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To Belong, Or Not to Belong: Exploring Human Belonging

The Art of Belonging To belong, or not to belong – that is the question. As is the question of whether human beings really need to feel a sense of belonging in order to: function, survive, experience happiness and ultimately, loved. But what does it mean to belong? Is human belonging the fact that your […]

To Belong, Or Not to Belong: Exploring Human Belonging

Preparing for old age

Vision for Ageing in Aotearoa — Write Into Life

“If you think this talk could be useful for someone you know, please share the link, which you’ll find on YouTube. People caring for aging parents, people about to retire, aged care workers and nurses spring to mind. The talk includes a couple of poems, but don’t let that scare you.”

Source: https://writeintolife.com/2022/06/08/preparing-for-old-age/

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Are you aged or old?

Photo of old copy of As You Like It, featuring a sorry picture of old age. The sixth age shifts/ into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,/with spectacles on nose and pouch on side;/ His youthful holse, well sav'd, a world too wide/For his shrunk shank; andhisbig manly voice,/turning agan toward childish treble, pipes/And whistles in his hound.  Last scene of all [...]/Is second childishness and mere oblivion;/ Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
A profoundly cynical vignette of old age, in a very old book: All the world’s a stage in As You Like it

“I never seriously considered using the word aged as a synonym until I read a post in Engaging With Aging called Thoughts on whether “Old” is different from “Aged.” Retired Professor Carnevali starts with definitions. I’m not sure of the source, but they make sense and the difference instantly jumps out at you:

  • Old: ancient, long-lived, geriatric. long-standing
  • Aged: seasoned, experienced, weathered, matured, mellowed, in full bloom, venerable”

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Write Into Life Source: Are you aged or old? — Write Into Life

What Is Aging in Place?

 Aging in place occurs when someone makes a conscious decision to grow older in their current residence instead of moving to an assisted living or long-term care facility. Aging in place works best for people who create a plan, modify their home and establish a supportive network of family and home care services. 

Source: https://angelaggentile.com/2021/06/15/aginginplaceispreferred/

A Guide to Getting Rid of Almost Everything

Once you’ve thanked and said goodbye to the items that do not spark joy, what can you do with them? Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, February 21, 2022 online Kids have no interest in the loot amassed by their materialistic boomer parents. Illustration by Anna Haifisch Lately, I, a maximalist, have been yearning to be […]

A Guide to Getting Rid of Almost Everything

“This allows us the illusion of being minimalist. We’ve substituted spiritual clutter for stacks of paper.”

Treasuring Work at 75

“I have seen many changes in the way older adults are cared for over the years, mainly focusing on patient-centered care. Also, there are now more housing options, programs for travel, volunteering and socialization.”

the National Association of Senior & Specialty Move Managers® blog

By: Jane Oderburg, Generations (American Society on Aging) , January-February 2022

I have worked in the field of geriatric social work for 40 years in a variety of settings: senior center, nonprofit mental health organizations, private psychiatric hospitals, assisted living, long-term care, dementia-specific facilities and a cancer nonprofit. When I was in grad school, there weren’t any courses focusing on geriatrics, so I learned by attending workshops, conferences and reading as often as I could. I found I had a preference for dementia patients and their families/caregivers and developed several training programs for family and professional caregivers.

I have seen many changes in the way older adults are cared for over the years, mainly focusing on patient-centered care. Also, there are now more housing options, programs for travel, volunteering and socialization. Of course, people are living longer than before, and most are living an active lifestyle. There were no separate…

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Anita Pallenberg – by Suzanne Moore

Both Pallenberg and her friend Marianne Faithfull have had to live with constantly being compared to their 20-year-old selves and found wanting. It is heartening that these women maintained a close friendship despite the coming and going of the men; that they are survivors not victims.

Source: 2) Anita Pallenberg – by Suzanne Moore

Shady Towers, Social Care, Nora and Whitey on the Moon.

“Some patients stay weeks, even months in hospital beds because of complex issues relating to the interplay of their health and home situation.
I have a man who has been stuck in bed too long because he has eight cats…”

Dr Rod’s Odd Blog (almondemotion)

The government and, in particular the NHS are masters at inventing arbitrary names, often allayed with acronyms to describe obscure pathways and processes. It is what they do best. I imagine a conversation between the regional manager for NHS Y (can’t be NHS ‘X’ as that is, unsurprisingly already a thing) and their child:

Freddy: What do you do when you are on the computer in your office?

Mummy:  I organise things.

Freddy: Are you a key worker?

Mummy: Yes, I suppose I am.

Freddy: What do you organise?

Mummy: I find ways to move patients and staff around a diminishing system to maximise output, retention and wellbeing of staff and patient care. I also invent acronyms.

Freddy: Can I watch Disney?

OK, what is this about?

Well, I want to focus on patient experience – in layman’s terms, and depending on your age and state of health, that…

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