A Report from the Slow Lane. I don’t really have a place to stand. I’m just uneasy. Anything I do is contaminated by my awareness. Not doing anything, or enough, is equally unsatisfying. I am literally torn apart, if I let myself know what I already know.
Integrity, that mysterious navigational tool, is my hope of becoming fully what I am capable of being. It hurts trying to live up to it, and it hurts even more living without it.
Life had presented us with a choice: we could accept the “tragedy narrative” that fit so seamlessly with our overpowering sense of loss or we could tell a new story. Because of our experience being with and learning from elders, and our openness to learning from people living with dementia, we knew there was a new story waiting to be told.
We each have rights over our own life and it’s quality. We each have the responsibility of examining end of life issues and coming to an opinion we can stand behind.
Bill Thomas and Nate Silas Richardson take on the age old question of mortality as well as a deep dive into caregiver stress when your spouse or partner lives with dementia. They also share a behind-the-scenes look at the latest swing of the Age of Disruption Tour, including how the show dealt with a catastrophic power outage during a live performance in Richmond.
I missed this MUST-read op-ed from The Washington Post while I was abroad last week so I am urging all ChangingAging readers to read “Our unrealistic attitudes about death, through a doctor’s eyes” by Minneapolis physician Craig Bowron.
So many elements of this editorial have been echoed on ChangingAging that I don’t know where to begin praising Bowron’s critique of American attitudes and detachment from death and its implications on our approach to aging.
Life expectancy has dropped by one month according to the latest analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s not a significant change, researchers said, but it does represent a reversal after years of increasing longevity. Meanwhile, mortality rates dropped significantly for five of the 15 leading causes of death, including accidents (3.5 […]