The Far Shore of Aging

At first glance, you might think such a topic is only interesting to older folks; however, I think there is a great deal here for everyone.  This week, we feature Krista Tippett’s interview with Jane Gross, author of the New Old Age Blog sponsored by the New York Times and the book, A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents — and Ourselves.

What struck me about this interview is how much times have changed:  a previous generation never really saw people getting older like we do today.  We all know people live longer than they used to, but what we fail to realize is that getting older is a true process.  As Gross said, “everybody wants to believe that their parent and even on some level, more importantly, themselves are going to be perfectly healthy, climbing the Himalayas one day and dead the next.”

“It kicks up all the dust of childhood. Everybody sort of becomes who they were when they were 10.”

So join us, as we explore the difficulties of aging and the poignant stories of Gross learning how to take care of her parents as they get older.


Credits: Tippett, Krista. “The Far Shore of Aging.”  On BeingAmerican Public Media.  July 26, 2012. 


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