A couple years ago ChangingAging and our readers campaigned to challenge the Oprah Show to fully embrace aging in all its beauty, challenges and complexity.
In particular Dr. Bill asked Oprah to find a place on her show for elders and those who care for them to explore a better way of aging.
We asked our community to share their stories about elderhood and caregiving and to appeal to Oprah to give elderhood equal time.
Our community spoke out. We don’t know if Oprah ever heard us, but one of her producers did. In the summer of 2009 she talked to Dr. Bill and she “got it.” When the show’s producers met to discuss guests for the upcoming season she pitched having Dr. Bill on to talk about elderhood.
She got shot down.
Well, it’s been a couple years. Oprah is older. Her audience is older. Yet she still focuses almost exclusively on denying aging.
Our friends at Graceful Aging, the leading video network for older adults, want to make one last appeal to Oprah in the last month of her show. It’s probably a little late to make the Oprah Show, but perhaps in the next phase of her career (and life!) Oprah will look at aging a little more holistically. Here’s a final appeal from Graceful Aging:
Oprah’s last month needs Dr. Bill Thomas and his passion for better elder life as we all age. Dr. Bill Thomas is a driving force changing aging. His deep seated positive spirit and zeal for seniors generates creativity and compassion. Your life will be improved by catching whatever he has, says, and inspires.
Oprah call Dr. Bill Thomas today. Accept aging as beautiful and graceful.