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Marina Abramovic and Ulay | Zen Garage

19 May

Marina Abramovic and Ulay | Zen Garage.


Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.

At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.


Are ‘Elderly’ or ‘Senior’ Derogatory words?

27 Apr

This was not a whimsical poll.

We were inspired to learn your views, after a recent Guardian Article came out that suggested the following words are deemed derogatory: Codger, Fogey, Elderly, Senior, Fossil, Biddy, Sweet Little Old Lady

The advice is included in a media guide on reporting issued by the think tank The International Longevity Center, and ageism campaign group Aging Services of California.

While the rest of the words have colloquial British meanings (fogey, codger) and some are just plain rude (fossil), the author of this post does not believe that the terms ‘Elderly’ or ‘Senior’ is derogatory per se. Of course, if used in a discriminatory context or with willful intent any word can sound bad.

According the the new journalist guide:

Instead, people aged over 50 should be referred to as ‘older people’ or simply ‘man’ or ‘woman’ followed by their age, the guide suggests.

What do you think?


A Volunteer Army of Caregivers: Spread the Word

27 Apr

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This is a Petition we should all be excited about: Caregiver Corps.

The idea is to recruit high school and college grads as caregivers for tuition credit. The program would be on the lines of Teach for America or the Peace Corps.

“Older people today are healthier than in the past and are living longer. But as they age, boomers will likely require both caregiving for their parents and eventually for themselves. By 2030 the United States will need between 5.7 million and 6.6 million caregivers.”~

One welcome byproduct, could be less age segregation and ageism, greater bonds across generations.

Starbucks Syndrome in Healthcare

16 Apr

“In Scotland, death is considered imminent; in Canada, it’s considered inevitable. In California, death is considered optional.”

Patients in the US expect and receive more treatments than patients anywhere else. But is more really better?

Healthy seniors here are also big consumers of healthcare, getting about 65% more MRI studies and utilizing ambulances three times as often as seniors elsewhere. Commercial insurance data point to similar patterns in the healthcare of the younger population in Southern California. What explains such avid use?

This Article in the LA times features an interesting insight into this mentality: that people expect their medical treatments like every other kind of consumption.

Read more here.

And why shouldn’t they?