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The Slow Death of Dementia

Terry Newell | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Terry Newell

I lost my mother about eight months ago, but she will be 99 in early February. This is the result of dementia. The woman she was is gone. The mother I knew can be reached neither by her conscious awareness nor by all my wishing that I could penetrate her darkening mind.

America's Bad Karma: Homophobia And Racism

Brian Stone | Posted 02.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

Even if gay marriage were legalized, discrimination outlawed and all the freedoms of one enjoyed by all, our problems would linger. To truly win, we must win the right way. We need to set a good example for gay youth, and we need to display the dignity our enemies deny us.

World Toilet Day November 19th

Gary White | Posted 11.15.2012 | Impact
Gary White

How much do you know about the water and sanitation crisis? Take a short quiz with Matt Damon, co-founder of, to find out.

Elizabeth Warren Would Be the Conscience of the United States Senate

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

I have seen many Senators come and go and I have no doubt that if elected Elizabeth Warren would be the conscience of the Senate. Because she speaks for the best in you -- and me -- and Massachusetts -- and America.

Synergy for Senior Care: Improving Partnerships Between Medical Services and Community-Based Care

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 12.24.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

Care coordination and transitions are critical to providing services that should be offered at the right time by the right provider and in the right place. For people whose lives are on the line, this pathway can and should be as smooth as possible.

California's Pressing Need For Long-Term Care System Transformation

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 11.27.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

It's been said that as goes California, so goes the nation. Right now, Californians are not prepared to grow old.

Learning to Love Hospice

Stu Kreisman | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Stu Kreisman

As I go through this experience, I'm suddenly aware that the word "hospice" is all around us. A lot of people have been through the experience and like me, they have nothing but enthusiastic gratitude for the service and the people.

Donate Dignity

Thea Montanez | Posted 10.14.2012 | Impact
Thea Montanez

In the end, allowing the person on the receiving end of your helping hand to keep their dignity doesn't cost a thing, except maybe for your ego.

Some Big, Civilization-Shaping Ideas From Religion

Robert Fuller | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Religious models such as monotheism, the golden rule and universal dignity are pillars of human civilization. Like science models, their strength is due to the truth they embody, and not dependent upon the zeal of "true believers."

The Secret To Science's Success

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Modeling has made humans what we are and our success as a species depends on learning to use them wisely.

Two Notions Of Truth: My Sunday School Vs. My Public School

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.31.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

The truth is not necessarily what some authority says it is, but rather what can be proven. But, if so, where did that leave the truths taught in my Sunday School?

Moving Ahead on Health Care Transformation

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 08.28.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

Upholding the ACA has several positive effects, two in particular for older Americans and their families.

Rankism: The Poison that Destroys Relationships

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.12.2012 | Home
Robert Fuller

Opportunistic predation has reached its sell-by date. An important part of a strong defense is not giving offense in the first place. Going forward, the only thing as important as how we treat the Earth is how we treat each other.

10 Conversations to Plan for Aging with Dignity and Independence

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 07.10.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

Aging with dignity and independence is the ability to live life to its fullest in the place you call home regardless of age, illness or disability. Wh...

Building a Social Movement to Improve Long-Term Care in California

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 06.25.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

Messaging about growing older and creating a world that honors an aging America needs to be succinct and clear, not laden with insider language oriented to policy wonks.

Simon Shaheen Performs Tribute To Arab Spring

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 04.09.2012 | Arts

Simon Shaheen is a Palestinian composer and musician who has done more for bringing Arab music to the West than perhaps any other individual in recent...

"Homeless Hotspot" -- Right Meets Wrong at 4G Speed

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.23.2012 | Technology
Tiziana Dearing

We should set the bar even higher for avoiding dehumanizing experiences for our neighbors in poverty. Life is doing it enough as it is.

Aging With Dignity and Independence: The Who, What, Why, and How

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 04.25.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

Seventy percent of people over 65 will need some form of daily assistance. Yet in an aging America, just when these services will be needed by our loved ones the most, long-term services and supports is eroding due to budget constraints.

Please Reconsider the Term "Arab Spring"

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Maytha Alhassen

The irony of the Western invention of the "Arab Spring" is that regardless of citizenry remonstrations for "self-determination," we still continue to see the Arab region in our eyes and not through theirs.

A Plan to End Bullying and Make Schools Kinder and Gentler

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 03.19.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

A plan that would virtually end school bullying and make school discipline kinder, gentler and more meaningful is being proposed for schools throughout the country.

Out in the Cold, On the Inside

Carol Smaldino | Posted 02.17.2012 | Parents
Carol Smaldino

We are teaching our kids tolerance, fairness and kindness but I'm afraid, too little about the dignity about being different or just being.

A Formal Call for a Politics of Dignity

Charlotte Hill | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

While others have celebrated freedom, we have celebrated money. While others, living under dictatorship, have celebrated choice, we have celebrated celebrity.

Global Dignity and You

John Hope Bryant | Posted 12.31.2011 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

Imagine what the world be like -- what would have happened in the global economic crisis, if everyone practiced one simple global golden rule -- digni...

Occupy Wall Street and the Promise of Dignity

Charlotte Hill | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Occupy Wall Street is not, in the literal sense of the word, an egalitarian movement. No, Occupy Wall Street is a dignitarian movement.

A Fast Car Following Rosa's Footsteps

Yashar Ali | Posted 07.26.2011 | World
Yashar Ali

Manal al-Sharif was arrested this weekend for driving around her neighborhood. She wasn't speeding, she didn't run a red light and she didn't break any laws. She was arrested for being a woman with the audacity to drive a car in Saudi Arabia.