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Landmarks and Taskwork for End of Life

This blog is the fourth in a series of reflections from the 3rd annual Symposium with Dr. Ira Byock on October 12, 2018, Abundant Aging Through the End of Life. For many, the thought that someone may be developing as a person at the end of life might seem preposterous. Too often, we think about a slow decline and winding down...

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Say What? Palliative Care and Hospice

Over the past several weeks, we have shared observations around palliative care. This topic is in anticipation for the Symposium of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging later this week. Dr. Ira Byock is the keynote speaker and one of our country’s foremost experts on the subject. If you are familiar with hospice, then you have a little...

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To Move or Not to Move? When is the Question!

Moving is not fun. It is exhausting to go through all your worldly belongings. It is stressful to meet the deadline for the truck backing up to the door. Saying good-bye to the community that has been your support and your home is emotionally draining. It can be stressful making all the arrangements, financial and otherwise. I don’t know anyone...

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There is an assumption in the larger culture that patriotism has one meaning, is expressed in a unified way and is a non-negotiable norm within our culture. Anyone who doesn’t express their patriotism in the current acceptable cultural behaviors is suspected of being unpatriotic. Like everything else, our life experiences and the larger social context in which we live influence...

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Aging Hero: Paul Kiewit

In this time of year, between observing days for mothers and fathers, Abundant Aging bloggers are enjoying the exercise of reflecting about the lives of individuals who have aged ahead of us. We have even gone as far in our tributes to name them "aging heroes." I recently had the opportunity to help lift up one of my aging...

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Curious Nature of Aging

As we reflect on some of our aging heroes in these weeks in May and June, I am aware that one of the traits of the people on my list have a common thread: they are all curious. They include individuals who like to continue to learn and try new things and wonder about other people and cultures and...

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Shirley: An Aging Hero

How we think about our aging selves has significant consequences on our health and how we actually age. In a recent “Aging Unmasked” podcast from LeadingAge, Dr. Tracey Gendron, associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, suggests that one of ways we can positively influence our aging process is to think about what “elderhood” should look like. One way to do...

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Films about Aging Reflect Our Own Journeys

In addition to moving from winter into spring and from Lent into the Easter season, we also recently have moved through another season: the awards season that began with the Golden Globes and concluded for the movie industry with the Oscars. In the midst of these better-known awards shows, there is another ceremony that receives less attention and less fanfare, but...

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Spiritual Practice: Making Music

Is making music a spiritual practice? As a child, I remember wanting — pleading! — to be able to learn to make music by way of piano lessons. I would go to sleep listening to my mom play. I turned pages for her as she accompanied the church choir. I loved to listen to her play duets with her grandmother....

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Resolutions, Spiritual Practices, New Beginnings

A new year provides an opportunity for a renewed focus on spiritual practices. New Year resolutions have never attracted my attention. Maybe this is because when we make them in January, we begin with gusto only to quit our resolve by mid-February. Never do they seem to continue past March. And yet, there is something about the start of a new...

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Wisdom Conversations: Our Narratives of Aging

January 06, 2019 @ 07:00 pm

Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit

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Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life

Learn more about the historic effort to raise $20 million over five years through the Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life at United Church Homes.

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