The NY Times has published a nice photojournal of the many living options for elders in our community (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/08/24/health/20100824_noa.html?th&emc=th). Six different video vignettes show a spectrum of living from total independence to total dependence. They are entirely accurate, well-filmed first-person narratives.
So what’s wrong with these pictures? Watch them and tell me.
Here’s a clue: think about the one-dimensional line between total independence and total dependence and what it does to people. Then think about the possibility of “aging in community”, as opposed to “aging in place”. Then read Bill Thomas’ (http://www.changingaging.org) and Emi Kiyota’s (http://ibashoblog.wordpress.com) blogs on the subject.