If Assisted Suicide Is Legalized, Is That Really Good for the Dying?

If Assisted Suicide Is Legalized, Is That Really Good for the Dying?
Last spring, everything changed for Matt Larson.

“One day I was fine. The next I was being rushed by ambulance to Denver Health following two very massive and violent seizures,” said Larson.

The force of the seizures, from the sheer shaking, fractured and dislocated his shoulders and snapped two bones in his back. Soon, his doctors had life-altering test results to share with him.  Read more...


Many Nursing Home Residents Abused by Other Residents

Many Nursing Home Residents Abused by Other Residents
The horrific possibility that their loved one has been abused in a nursing home can dawn on family members after the appearance of an unexplained cut or bruise.

Now researchers say that such injuries are often inflicted not by overworked health aides but by a seemingly harmless roommate or someone living just down the hall.



What Is Old Age For?

What Is Old Age For?
Old age is humanity's greatest invention, and on an even deeper level, it invented us. Old age transformed the way our most distant ancestors gave birth, reared their young, lived together, and fed themselves. Later it propelled the development of culture, language, and society.  Read more...


Three-Generation Households: Are They History?

Three-Generation Households: Are They History?
Nestled within the American psyche is a nostalgic image of a three-generation household: an older couple sitting by the fire with grandchildren playing about their feet while the children’s parents look on fondly. Yet in the 21st century, so few families include live-in grandparents that some social critics have accused Americans of abandoning the older generation. Surely, they scold, grown children usually took in their aging parents in the past.  Read more...


Books to Give or Keep in 2016

Books to Give or Keep in 2016
It’s that time of year—when I am asked to recommend books I’ve read to friends who are working on their gift lists. I primarily seek out new fiction, but I enjoy deviating for an interesting memoir. Each of these books connects to aging, from midlife on up.  Read more...


Deep Reading

Deep Reading
I’ve spent my life immersed in a warm bath of fiction. I always have one novel going and another waiting. On the rare occasions when I have no new book on hand, I feel slightly panicky.  Read more...


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The Hands-Some Journey ProjectPhotographer Elaine Zelker captures life stories through hand held objects.


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The Silver Century Foundation promotes a positive view of aging. The Foundation challenges entrenched and harmful stereotypes, encourages dialogue between generations, advocates planning for the second half of life, and raises awareness to educate and inspire everyone to live long, healthy, empowered lives.

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"It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment; in these qualities old age is usually not poorer, but is even richer."

Cicero (106-43 BC)