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Reflection: The difference between 'work' and assisting your own family

I’ve recently returned from a trip where I visited my grandfather (“Pa”) who isn’t well. As a social worker who has worked in ageing for years, I wanted to reflect on how different assisting a family member felt from work. 320 more words

Conscious Aging: Acceptance

A friend recently asked me how Minga is doing. I responded that she seems up and down physically, but remarkably consistent in the grace and acceptance she shows relative to living with dialysis. 462 more words



The title of this post is also the title of a wonderful collection of essays by Margaret Atwood, which a woman named Jennifer Baichwal made into a film. 352 more words

Non Classé

INSPIRATIONAL STORIES: "The wooden bowl"(taking care of our parents)

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. 337 more words


"Let your body be a soft & steady place for emotions to land." Part One

I just spent 9.30-3pm Sunday in a yurt at a Women’s Buddhist Dharma Day. What does that actually mean G? Well, it meant I got up at 6.30 to cook a spinach pie for the shared lunch, drove there too fast because I left a bit late and didn’t know where I was going, was the second last one to bumble into the serious silent sitting circle of women, and then spent hours listening to a wise elder speak about Ageing as we meditated together. 429 more words

Over 50

Kickboxing? At 60?

“Kickboxing? Are you crazy?”

At least I didn’t ask – Are you out of your ever-loving mind? Those words are closer to the actual ones that bolted through my brain when Mary asked me if I wanted to try out a new exercise activity with her. 1,197 more words

Random Thoughts

Triphala: The Magic Potion

My father was fitter in his nineties than many in their late seventies. He took adequate care of himself. Just for the fun of it, he even rode a bicycle well past his ninetieth birthday. 303 more words