AGING On Being
Jane Gross created The New Old Age blog at The New York Times after she accompanied her mother through unfamiliar territory in life: the way we live longer now, and, conversely, die more slowly. She tells us that we not only have to care for our parents — but for ourselves.
Krista Tippet, NPR, interviews Gross and listens to how different the experience of aging is from child to adult to caregiver to aged parent. She provides good insight and good tips for personal growth and care giving.
Raised in Huntsville, Texas. Cloistered in the segregated south. Recieved undergraduate degree in Music Education; Graduate degree in Theology, Perkins School of Theology, SMU Dallas, Texas. Served churches in Texas and Colorado. Was a Minister of Education for many years, then adjunct professor at The Iliff School of Theology, then Director of Youth and Camping Ministry and Church Leadership Training for the Rocky Mountain Conference. Prior to retirement was pastor of the Fruita United Methodist Church in Fruita, Colorado (west of Grand Junction). Now retired and living in Grand Junction where I drive a Grand Valley Transit Bus and play.
Passions are poetry, music, religious and spiritual study, hiking, photography and and 4 wheeling. I love western Colorado. The varigated landscape of Mountains and Canyons, streams and rivers calls to something deep in my soul.
I am passionate about religion without being religious. I live on the border of doctrinal faith, seeking the connecting spiritual links between all persons..
July 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm
A great interview! Poses questions for me. How do I remember old age in others as a child? Now at 67 and caring for an older person, how do I experience it?
One of the most helpful comments in the interview aside from corraberation, was that Jane Grose speaks about a tendency to rush things as though life can return to normal before they make the transition. She recalled how her mother chose Tuesday, September 11, 2001 to enter a new stage of dependency right when Jane desperately needed to be at work. She says that life never returned to NORMAL until her mother died.
Children are interested in getting things done and making decisions, while aging parents are intrested in relationship. Old can be a time for repairing family relationships if we take the time.