Tagged wisdom

Spirit vs The Body

Aging has never been easy! Let’s recap: Your joints get loose and achy. (gravity and hormones). Your vision is not what it used to be, cue the squint! Food is not as vibrant tasting. Likely your ankles are resisting a fast pivot. Your teeth and gums may be acting up. Skin: too many issues to name. That’s the hard physical truth! Then there is the social/emotional side: Putting on makeup (if you do) is not as much fun as on a 20 year old face. You can’t scamper up a ladder as casually as you remember doing so man times.…

What is aging?

When I observe our most elder people in the community, it is easy to assume they are sort of little shells of  a life  lived long ago. I see them shuffle or amble slowly at the market, sometimes shaky limbs reaching for the milk, or a hesitant hand pick over a bin of tomatoes.  They seem hollow, as if getting to the market and home is about all they can manage. I often wonder what keeps them going?  Looking from the outside it seems impossible that they have anything motivating them to go another day in this complex world.  Generally…

Don’t Boss The Boss!

Don’t Boss the Boss! My good friend Becky Peters at Lifespan, a high quality geriatric management firm here in Santa Cruz told me this: “Don’t boss the boss!” She could not have been more correct. One thing I have learned, and if you stop and look within a moment, no one perceives themselves as old!…

Mind Your Elders

I’m getting some pushback about the term Olderhood. “Why not Elderhood” “Why or Seniorhood” I am asked. “I don’t want to be old.” they tell me. I called it Olderhood because everyone is older than someone. First graders hold sway over kindergarden kids. High school kids disdain the junior high group. Seniors are the elders…