An ophthalmologist, my husband Jack underwent years of medical training. When he reflects on this time – particularly the earliest parts of it—he, like many of his ilk, admits to at least a fleeting period of preoccupation with getting or having the symptoms of the diseases he studied. I’ve always wondered, when regaled with his harrowing clinical tales, if such an analog to medical-student syndrome exists and what it might look like for my colleagues and I who study gerontology.
If we fail to appreciate the ways in which every generation is different, we deny ourselves some valuable resources for expanding our understanding of what it means to be a human being –– of any age.
Leapfrogging off my thought earlier this week about younger generations becoming resentful of older generations. The New York Time has an interesting piece about how people really aren’t very good at predicting how much (if at all) they will change as they age. When we remember our past selves, they seem quite different. We know how much our personalities […]
Our cultural lexicon is wrong. It’s a classic language of otherizing—through which older adults’ experiences are confined and trivialized into this thing called aging.
Yesterday, Marcie talked about encountering elder paranoia, no free lunches, professionalism and differences in dress habits of the young and old. Here is Part 2:
Over the weekend Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space and parachuted to the ground, breaking records and the sound barrier along the way. A really cool video can be found here.
What I think is the most interesting point here, besides the fact that a man broke the speed of sound with his face, is that we are seeing a space boom like that of the 1960’s.
Ever heard of a Hero generation? Not to toot our own horn but generational researchers Neil Howe and William Strauss think millennials may be one. They explored this theory in Millennials Rising, The Next Great Generation. in their book they lay out a pattern of development which, they argue, defined the last four “Hero” generations in American […]
Every one is aging. As each generation ages and reaches adulthood, they rule as if they were supreme, and for the most part they are. Each generation will rise, rule, and as life goes, fade into the pages of history. Now we are witnessing the beginning of one of these transformations. The boomers are beginning […]