My first response to the unretouched photos was colored by my inner ageist. I felt exposed, vulnerable and unmasked, with my 76 year old skin photographed close-up and very personal. My inner ageist dislikes the skin changes that appear with aging. My inner activist loves them. Many times I don’t live up to my own expectations when confronting ageism
I was fortunate enough to be an active participant in the Women’s Movement of the 60s and 70s. Not only was this pressure group dynamically underway but the mood of this era was vibrant: the back and foreground of exciting change included the Peace Movement, new music, different ways of being, Woodstock, love-ins, gurus, LSD, […]
I have a recurring memory of meeting for an interview with one of my spiritual teachers. How many years ago did this meeting take place? I think several, perhaps even a decade has passed. I was struggling with memories around personal and family wounds over-taking me during my contemplation and meditation practices. My teacher responded […]
I learned slowly and gently to coax the bag lady out of the darkness, listen to her message for me, respond differently to older people, and deal with the fear and dread of my own aging.
Her public voice began with a 2016 essay, when Harvard MBA and former World Bank employee and retail business CEO Elizabeth White decided to come out of the shadows to describe her post–Great Recession situation of living on the edge of economic survival: the loss of job prospects, the depletion of retirement savings in order […]
Humor is good for the mind, body and soul, particularly as we age. Internationally renowned cartoonist Eric Decetis “makes fun” of growing older and inspires us to (not) act our age.
The Old School Clearinghouse belongs to everyone and is an ongoing, evolving collaboration.
We accept, without thinking much about it, that some housing will be set apart and restricted to people over the age of 55. Indeed, the entire senior living industry is founded on this deliberate policy of age segregation. We also know that the number of older Americans is large and growing larger every year. Everyone, […]