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Age Equity

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ― Howard Thurman 

Over the past year there has been a lot of talk in our towns about equity. And rightfully so. The documentary “America To Me” helped focus a much-needed and well-deserved spotlight on the race aspect of the equity issue.

I want to raise another important aspect – age equity.

I am not pitting racism and ageism against each other. They intersect, and raising awareness about and fighting against one can help fight against the other, as well as against sexism or homophobia or ableism or any form of prejudice.

In our youth-obsessed society, old is bad - older people are routinely treated like worn-out machines and then we become invisible.

And the most invisible amongst us are older women of color,…  read more

Dementia Friendly local

Last week I participated in a dementia exposure exercise at River Forest Village Hall. This program was another step in the Dementia Friendly River Forest process. The program took about 30 minutes. I experienced some managed sensory alteration. It was powerful, undeniable and humbling.


Even though I knew the…  read more

The Dakini Speaks by Jennifer Welwood

The Dakini Speaks

My friends, let’s grow up. Let’s stop pretending we don’t know the deal here. Or if we truly haven’t noticed, let’s wake up and notice. Look: Everything that can be lost, will be lost. It’s simple — how could we have missed it for so long? Let’s…  read more

Tear A Hole

The other night I watched the movie The Matrix. I hadn’t seen it since it first came out in 1999, when the Wachowskis were still brothers. That’s 20 years ago. I liked it then, and I still do.

I don’t watch movies at home very often. I don’t even have…  read more

The Wall

The Wall: How the Arts Can Improve Aging from Aroha Philanthropies on Vimeo.

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Houses of Our Youth

The other day I caught a glimpse of myself as I passed the hallway mirror. I stopped and backed up a few steps for a longer gaze. What grabbed my attention was a flap of skin. I know I had seen it before, just under my chin and above my…  read more


Old tree

From The Book of The Garden by Richard Wehrman

The Garden releases its last radiance, not as something failed, but as its full reason for being: to give continually, to its last bit of energetic being. Its giving is its beauty. It is…  read more

Getting Old

Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!

            —Ingrid Bergman

Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.

            —David Bowie

The last third of life gives us the opportunity…  read more

Different “less than” or different “special”

I recently attended an indoor public event, and sitting in the audience, off to my right, directly in view, was an old man in a wheelchair. Can you picture him?

Last week, in downtown Oak Park, I noticed an old woman walking slowly on the sidewalk, hunched over her walker.…  read more

More Than Just Co-existing

I work out regularly at the local tennis and fitness center. I’ve been a member there for many years, and I love their Yoga Centre. One day last week, as I passed the front desk to flash my membership card at the small entry turnstile, I was slowed by the…  read more

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