On Friday September 28th, over 200 culture change advocates convened in San Marcos, Texas, for the 2nd annual Texas Culture Change Coalition Symposium. It is was a day full of presentations and demonstrations from various culture change experts, including former Deputy Division Director for the Nursing Homes Division at CMS, Karen Schoeneman, who discussed transforming […]
I’ll end the week with a post about John Lane’s wonderful book, The Art of Ageing. He was a Brit born in 1930, a year after me. Painter, writer and educationalist, he was also chairman of the Dartington Hall Trust, founding director of Beaford Arts Centre, and instrumental in the creation of Schumacher College.
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature;
The well-noted aging of the American population will continue long after the Baby Boomer generation crests, posing continuing economic challengesfor the country for decades to come, a new congressionally mandated report states.
Asking older adults to hand over their keys is a difficult but necessary part of aging. It is so difficult because it is often a family member or physician, not the elder, who has to make the decision to end an age of independence.
I recently had the honor and privilege to be part of an all-star team working with AARP to develop a set of tools to help folks rediscover their passion and purpose as they enter the second half of life. The project is called Life Reimagined and it’s currently in the Beta testing phase. Coincidentally, the core purpose of this project is to help folks discover and use their personal strengths and gifts, which, according to new research, is more important than ever.
It has been conventional wisdom for a long time that loneliness in elders leads to decline in health and, possibly, early death. In June, a widely-reported, six-year study of 1600 people age 60 and older from the University of California Francisco seems to confirm that.
Encore: Coleman is 3rd geriatrician in 5 years to win $500,000 MacArthur award
Popular culture favors youth. Celebrity favors youth. Many of today’s icons of the Boomer generation achieved fame before turning 25, certainly by 35. But unlike older generations, where many youth icons faded from superstardom after age 45, Boomer icons persist today, filling stadiums (Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Gene Simmons, and Bonnie Rait) and winning starring roles in movies (Richard Gere, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, and Sigourney Weaver, to name a few). The Boomer generation’s cultural hegemony is maintaining and even…