If we fail to appreciate the ways in which every generation is different, we deny ourselves some valuable resources for expanding our understanding of what it means to be a human being –– of any age.
I’ve noticed when boomers dance the fear of social judgment is refreshingly absent—there’s a sense of youthful freeness my millennial counterparts lack.
Our cultural lexicon is wrong. It’s a classic language of otherizing—through which older adults’ experiences are confined and trivialized into this thing called aging.
One day recently on a Eden Registry Networking call we began to discuss ageism and its effects on society and our youth.
Yesterday, Marcie talked about encountering elder paranoia, no free lunches, professionalism and differences in dress habits of the young and old. Here is Part 2:
I graduated college December 21, 2012 and was summarily catapulted into real life. Certainly the past 22 years have been real; I have had my share of trials to date, but until now I had been living the life of a child. Childhood, in my view, was characterized by a lack of independence and the accompanying stress. As a child proper I depended wholly on my parents for support and guidance and as I grew this reliance diminished but never went away fully.
I grew up surrounded by the biggest names in aging. Eden’s first class of Regional Coordinators was initiated in my house, and I have met countless aging professionals since. My father took me to see the first Green Houses open in Tupelo, Mississippi. As a child I wore one of the first Eden shirts ever to come off the press. The point is I have been connected to the aging movement since I first started aging myself.
As a doctor and a blogger and a friend of elders I tend to steer clear of electoral politics. After all members of all political parties (and their loved ones) grow old. Aging is an equal opportunity experience. For the most part I think America has done pretty well balancing the needs and demands of […]
Weekly Blog Roundup More Hot Koko This is the second in a series of Hot Koko posts. (First post HERE) When Jude and I started “playing” music, neither of us knew how to hold our instruments. Sure we had seen pictures of guitar and mandolin players but looking at a picture and knowing how to do […]
ChangingAging readers — the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) needs our help. In honor of Older Americans Month, AoA has launched a social networking initiative aimed at fostering engagement between the generations by way of an online video challenge “Connecting Generations.” The Video Challenge seeks to bring together multiple generations to create videos featuring the roles elders […]
I love trains. They are cheaper than air planes, sometimes faster, they are reliable and they are relaxing. Any way you look at it, participating in mass transit involves one being seated in a long tube-like object; be it train, bus, or plane. In these tubes you inevitably have to put up with some minor […]
— This is what journalism is about: NPR investigation reveals surge in ‘Gray Homicides.’ [NPR News] — Young people need old people. Old people need young people. That’s the way it is. [ElderCareLink] — Ah, another study finds the obvious — hospitalizing frail older people is traumatizing and often unnecessary. [ElderCareLink] — Message to governors: […]