ChangingAging with Dr. Bill Thomas 2019-04-22T22:00:15Z https://changingaging.org/feed/atom/ WordPress Eilon Caspi, ChangingAging Guestblogger http://dementiabehaviorconsulting.com <![CDATA[20 Reasons Why We Need to Know the Early Life History of People Living With Dementia]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=82041 2019-04-22T22:00:15Z 2019-04-16T11:57:34Z 1. The human right of all people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is to be with people who know their life story including cultural habits and religious faith (Bell & Troxel, 2003).   2. Developing friendships, relationships, and trust with people with dementia is the foundation of person-directed care (Bell & […]

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Jeanette Leardi, ChangingAging Contributor <![CDATA[From “Faking Normal” to Living a New One]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=82031 2019-04-11T23:35:18Z 2019-04-10T17:15:04Z 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 […]

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Sonya Barsness, ChangingAging Guest Blogger <![CDATA[I Love You for What You ALMOST Are, Person-Centeredness.]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=82025 2019-03-23T19:42:18Z 2019-04-02T11:39:41Z I am worried. This is not surprising, as I tend to be somewhat of a worrywart. This is a quality I inherited from my grandmother and my mother, and I have worked really hard to perfect it. I like to think that worry can sometimes serve a useful purpose. For me, when worry festers, when […]

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Susan Macaulay http://www.myalzheimersstory.com <![CDATA[7 Kinds of Therapy I Don’t Want When I’m Living With Alzheimer Disease]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=82018 2019-03-15T23:19:43Z 2019-03-26T11:19:28Z People living with dementia are stigmatized in multiple ways, one of which is treating the activities the rest of us do for pleasure as "therapies." My view is that we need to ditch the word therapy, and provide activities that engage, activate and enhance life as an integral part of care.

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Stuart Greenbaum, Guest Contributor http://www.blogger.com/profile/08949049997081666569 <![CDATA[Growing Old Is A Joke: An Interview with Eric Decetis]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81982 2019-03-19T18:04:41Z 2019-03-19T11:09:39Z 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.

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Dan Levitt https://www.linkedin.com/in/danlevitt/ <![CDATA[Rethinking Aging]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81995 2019-03-12T16:45:28Z 2019-03-12T11:38:31Z As an undergraduate student, I was inspired to become a gerontologist after learning about the 1976 research study in which psychologists Ellen Langer and Judith Rodin investigated the effects of choice and enhanced personal responsibility for the aged, which resulted in a groundbreaking study on the impact of loneliness on seniors. They selected two floors of a […]

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Jennifer Carson, PhD and Pat Sprigg, CEO <![CDATA[Beyond Being Known: Being Celebrated]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81989 2019-02-19T20:26:34Z 2019-03-05T12:26:07Z Residents are well known at Carol Woods Retirement Community. But there is a difference between being well known and being celebrated. Residents, employee and family care partners of the Building 6 and 7 assisted living neighborhood at Carol Woods are striving toward the latter. Kay, a resident, explains: We want to be, not a family, […]

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Ryan Backer & Kyrié Carpenter http://www.oldschool.info <![CDATA[Anti-Ageism Clearinghouse, OldSchool, Gets a Mighty Upgrade]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81998 2019-03-01T20:03:00Z 2019-03-01T20:03:00Z The Old School Clearinghouse belongs to everyone and is an ongoing, evolving collaboration.

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Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging Contributor http://www.alpower.net <![CDATA[ECT for Dementia and the Dangers of the BPSD Mindset]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81960 2019-02-06T15:55:08Z 2019-02-05T20:46:08Z Dementia is the greatest shame of modern medicine; not because there have been no significant advances in treatment, but because—from restraints, to locked units, to antipsychotics, to ECT—we have lost our recognition of the humanity of those living with the diagnosis.

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Jeanette Leardi, ChangingAging Contributor <![CDATA[How to “Finish Strong”]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81942 2019-01-30T22:32:44Z 2019-01-29T15:45:29Z “We deserve a home stretch that’s in keeping with the lives we’ve led,” Lee asserts. “We can ensure that the final phase of our lives reflects and upholds the values we cherish and the beliefs we hold.” She further invites readers “to join the movement for autonomy over how we live as we age”

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Nichole Kain, ChangingAging Guest Blogger <![CDATA[Tiny Homes: An Interdisciplinary Residential Universal Design Project]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81909 2019-01-22T21:31:25Z 2019-01-22T20:35:59Z The tiny home movement has been sweeping the United States and is often discussed in conversations about sustainable living, affordable housing, multigenerational living, and downsizing in retirement.

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Emily Wilson, ChangingAging Guest Blogger <![CDATA[Ageing and living gracefully: How to adjust your home to suit your needs]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81906 2019-01-14T22:11:20Z 2019-01-15T13:20:26Z You have spent your life building up your home so it’s comfortable and suits you, but as you age, your ability to live in your home becomes less easy. It is important to adapt your home and the way you go about life to stay safe and secure and also to maintain a decent quality of life. No one likes to think of growing old but there are ways to adjust your home to your needs as you age.

