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Welcome to the new ChangingAging.org weekly blog roundup for Oct. 22 to Oct. 29, 2010.

Announcing the Picker Report on Aging in America with Dr. Bill Thomas! Vist www.PickerReport.org to join the conversation. Do you know anyone interested in ChangingAging? Please forward this email!


Dr. Bill Thomas
RealCareNowTV -- Power of Words

Last week I had a great conversation with Dr. Al Power on the fundamentals of practicing person-centeredness by putting people first in the language we use on a daily basis. It's the first of what we hope will be a series of Real Care conversations about advancing person-centeredness in long term care. You can join the conversation by sharing your thoughts at the Picker Report Blog on Aging in America. If you would like to participate in our streaming video conversations, please email us at editor@changingaging.org.

Social Media

Dr. Bill Thomas
The Conversation Paves the Road on Which We Travel

Here is a germ of a conversation between people with differing views and a shared passion for changing aging. People have a wide range of ideas and perspectives. This is good!

Here are a few excerpts from the conversation:

Jeff Nachtigall Greetings Dr. Thomas (et al), I had the opportunity to speak at the Eden Alternative conference about the important role that art plays in aging, long term care, health care and “life” in general. Art is much more than just pictures on a wall. Art is a vehicle for change, healing and hope.

Shirley Riesz responds to Jeff: I agree with you about art as a vehicle for change, healing and hope. It’s just difficult to get it across to the “powers that be” – who expect us to always do. I feel guilty when I relax and sit down to just “be” with one of our residents during an art activity.

Susan Thomas-Payne Our resident council voted against the word “elder”. They preferred “resident” because that’s were they lived. Some of them didn’t feel they were old enough to be called “elders”.

Bob Peacock The word “Elderly” has different connotations for different people. In our Residence,some of the Elder/Residents do not mind being called Elder when you discuss the origins of the word and its’ meaning for some cultures. Others however, feel that it demeans them and that we are referring to them as being frail and without any mental capacity to do things for themselves.

Read the full conversation here, and join in!


Kavan Peterson
Dancing Under the Gallows

This video is the story of the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, playing the piano at age 106 and celebrating life. Music, Alice explains, was critical to her survival in a concentration camp:

“I felt this was the only thing which helped me to have hope. A religion sort of. Music is God.”

I’m a passionate Beethoven fan and her Moonlight Sonata moved me to tears. This is an extraordinary story.

Culture Change

Dr. Bill Thomas

Elder Emergency Departments: No Longer Optional

My good friend and colleague, Judah Ronch, Dean of the Erickson School at UMBC, sent me this article with the note, “Look what we started.” It looks good:

When 85-year-old Aloysius “Al” Boroniec fell twice in a matter of weeks, he found treatment for his injuries in a different kind of emergency room — one that caters specifically to the needs of seniors.

The six-bed senior emergency room at St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital includes everything from padded mattresses and non-glare flooring to a consultation with a senior ER social worker.

From The Detroit News.


Dr. Al Power

More on the Needs of People with Dementia

Dr. Richard Taylor is one of the world’s foremost experts on Alzheimer’s disease. Why? Because he has lived with it for years.�Here is a comment he forwarded to me today:

We don’t have the luxury of waiting for physicians to be retrained, assisted living communities to grow up, nursing homes to realize more than that their residents are there because it’s the only place Medicare pays the bill for room and board for people with dementia. We can no longer hope/pray/expect that the experts and current organizations and leaders will get “it.” At least they won’t get “it” in yours or my lifetime, and there are no current signs they will get “it” in the lifetimes of your children or grandchildren. Stand Up. Speak Out.

Read the full comment here.

Dr. Al Power

Smoking and Dementia — Really??

This week the�BBC reports a US study published in the�Archives of Internal Medicine. The study found that people who smoke more than two packs of cigarettes a day in mid-life have double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.�Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather!

Continue reading here.


Dr. Bill Thomas

Age-Strong Intergenerational Project Rocks It

This is a singular YouTube video that rocks my world. CHECK IT OUT:

Powerful social media mojo here. Love it. I’m sending an open invite to this group to join us for a conversation o on�RealCareNowTV.

Health Policy

Dr. Bill Thomas

A sort of Techno-Medical Utopia

Before I arrived in San Diego for the TED Med Conference people told me that I was coming to a meeting that would “rock my world” with a series of brilliant insights. Now that I am here, I must confess to being underwhelmed. I am already longing for home. What went wrong? I’ve slept on it and feel ready to report on my experience so far. Click here to continue reading.

Social Media

Kavan Peterson

Start With the Conversation: Proceed From There

Wow. NPR is “sponsoring” local political bloggers around the country to bolster online political reporting. They even flew a bunch of blog talent to NPR’s D.C. headquarters for a blog workshop. If you want to learn how to blog like the pros, check it out.

Virgil Thomas

Heard About a Rally?

So for those of you who do not watch Comedy Central and couldn’t give a hoot about�wisenheimers�Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, you probably haven’t heard they’re having a rally: The Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear. The event is set for October 30th on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Stewart promotes his rally as something for the 95% of americans not foaming at the mouth with political rage. For all Stewart, Colbert and others have talked about the rally, I still have been unable to find a clear interpretation of what this rally will mean. So this weekend I will be attending the rally and will provide you with my view from the ground.

Kavan Peterson

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