Reprinted from We are AgeSong, May 2013 AgeSong Communities Newsletter
by Dr Sally Gelardin, Enrichment Director at AgeSong Elder & Assisted Living Communities
Conversations with Ed
Waiting for Forgetfulness: Why are we so Afraid of Alzheimer’s Disease
by Ed Voris, Nader Shabahangi, and Patrick Fox, in collaboration with Sharon Mercer
Elders Academy Press, 2009
How can we not be afraid of Alzheimer’s Disease? How can we not dread aging? by posing these questions we are invited alternate ways of seeing Alzheimer’s disease as well as aging. In so doing we do not want to minimize the suffering that people may experience watching a loved one become forgetful. Nor do we want to minimize that becoming forgetful and growing old can be pain processes. Rather, Conversations with Ed wants to create a positive cultural space for people with dementia, for those who accompany them on their journey and for those who fear being afflicted with it.
Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Towards Forgetfulness Care
by Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D. & Bogna Szymkiewicz, Ph.D.
Elders Academy Press, 2008
This book is a practical guide for people who work and live with relatives or residents with symptoms of forgetfulness.Tweet This Post
Gloria Steinem became a spokesperson for issues about aging quite accidentally after declaring to a reporter on the occasion of her fortieth birthday, “This is what forty looks like. We’ve been lying for so long, who would know?” Because of this casual comment about her age and about the collective societal pressure to lie about our age she received an avalanche of thanks and support from other women facing age discrimination. This caused her to realize the far reaching dimensions of age oppression.Tweet This Post
Growing old is not an option. But how we age is a choice. At least we like to think so. AgeSong gives us a pleasurable nudge and a little inspiration to take charge of our aging. None of us knows how many years this final life-phase will last, but it’s a pretty good bet that it will last at least as long as our adolescence.Tweet This Post
Encounters of the Real Kind: Musings, poetry, stories about elders, forgetfulness and life – Book One
Edited by Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D.
Elders Academy Press, 2012
The AgeSong Institute Gero-Wellness training emphasizes that we need to ‘see’ and care for the whole human being. It teaches that symptoms are meaningful and important signals for a deeper understanding of each person, that these symptoms need to be met with curiosity and respect, with an attitude of wonder and love.Tweet This Post
Elders Academy Press seeks to change our view of aging from an undesirable process to an understanding of aging as important for our continued maturation in becoming elders. The Press thus seeks to encourage people to approach aging with appreciation and awareness so we might give back as elders to the generations that follow us.Tweet This Post
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Aging well: Can dance and art keep the mind and body young?
By Jane O’BrienBBC News, Washington
Shula Strassfeld holds back the emotion as she describes dancing with her 92-year-old father, a wheelchair-bound victim of dementia.
“I went to visit him for his birthday and we danced. We put on some music and I moved his wheelchair around. The look on his face was absolutely priceless,” she says.
An accomplished university educator and author, Deborah Bloch reinvented herself by earning a second masters degree, a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing, as she was approaching the end of her academic career. Upon completion of the writing program, she authored a book that was totally different from anything she’d written before – a novel entitled That Old Song and Dance, that tells the story of Barbara, a 64-year-old happily married professor who longs to be the light in someone’s eyes one more time. That Old Song and Dance is available on-line directly from the publisher: www.barbarianbooks.com.Tweet This Post