Monthly Archives: April 2014
Marin Death Cafe
A big thank you to the 23 participants at last night’s Marin Death Cafe, held at the Interfaith Counseling Center in San Anselmo! This group of mostly strangers from all around Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco came together for two hours of authentic truth-telling – stories, thoughts, experiences, feelings, and yes, even jokes, about death and dying.
From surveys participants filled out, the overwhelming consensus is that meeting interesting people and talking together in a safe and friendly environment about the real truths and questions of life, living, death and dying is a profound and joyful privilege. Folks want to do it again!
So… stay tuned for notice about another Marin Death Cafe. Date and location TBD.
There is another new sponsor for this important movement towards increasing mental health coverage for all citizens by allowing LMFT’s, for instance, to accept Medicare payments! Follow progress here:
This is the first time in human history that humans have lived this long. We have made huge medical, sanitation and nutritional advances in prolonging life. We are struggling to catch up in terms of caregiving for this rapidly expanding world’s elderly population and in terms of understanding and supporting mental health and developmental tasks of this new, old age.
The presentation linked to below presents intriguing and informative perspectives from four of leading visionaries and futurists in the field of aging: Ken Dychtwald, President and CEO of AgeWave, Professor Ferando Torres-Gils from UCLA’s Center for Policy Research on Aging, Jo Ann Jenkins, Executive VP of AARP, and Joe Coughlin, Director of MIT’s AgeLab. Watch it if you want to know where we’re headed, what we’ll be up against and where there is hope.
The Future of Aging panel at the recent ASA Conference in San Diego.