Here is a germ of a conversation between people with differing views and a shared passion for changing aging.
People have a wide range of ideas and perspectives. This is good!
Dr. Bill Thomas
This kind of instruction reminds me of when we (people of a certain age) were all just starting to learn how to use e-mail and Windows.
@? who ever used the @ on a typewriter?
Here is the thing. Comments give a blog energy and vitality.
Comments are blogging oxygen.
One last thought….
Don’t worry about how your blog sounds— you are just contributing a thought to a conversation, you are not composing a novel!
If you are shy about getting started try this for a comment…
“I posted a comment!”
Greetings Dr. Thomas (et al),
I had the pleasure of meeting you briefly in the airport after the 5th International Eden Alternative Conference in Denver. I had the opportunity to speak at the conference about the important role that art plays in aging, long term care, health care and “life” in general. Art is much more than just pictures on a wall. Art is a vehicle for change, healing and hope.
I was quite taken by your “Doing vs. Being” talk. In my 20+ year career as an artist I have become very familiar with the difference between doing and being… one pays better than the other but is far less rewarding!
I have developed an “open studio” model that has been very successful and fits well with the Eden philosophy. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and posting comments on this site. In the meantime please visit my site. Click Here!
Artist in Residence Sherbrooke Community Centre, Dube Centre for Mental Health and Addictions
I agree with you about art as a vehicle for change, healing and hope. It’s just difficult to get it across to the “powers that be” – who expect us to always do. I feel guilty when I relax and sit down to just “be” with one of our residents during an art activity.
I’d like to add a third line to Johann Wolfgang von
Knowledge is not enough, we must apply.
Willing is not enough, we must do.
Doing is not enough, we must be.
Shirley Riesz, ADC
Our resident council voted against the word “elder”.
They preferred “resident” because that’s were they lived.
Some of them didn’t feel they were old enough to be
The word “Elderly” has different connotations for different people. In our Residence,some of the Elder/Residents do not mind being called Elder when you discuss the origins of the word and its’ meaning for some cultures. Others however, feel that it demeans them and that we are referring to them as being frail and without any mental capacity to do things for themselves.
In our Residence, we try to identify those in our care who do not like the word and try to use the word Resident and or just refer to them by name.
It becomes a sticky wicket, when some of the Elder/residents will not participate in some activities because of a single word.