Elders in the 21st Century

The current view of old age in our youth oriented, market driven society promises little more than disease, disability and death. This view is powerfully reinforced by those industries that exploit (promote and normalize) the vulnerabilities of aging from which … Continue reading

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A Matter of Perception

Everybody dies, but not everybody receives the gift of old age – a time for profound self discovery and healing resolution; a time for fearless integrity and a celebration of possibilities. Yet many older persons are so intimidated by the … Continue reading

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Harvesting Our Longevity

Our 20th century model of aging and retirement was largely about a few years more of the one life we had known, a brief extension into twilight. But now, with the advent of our new longevity, we have an opportunity … Continue reading

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Ageism: into the future

The extent to which we identify ageism as something “out there” indicates the extent to which we are unaware of its root causes. As with other problems of discrimination in our society, problems we would like to locate and defeat … Continue reading

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LEGACY

If conscious Elders could take full responsibility for what their hearts already know, the legacy of a sustainable world for their grandchildren would be a universal political priority. The idea that ‘natural resources’ exist only for the exploitation of a … Continue reading

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A Task For Elders

I have been advocating the use of the word “elder” for years when referring to older adults. And, as I’ve grown older myself, gradually experiencing the negativity toward old age that is so deeply embedded in our society, the need … Continue reading

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A Dignified Transition From Driving

For those whose transportation is simply a matter of stepping into a private automobile, imagining the world of public transportation for seniors in Sonoma County will be difficult. But, since we statistically know that the majority of drivers behind the … Continue reading

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Generations Learning Together

In my brief lifetime I have touched upon whole epochs of human history, from the old folks of my childhood in the South who remembered the world soon after the U.S. Civil War to the young men and women who … Continue reading

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The Prisoner

A few years ago I visited the old family farmhouse a few miles west of Macon, Georgia. I was surprised to learn it was still standing. It had suffered an internal fire that had pretty much gutted it, but the … Continue reading

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TRIO

They came together for a one night stand, Tuesday night at a new waterfront club in Sausalito. The place wasn’t quite finished. Some of the interior construction was still in process. But the owners wanted a trial run on the … Continue reading

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Whiff

 I was recently walking down the sidewalk in Petaluma, California, totally wrapped up in my own thoughts and with my autopilot fully engaged. I had no conscious connection with my surroundings. But then, there was this faint odor. Suddenly, without … Continue reading

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Generativity

When first coined by psychologist Erik Erikson in 1950, the word Generativity was loosely defined as “a concern in establishing and guiding the next generation.” More basically; “the ability or power to generate or produce something.”  But over time the … Continue reading

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That Old Time Religion

I look back now with the realization that my early years in rural Georgia were essentially spent in the 19th century. The language, the customs, the implements of our daily lives; all had changed little since the Great Civil War. … Continue reading

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Silence

I think what bothers me most is the silence beneath the noise, as the next damned thing to distract us from the enormity of what’s wrong in our nation comes romping across a field of plenty to entertain us to … Continue reading

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The Power of Age

Over the years of my research into the facts and fantasies about aging, I have gained an understanding that I wish could become common knowledge. Like so many things in our world of apparent reality, aging has acquired a reputation … Continue reading

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Muriel

Waltz Gardens was a fuchsia nursery situated behind a large private home on a back street between Kentfield and San Anselmo. The neighborhood had an old and elegant Marin County feeling. Quiet cultural ghosts lived in that architecture of a … Continue reading

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