Voices of Aging is a place for adults to have meaningful conversations about what it is like to get older. Every day we see and hear messages about “us” from many different places. We read about our aging in magazines, newspapers, and books. We hear about it on television and the radio. There are a lot of people talking about us.
What we read about ourselves is sometimes positive but often the focus is on either the negative aspects of aging or the unrealistic notion that, we can somehow avoid aging and stay forever young. Surely we all face some issues as we get older but much of our public image doesn’t reflect the complex, thinking people we really are.
A great deal of what is written comes from the perspective of professionals who study and report on aging in their roles as gerontologists, geriatricians, psychiatrists and psychologists, nurses, social workers, transportation and housing experts, nutritionists and so many more.
It is time we created our own voice – the voice of our own aging. This blog is about us, from us, and for us – those who are going through the process. It is for older people and for our loved ones beause the process of aging involves not just one person but those who surround and care about us.
We come from different backgrounds, live in unique circumstances, and, together, have decades of life experience. We need to start talking to each other about our issues, our creative approaches to living our lives, and find ways to connect to eachother.
Our conversations will take off in different ways. In the beginning people can respond to some of my articles and we will see. Voices of Aging will have a growing list of resources and links to other helpful sources.