifestyle choices affect our lives and lively hood as we age. Yet I am struggling to accept that a young woman I love had to leave me to get the medical help she needs to survive because she lives in the wrong state.

    Understanding our supposed health care system only makes me angry at how we demean people as they age or experience early signs of age related disease.

    As a man I don’t want to give up on the woman I love. What can we do together to change how we deal with aging diseases?

  5. Amy
    Amy at |

    I have a story idea for the Changing Aging blog on how science and technology is changing the way seniors age. I am writing to let you know about Dan Dunbar, 81, whose vision has been restored after 8 years of blindness thanks to a remarkable pea-sized telescope implant. This FDA-approved device is proven to both restore sight and increase quality of life in patients with end-stage, age-related macular degeneration. Central vision is restored, thereby allowing people to recognize the faces of their loved ones, read and live more independently. It sounds like science fiction, but it is science fact! After almost a decade of blindness, what would you want to see first?

    Dan Dunbar says, “I feel like a part of the world again,” all because he can see the faces of his loved ones.

    Educating your audience about AMD is incredibly relevant — not just for the 15 million Americans who are affected by some form of AMD, but their family / caregivers who play a critical role in helping patients navigate the lengthy diagnosis process. Not to mention, there are more than 2 million seniors who have an advanced form that can lead to severe visual impairment. As the boomer population ages, this condition will only become more prevalent.

    Expert Physicians:
    If you are interested, Gerard D’Aversa, Cornea Surgeon and Glenn Stoller, Retina Specialist from Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island are trained in the CentraSight treatment (the official program and resource that helps determine eligibility for the telescope implant procedure). They can discuss AMD, generally, as well as the science behind the telescope implant.

    A possible Changing Aging blog article might cover earlier stage wet and dry AMD, which is treatable, and then talk about end-stage AMD, and how the telescope implant comes into play.

    Patients:

    Success stories will inspire your audience:
    Dan Dunbar, 81, was legally blind but is now back to his favorite hobby, skiing the slopes of Mammoth!
    Jane Waterman, late 70s, is now able to read and plans to resume her volunteer work at the library and local hospital and is thrilled to match the faces to the voices she recognizes!
    Helen Locklear, late 70s, just had the procedure in late spring, but already she can see her dogs running in the backyard, which she couldn’t see before. Small victories motivate her to keep working with her occupational therapist.

    Visual Assets
    Photographs of the telescope implant and images of “what it is like to see with AMD”
    Animated mechanism of action video

    Thanks,
    Amy Takis
    917.215.2232
    Takis.amy@gmail.com

  6. Melissa Seimdan
    Melissa Seimdan at |

    Dear Mr. Thomas,

    Today, Bloomberg featured a story on The Hebrew Home at Riverdale’s innovative policy on sexual expression for older adults in healthcare settings. This story was also featured on NPR’s segment “All Things Considered.” The Hebrew Home at Riverdale pioneered a sexual expression policy in long-term care facilities in 1995. Since then, the policy has been updated to reflect the times as well as the increasing Alzheimer’s population. We think this story would resonate with your readers, and would like to be a resource for you.

    If you are interested in this topic, there’s lots we can discuss:
    • Sexual expression in healthcare settings
    • Intimacy vs. abuse
    • Consensual sex for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best,

    Melissa Seidman
    Social Media Manager
    The Hebrew Home at Riverdale
    5901 Palisade Avenue
    Riverdale, NY 10471
    http://www.hebrewhome.org
    (o) 718-581-1631
    (c) 845-893-6084
    We’re social: Facebook, Twitter

  7. Annie Hammel
    Annie Hammel at |

    Good morning, Bill –
    I work for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Today we announced a call for research, in tandem with NIH/NIA. We are funding studies around preventing injuries from falls in the elderly.

    I’m not sure how often you interact with researchers, but if you do, I’d appreciate if you could spread the word about this opportunity. We have committed up to $30 million for this critical subject.

    Here is the info in Tweet form if it helps.

    ALERT: #PCORI, #NIH seeking applications for #falls prevention clinical trial pcori.org/?p=76712

    #PCORI commits up to $30 million to the effort, #NIA to administer project (incl. application process & peer review): pcori.org/?p=76712

    Thank you in advance for any help spreading the word!
    Annie

    1. Helen Hudson
      Helen Hudson at |

      Annie: what an important and CRUCIAL study this is!! Simply from personal observation over the last 40 years, I have watched more elderly people stumble to their deaths than any other phenomenon. It starts with the fall–which leads to a broken hip–which leads to incapacitation–pneumonia sets in–then they’re gone. 2 weeks ago, a dear friend who had recently been moved from his home of 40 years to a retirement apartment, stumbled en route to the bathroom. He hit his head, which caused bleeding in the brain and he was semi-comatose & hooked up to every conceivable tube in the ICU for 2 weeks before he died. I am ‘only’ 60, but I actually travel with a night light so that I don’t trip and fall in hotel bathrooms in the middle of the night! Good luck!!

