From “From Aging to Sage-ing” to “Changing Aging”

When trying to decide on a title for this post, I googled the famous book title, From Age-ing to Sage-ing (published 1997), and discovered a website devoted to the task —

www.sage-ing.org

— which, in tone and spirit feels a bit too institutionalized for my taste.

Meanwhile, just prior to this I had discovered a wonderful “multiblog” site —

www.changingaging.org

— that in tone and spirit echoes and fulfills the work a few of us set out to do, way back in 1989, when we began the quarterly magazine, Crone Chronicles: A Journal of Conscious Aging, which ran for 12 years, and in 1992 spun off the Crones Counsel, the 22nd annual gathering of which I am attending this coming week: November 5-9. YES!

Since I and my siblings have so recently experienced various kinds of institutional eldercare, the way our culture works with advanced aging in place has come to the forefront of my attention. Check out what this young doctor is doing:

Can life in a nursing home be made uplifting and purposeful?

And, for especially, women who are aging, and who is not! — in this disembodied culture that pays attention only to “appearances” and is so terrified of old age and dying — check out actress Frances McDormand, now 57, who has decided to use her celebrity to turn Hollywood worship of young bodies and faces on its ear.

Frances McDormand Is Changing Aging

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