Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Aging I am and it's all around me #FastFWDonPBS | #sol21 Day 24

Somewhere along the way today's theme turned into aging. I didn't see it coming. No surprise though. Aging is always there, lurking in the wings.

"The Road Menders" by Vincent VanGogh, 1889
Illustrating "Can Art Cure Alzheimers?

I'm 77, retired, live in senior housing and have a community Facebook page about Life in the Manor. Aging is a regular post topic. I research related areas for my own use because learning more about whatever is my first step in coping. That contributes to page content too. I also subscribe to aging newsletters like Next Avenue, Senior Planet, etc. Then there's the fat aging collection of link bundles tucked away in Diigo.

During this morning's slice reading and commenting routine, my response to a slice about adjusting to aging drew on personal experience. Little did I realize it was a harbinger of the day to come.

Later I was caught by a last minute reminder about a zoom that I meant to calendar on the Manor but forgot. Peggy Stoltenberg at the Northeast Engagement Center emailed afternoon reminders about this evening's "Aging, Alzheimers & Agriculture" zoom, a lecture with slides followed by Q&A. Recording to follow -- note to fogetful self: add link here...

There I was, anxiously examining the slides for applicable warning signs...

Next up, at 9 pm, comes Fast-Forward: Look into Your Future, a film from FLX Entertainment in association with Twin Cities PBS and Next Avenue. It's about about aging too but from a very different perspective.

If you could see your family’s future, would you change anything?

“Fast-Forward: Look Into Your Future,” a documentary film narrated by Rosario Dawson with an original song by Andrew Bird, follows four millennials and their parents as they travel through time to meet their future selves.

Wearing an MIT-produced “aging empathy suit” and working with professional make-up artists, they grapple with the realizations, conversations and mindset required to age successfully. 

This is the one I'm looking forward to...

Posts tagged #sol21 are part of this year's blogging  challenges  hosted by Two Writing Teachers, which include SOLSC, the annual March 31 day writing streak and the more modest weekly #SoL Tuesday invitation to stay connected by serving up and sharing weekly snapshots (aka slices) of life through writing. Read more posts by taday's slicers here

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