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Kyrié Carpenter, Managing Editor http://www.croneintraining.com <![CDATA[I Work With Elders Because I Am Selfish]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81172 2018-12-03T19:58:36Z 2019-01-01T12:45:44Z Over a decade ago I left the beach towns of Florida I had always called home. I packed up a station wagon and headed to the millennial’s promised land, Brooklyn. Before I left, a friend and mentor recommended that I read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. This quote by the main character struck me, changed my […]

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Sonya Barsness, ChangingAging Guest Blogger <![CDATA[Being Better than a Stick in the Eye]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81872 2018-12-19T20:39:35Z 2018-12-27T16:00:06Z I believe the things we do to try to support people with dementia almost always come from a good place. We want to help them. Many times we do not know how. So, we do our best at that time.  One might argue that something is better than nothing.

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Christina Peoples, Guest Blogger <![CDATA[What the Heck is Co-housing?: 3 Reasons to Consider Co-housing]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81897 2019-02-13T20:44:34Z 2018-12-25T19:43:09Z If I Could Just Go Back… Back in undergrad, Rams Commons was THE place to be. For those who weren’t fortunate enough to attend Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), Rams Commons is a co-ed dorm with suites. There were four bedrooms per suite, with a full-sized bed, closet, and desk in each room. We shared a […]

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Dr. Bill Thomas https://drbillthomas.org/ <![CDATA[Are We Selling Convenience or Isolation?]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81750 2018-12-19T20:38:15Z 2018-12-20T17:10:23Z 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, […]

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Kyrié Carpenter, Managing Editor http://www.croneintraining.com <![CDATA[Minka the AirBnB]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81025 2018-12-03T19:52:15Z 2018-12-04T12:45:29Z Nestled into the shore of Lake Cayuga in Upstate New York sits the very first Minka. The Minka prototype was created for Haleigh Jane Thomas. Haleigh is now graciously sharing her Minka through Airbnb. Any Tribes of Eden fans out there? This is your chance to be hosted by the amazing, Jude Meyers Thomas. The […]

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Jeanette Leardi, ChangingAging Contributor <![CDATA[How to Pack Groceries… and Unpack Ageism]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81878 2018-12-03T18:44:40Z 2018-12-03T11:54:25Z Packing groceries ain’t rocket science. It just takes some basic common sense and a concern for others’ needs. The same thing applies to unpacking ageism.

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Laura Beck, The Eden Alternative <![CDATA[Tikkun Olam: Repair the World]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81869 2018-11-14T21:38:24Z 2018-11-15T11:44:32Z I recently had the honor of joining a virtual ritual convened by Age Without Borders. We gathered in observance of the 11 souls lost – many of them Elders – in a Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on October 27th.  Our time together was marked by the words of the officiating rabbi. He shared, “You are not […]

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ChangingAging <![CDATA[Grateful Changemakers: ChangingAging]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81754 2018-10-30T18:07:47Z 2018-10-30T18:07:47Z All of ChangingAging’s performances, all of our advocacy, all of our innovation is driven at its core by love. Love is the driving force behind combating ageism.

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ChangingAging <![CDATA[Minka MAGIC Homes and Communities]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81672 2018-10-28T00:58:24Z 2018-10-27T19:00:43Z Nationally renowned aging expert Dr. Bill Thomas unveiled today the first-of-its-kind robotic prefabricated Minka house built on the University of Southern Indiana (USI) campus in less than a week featuring universal design accessibility and advanced manufacturing technology.

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Ramona Oliver, Guest Blogger <![CDATA[Leave A Legacy and Live it Now!]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81462 2018-10-24T18:56:13Z 2018-10-25T11:45:04Z How do you want to be remembered? And for what? A Legacy of Choices Every day we are confronted with choices. What are some of yours? To: Determine a life of continuing incline or accept that it’s mostly downhill from here? Welcome change or feel more comfortable with the status quo? Embrace your authenticity or […]

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Laura Dean, Guest Blogger <![CDATA[Fall Less By Failing More]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81460 2018-10-08T19:48:42Z 2018-10-23T11:45:59Z “Stay young while you can.” “Everything is downhill after 60.” “Don’t get older.” As a physical therapist, specializing in fall prevention, I hear these comments on a daily basis. At first, I was unsure how to best respond. I found myself shaking my head in disagreement or changing the subject to a positive aspect of […]

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Kyrié Carpenter, Managing Editor http://www.croneintraining.com <![CDATA[From Ageism to Age Pride]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81458 2018-10-11T18:22:09Z 2018-10-18T11:45:16Z Ashton Applewhite stands before a room of dozens of people expecting to hear the same ‘ol spiel. Instead, she poses a question: “What is every person in this room going to become?” When no one offers an answer she continues. “Older. The prospect has an awful lot of us scared stiff.” A renewed focus on […]

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Jeanette Leardi, ChangingAging Contributor <![CDATA[Grains of Truth]]> https://changingaging.org/?p=81456 2018-10-15T23:39:10Z 2018-10-16T11:45:19Z Imagine this: Two cups, one containing sugar and the other containing sand. You pour the sugar into a large bowl. Then you carefully pour the sand on top. Next, you take a tweezers and pick up each grain, separating the sand and sugar back into their respective cups. How long do you think it would […]

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