1st draft of a presentation proposal at this April’s Masterpiece Lyceum – Making Chronological Age Irrelevant:
Postcard from the Trenches ~ All I expected from July’s International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics 21st quadrennial World Congress was to be a fascinated fly on the wall, soaking up creativity at the IAGG’s first-ever Age Stage, being mentally challenged by presentations from some of the greatest minds in aging & eldercare.
I did not expect names that I respect & honor would come to feel the same about me, did not expect specialists & researchers to seek me out between sessions for my perspective on eldercare as experienced “in the trenches” – as one who stumbled into an eldercare calling through family, loved ones, friends. IAGG members were hungry for information on how people like me approach care, the creative ways we keep loved ones engaged, how we handle – or feel overwhelmed by – it all.
Most of those voices are silent, just doing their best to keep their heads above water. How do we share the creative approaches & innovative solutions developed by folks on the front line?
This presentation looks at that challenge, offers ways to give a voice & a presence to the silent & invisible, and open the floor for discussion & suggestions on how to get those postcards from the trenches rolling in.