Archive for November 2010

Elder Stories: A Veteran’s Day Rememberance

Photo by Beverly & Pack via Flickr

One of the most gratifying aspects of my work with Elders and their care partners has been the opportunity to listen to their stories.

On this Veteran’s Day, I am remembering the very special men and women I’ve known who have entrusted me with the stories of their military service to our country.

Those tales were always deeply embedded in that person’s life history, and included stories of everyday existence and extraordinary loss; the finding of love and founding of family; the formation of lifelong occupations, friendships, and deeply held convictions.

Some of the Elders had written their life stories and wartime experiences into formal or self-published books, and I was privileged to see the world through their eyes as I read their words and shared in their reminiscences.

Others told me the secrets they’d long held next to bruised and broken hearts, and now I keep these safely next to my own. 

Still more brave men and women had now slipped into a wordless place, and their daughters and sons became keepers of their stories, I the grateful audience and reverent witness.

On this Veteran’s Day and on all days, I join the nation in humble gratitude and awe for the dedication and service of the members of our Armed Forces, past and present.

Thank you.

Depression Conference Date Correction!

PLEASE NOTE: The date for the Depression Conference in Ithaca, NY was incorrect in the previous posting.  We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

The conference is being held on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010.

Please contact the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County at 607-273-9250 to register.

Hope to see you there!

(Em)Brace Yourself! Aging and Retirement in the 21st Century

Are you thinking about retiring? Planning ahead for your biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs might help you prepare for retirement, but aren’t we really talking about more than one stage of life?

Join Lisa for a free workshop at the 17th annual Depression Conference in Ithaca New York on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010. The theme of this year’s conference is: Stories of Our Transitions – Recovery can be learning to tell a new story.

Learn the difference between a fifty-five year old retiree and a seventy-five year old, and how to plan for being ninety or one-hundred. We’ll learn about a sacred time of life called “Elderhood” and the special gifts Elders have to offer society.

This workshop will offer some intriguing insights and lively discussion about retirement and aging, and give you the tools you need to make a healthy and happy transition into your own future.

For more information about the conference and to register, please contact the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County at 607-273-9250.

Lisa Kendall is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical gerontologist with a private practice in Ithaca, NY. She is also an Eden at Home Educator, and her blog, “Reflections from the Crossroads,” covers aging and Elder care issues as well as self care for any member of the care partner team.

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