055 Bill Thomas on Ageism and Innovations to Improve Aging

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In This Episode:

Dr. K talks with geriatrician Bill Thomas, MD, founder of ChangingAging.org, the Eden Alternative, and the Green House Project. They discuss his recent efforts to counter ageism and his latest housing-related projects, including:

  • What is ageism and why is it so pervasive
  • The stories we tell ourselves about aging (including our own aging) and youth
  • Thinking about lifespan in terms of childhood, adulthood, and elderhood
  • Why it’s a problem for older adults to cling to “adulthood” as part of their identities
  • The words we use and why we might embrace the term “elder”
  • How having “too much house” is risky in aging, and how a Minka house might help
  • How Bill Thomas is planning for his own aging
  • His plan to pilot a Multi-Ability, multiGenerational, Inclusive, Community (“MAGIC”) in 2018

Related episode:

035 Interview: Aging in the Right Place

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