Earlier this month, the Shoreline Eldercare Alliance (SEA) gave a presentation on loss and change at Peregrine’s Landing in Clinton, Connecticut. The evening featured excellent speakers and an attentive audience.
The emphasis on “change” was an especially helpful one. It is easy to think of aging as simply decline and inevitably negative. This perspective reinforces our tendency to try to try to deny aging and to fight it — in ourselves and others.
Yet to see aging as a normal change as we go through life makes it easier to discuss, to plan for, and to adapt to. Elder mediators can help with conversations about “change” and how it affects us and our loved ones.