  8. Amy
    Amy at |

    “Bionic Science For Seniors: Pea Sized Telescope Helps The Blind See”

    I wanted to share this inspiring story for consideration in the New Old Age Blog.

    A little over a year ago, 80-year old Dan Dunbar was legally blind. Today, he able to ski on the slopes of Mammoth thanks to a microscopic telescope that was implanted is his eye, the first-ever, telescope-implant surgical device for patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Advanced macular degeneration affects for more than 1.5 million older Americans, and is the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. Until now, treatment options have been limited and not very successful.

    Like TV’s “Six Million Dollar Man,” the telescope implant provides Dan with his own version of bionic vision. More than 15 million people over the age of 65 are affected by some form of AMD, and two million of them, like Dan, are losing their vision. The utility of the telescope implant for aging AMD patients will grow in importance as the Baby Boom generation ages. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the 65+ population will grow to 72 million by 2030, accounting for roughly 20 percent of the U.S. population.

    The telescope implant is smaller than a pea and uses micro-optical technology to magnify images that would normally be seen in a person’s straight-ahead vision. The medical device is FDA approved and Medicare eligible. This treatment is helping restore central vision and enabling AMD patients to, once again, see their grandchildren’s faces, read a book, watch a football game and enjoy recreational activities with clarity and independence. It marks a milestone in age-related vision research and has enormous personal, social and economic impact on our aging population who want to stay active. The telescope implant and associated treatment program (which determines patient eligibility and manages the rehabilitation process) is now a Medicare covered procedure, which means it’s not out of reach, financially, for eligible candidates.

    I would be happy to arrange interviews for you with patients, physicians, caregivers, patients’ families and research experts around the country, who have been impacted by this device and want to share their stories. You also will find some background information, MOA images, video, graphics and research at http://www.centrasight.com.

    I look forward to hearing from you to explore your interest in this story.

    Kind regards,
    Amy Takis
    917.215.2232

  9. kirksey13
    kirksey13 at |

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  10. Dr. Ilene M. Cummings
    Dr. Ilene M. Cummings at |

    I have a great list of 10 commandments for becoming a beautiful, ageless person. I wrote these many years ago and have been reading them at my retreats and workshops and people love them!
    1. Thou shall stop comparing yourself with other people!
    2. Thou shall know that looking great is wonderful, but our looks never quite satisfy…the rich inner life delivers grace and beauty.
    3. Thou shall dare to be fabulous!
    4. Thou shall trust the wisdom and the heart of any older person who is able to resist society’s pressure to wage war on nature.
    5. Thou shall accept that some of your dreams are not going to come true in the exact way that you dreamt them.
    6. Thou shalt know that an addiction to youth is guaranteed to place you on a path of unbearable disappointment.
    7. Thou shalt stop lying about your age, and defy the fear that puts you in a state f anxiety over every wrinkle and line.
    8. Thou shall protect your beauty by allowing purpose and intimacy to be central in your life.
    9. Thou shall exercise daily and eat correctly, but real health is measured by the peace you make with your soul.
    10. Thou shalt keep going, keep going, keep going…….

  11. floridaborne
    floridaborne at |

    You’ve heard of the nosy great-aunt who starts out a conversation with, “My husband’s sister’s cousin’s friend said…,” before being drawn into a compelling story–or being plunged into debilitating boredom? These days it’s more like, “My husband’s sister’s cousin’s friends blog said…” Well, that’s sort of how I found your blog. A friend of a friend of my sister posted it on my sister’s Facebook page.

    The things about aging that mystify and surprise me:

    1. There’s a picture of my parents that’s been hanging on the wall for 30 years. Every year they seem to look younger. I was headed for the bathroom yesterday and, for a split second, thought my mother was walking toward me. The problem? She looked older than her picture.

    2. My uncle never let go of the fact that my mother, the only female child of 4 children, ate with the adults when they were kids. Trying to explain that she began scrubbing stacks of dishes when she was under 5, standing on a stool while the boys ate, resulted in zombie out, glazed over eyes. It didn’t matter that she was a poster girl for child labor laws, she got to eat with the adults. It didn’t matter that she had no one to talk to her own age, or she was at the front lines of the mom and dad combat zone (running messages back and forth between pouting parents). It reminds me of the Smother’s brother’s comedy routine, “Mom loves you best.” Why is it that whether you’re 8 or 80, the perceptions of childhood either blind us or color coat our reality?

    3. When I was 10, anyone over 13 looked old. When I was 20, anyone over 30 was old (and you couldn’t trust them). Now that I’m older, everyone under 30 looks 14. This leaves me with a dilemma. If I can’t trust anyone under or over 30, who can I trust. The surprise solution? I have 5 dogs.

    Thanks for providing a place of expression for people who aren’t ready to up and die.

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