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Americans often cite Japan as the country with the most respect for elders. In fact, there is considerable prestige given to older people in Japan and even a national holiday in their honor. There are also some embarrassing lapses which expose a gap between rhetoric and practice. The BBC reports:
If you practice medicine long enough, eventually you’ll see everything. Consider the case of this 75 year old man: Doctors feared the worst when they studied Ron Sveden’s (SVEE’-dehn) X-rays and spotted a small dark spot. Read more here.
Power-Up Friday: Feeding the Dementia Industrial Complex
In their 2008 book, The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told about Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis, Drs. Peter Whitehouse and Daniel George entertain a radical possibility–that Alzheimer’s disease may be less of a distinct disease than part of the spectrum of brain aging. They discuss the ways in which the lives of people who live with dementia have become medicalized, and the industry that has grown around this process. Read more here.
Walking Stick Mojo
My favorite American poet is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (b. 1807) From the WIki: Portrait of the artist as a young man —