Grief is opening me up to the real cost of life. The impermanence of everything, the fleeting moment, the embrace that always ends, these are the things I live for, cannot hold, and that make me grateful for my existence.
Once we can remove our value from being attached to our bodies we can ask: what then are our bodies if they are not us? They are ours. By this I mean that while we are not our bodies, our bodies are our own. Our bodies are a precious gift that allow us to be in this world, to be able to communicate and form relationships and grow.
According to a growing body of research, the average lifespan of those with high levels of negative beliefs about old age is 7.5 years shorter than those with more positive beliefs. In other words, ‘ageism’ may have a cumulative harmful effect on personal health.
Every few weeks there seems to be a new story about how attitudes towards aging affect the way older minds and bodies function. The latest is irresistibly titled: “Karma bites back: Hating on the elderly may put you at risk of Alzheimer’s.”
How we perceive aging and the viability of older adults determines our willingness –– or reluctance –– to tackle social inequity, lack of access to services and opportunities, and other common challenges our elders face.
Unless the developers of fitness facilities accommodate older adults, not as a boutique population but as a core market for their services, it won’t be many years before their state-of-the-art complexes won’t be very fit at all.
It’s time for a new sexual revolution for the Post War Generation — one where a real conversation about HIV/AIDS can start.
The important loss of mental agility can also give us valuable new abilities, if we know where to look for them.
Living life day to day it is easy to forget that ideas can change the world sometimes much faster and more profoundly than we expect.
A group of Wii bowlers from six assisted living facilities in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, were indicted yesterday by a Federal Grand Jury on charges of Physiological Doping for the Purpose of Racketeering – a Class B felony. ”They almost pulled it off,” said Sgt. Richard Morgan of Center Valley, Pennsylvania’s Geriatric Crime Unit.
It could be my imagination, but lately there seems to be an increase in the amount of age denial going on – particularly, an uptick in requests to review books on how to stay young forever and also, more ads…
From the NYTimes blog “The New Old Age” comes this story about the fast growing and largely unregulated world of home health care agencies. Some of the more disturbing facts: Only 16.5 percent of agencies tested potential caregivers’ basic knowledge … Continue reading →