Category Archives: Aging

Meaningful Life

One of the tenets of the Green House Project is meaningful life for elders.  Meaningful life is focused on helping each elder be deeply known and to find, and have, a sense of purpose.  Of the values we teach on our journey to become fully Green House operationally in our long term care setting, meaningful life has…

At the Holiday

Every year at Thanksgiving dinner I raise the question with our family and assorted guests—can you name something for which you are thankful? Sometimes it works (mostly with our friends who are too polite to roll their eyes at me) and the responses are no surprise, with folks voicing gratitude for family, friends, health and…

The Words We Use

I had the privilege of attending the national conference of LeadingAge last week. LeadingAge represents more than 6,000 nonprofit organizations that serve older adults, primarily those in housing, long term care and senior health services. There was a lot of conversation at the conference about changing names for some of the existing service models, specifically…

A Purposeful Life

Recently one of the older adults with whom I am privileged to work started a comment with “If I had known I was going to live this long . . .” He didn’t end it with the old line about “I would have taken better care of myself.” Instead, he said that he would have…

Forgiving

Forgiving — what does it mean? We all know Alexander Pope’s quote, “to err is human; to forgive divine” and while I am not sure that forgiving is divine, I have come to believe that it is necessary. During the holidays, and specifically at Yom Kippur, forgiveness is really intended to be part of our worship. We…

The Dangers of Depression

It is the holiday season and many greet the New Year with the joy of family getting together, the opportunity to worship as a community and the chance to both review the year past and think about the year to come. For some, however, holidays can bring up complicated and difficult emotions and be triggers…

Balance

Balance. Some of us talk about it as the struggle to manage our busy personal and professional lives and that’s certainly a relevant use of the term. But when we talk about older adults, balance, in the sense of physical ability, is critical. It sounds like an easy thing but it is not. Balance involves…

Capturing History

It’s the season of school vacations, travel that is less limited by weather; a time that we often use for reunions, visits and just reconnecting. Families sit around a table or on chairs at the beach and share stories and recollections, and the conversations are often peppered with “Remember the time?” Older adults are often…

Can we Unlock Dementia Through Art?

What would it be like to lose the ability to make your own choices? What if the control of your everyday life was no longer yours? From the simplest things, like when to get up in the morning and what to wear and how your day would be spent, to the more complex—giving up your…

How to Conquer Ageism

The month of May is drawing to a close. It’s the month that’s been designated as Older Americans Month, intended to be a time that we honor the years and wisdom of those who have reached advanced age. We all know that the sheer number of older adults is increasing—the demographics are undeniable but are…

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