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- Carol Marak: Adviser and Advocate for Solo Agers August 6, 2021 - On a warm, sunny day in May 2007, Carol Marak was hiking on a trail in Texas, missing her parents—when she stopped in her tracks, her future flashing before her eyes.
- Bob Blancato: Fighting Elder Abuse through Politics November 11, 2020 - In 1981, a US Senate committee released the first congressional report on a problem that was gradually coming to light—one that was “shameful” and “alien to the American spirit.” It was being called elder abuse.
- Margaret Morganroth Gullette: Revolutionist against Ageism April 20, 2018 - Ageism did not end with the 20th century. But there were hopes. Feminism had brought changes for women, rights movements had brought changes for black people and disabled people, and the—well, there was no widespread, organized movement for older people.
- Martha Holstein: Feminism and the Future of Aging March 8, 2018 - Conventional wisdom doesn’t mean much to Martha Holstein, PhD. “I never set out to be a devil’s advocate,” she says. She just happened to be one. “I always saw the opposite of what other people saw.”
- Marc Agronin: There’s Power in Growing Old January 21, 2018 - Marc Agronin, MD, knows old age—as much as a 51-year-old could anyway. In particular, he knows difficult old age.
- Henry Cisneros: Homes—and Neighborhoods—Should Work for All Ages June 29, 2017 - For years, Henry Cisneros watched his father, George, live an active life with limited mobility. A stroke at the age of 59 had left the elder Cisneros without the use of his left arm and left leg. But parts of his house were modified to accommodate his limited mobility. He was able to live there, with his wife, Elvira, in the home and close-knit neighborhood where they’d raised their children, until two years before he died in 2006 at age 89.
- Tim Carpenter: Retirement Can Unleash Creativity March 28, 2017 - When you’re talking to Tim Carpenter about how he envisions the future of old age, at some point it strikes you: he’s talking about older people as … people. They’re not “seniors.” They’re not “the 62-and-older crowd.” They’re not … other.
- Katherine Freund: Imagining a Time When Older People Won’t Need to Drive March 28, 2017 - Her knees aren’t great. She uses a cane. She doesn’t walk as quickly as she used to. And the nearest bus stop is a couple of miles away. She promised her kids she wouldn’t drive. So what now?
- Ellen Goodman: It’s Time to Talk about Death March 27, 2017 - The first glimmer of Ellen Goodman’s vision for the Conversation Project started with a suitcase.
When she was 25, Goodman went home to visit her family. Her father had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and would pass away three months later. Her mother had just given him a gift: a brand new suitcase.