Recently ran across a a vignette that described the hospital care that was available to older people in the pre-Medicare years. The writer recalls visiting a hospital and seeing wards full of frail old people… My…Paternal Grandmother died in one of those wards. My last memory of her was seeing her in a urine soaked […]
Some people hear the name “Green House” and they automatically picture a ranch-style house and a picket fence. Sometimes Green Houses do look exactly like that; but there are Green Houses in cities too. The nation’s first urban Green Houses are in Chelsea, Mass., at the Leonard Florence Center for Living and I recently dropped […]
NYT Columnist David Brooks goes a long way around the mulberry bush to express a simple idea. He writes… Years ago, people hoped that science could delay the onset of [sickness]. We would live longer, healthier lives and then die quickly. This is not happening. Most of us will still suffer from chronic diseases for […]
The press leads with this… Beeping call bells, medication carts, rigid meal times and other elements of traditional nursing homes have been scrapped on the 13th floor of The Cunningham nursing home in Syracuse. The changes are all part of a $1 million makeover by Loretto, the home’s operator, to make the floor and the […]
A remarkable blog post just popped up on my reader. Rhoda P. Curtis is the author of “Rhoda: Her First Ninety Years,” a candid memoir of a first-generation American woman who was willing to change the direction of her life every twelve years, and “After Ninety: What.”
I was hanging out at caregiver.com and ran across the following impassioned plea… I’m a caregiver to a woman who has MS. This woman was once my wife and I was once her husband but I have now reached the point where I no longer think of myself as a husband and I no longer […]
Large media outlets are, unfortunately, like large long-term care institutions. They prosper by standardizing their product and that standardization is lethal to voices and viewpoints outside of the accepted bounds of discourse.
Here is an example of what I mean.
I seem to be running in to quite a few anti-agers who are not, to put it mildly, on board with my ideas about valuing age and aging. They, mainly, object that: Life is so AWESOME I just want more its gooey goodness!