Changing Aging with Dr. Bill Thomas June 21-July 1, 2010

Welcome to the new weekly blog roundup for June 21 to July 1 2010.


This is the Moment We Change the World

The mainstream media continues to reinforce negative stereotypes about elders and people who work with elders. We are going to have to use new social media and social networking tools in order to tell our story — our way. I am inviting you to join this growing online conversation. We can tell our stories. We can change hearts and minds. Together we can change the world.

-- Dr. Bill Thomas


Right Here, Right Now

Amidst all the unrest and disaster we're living through, we find ourselves in possession of unprecedented MEANS and WILL to effect real change. The radical ideas of a handful of reformers in long term care have blossomed into a mobilized, global community of culture change agents. Add to this the fact that social networking and social media make it easier than ever in history to coordinate and communicate, and you've got the makings not just for culture change in long term care, but for deep social change throughout our society.

-- Kavan Peterson



Low Tech and Low Touch

The medical profession has plenty of things it can and should be proud of, but it's failure to adopt basic elements of 21st centurury information technology leaves plenty of people scratching their heads. Dan Akst is a journalist, essayist and novelist and his blog post on this topic grabbed my attention. See if it rings a bell with you.

-- Dr. Bill Thomas


Enough with the Robot Baby Seal

The people behind Paro the Robot Baby Seal seem to have retained the world's best public relations firm. They've scored stories in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. I don't get it. Or, maybe, I do get it and I hate admitting the ugly truth.

-- Dr. Bill Thomas



As promised, Bonnie Kantor delivers on her thoughts about the Robot Baby Seal issue. Here is what she would like readers of the New York Times article to think about.

-- Dr. Bill Thomas


Moment of Zen: I Can Fix That!

Every once in a blue moon of eons, I come across an email forward that actually tickles my sense of humor. I just received an email generated from the I Can Fix It blog that qualifies. For some reason, these series of photos capture for me how seriously incomplete and backwards our current health care system is. I will share one every few days as a "Real Care Now" moment of Zen. 



Goodbye Dr. Butler

Dr. Robert N. Butler, an expert in geriatric medicine who won a Pulitzer Prize in the 1970s for his nonfiction book "Why Survive? Growing Old in America," died July 4 in New York City of complications from leukemia. He was 83. 


They Love Each Other

Jude and I, we are also known as Hot KoKo, played out at an open mic night and then opened the Eden Idol competition at the Eden International Conference in Denver.We were scared and can't remember much of what happened on stage but we got through it and at least some of the folks in the crowd liked the show. Now we've decided to learn this song.

-- Dr. Bill Thomas



Look Out Boomers, Here Come the Millennials

Every one is aging. As each generation ages and reaches adulthood, they rule as if they were supreme, and for the most part they are. Now, the boomers are beginning to cede their influence to a younger generation — My generation, the Millennial Generation.

-- Dr. Bill Thomas

Cult of Adulthood


The New Quackery

This just in from the always interesting Rick Moody:

While promises of eternal youth in a bottle and all-encompassing cures for what ails you have been around forever, at least four events have recently converged resulting in doctors now being asked by their patients on a more frequent basis about something they saw on television or heard on the radio regarding a cure for aging," says Tom Perls, America's leading expert on centenarians.

-- Dr. Bill Thomas