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Elizabeth Bugental
Elders Academy Press (January 1, 2005)
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AgeSong gives us a pleasurable nudge and a little inspiration to take charge of our aging

AgeSong gives us a pleasurable nudge and a little inspiration to take charge of our aging.

by Elizabeth Bugental. Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13: 9780975874448.

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James Frederick Thomas Bugental (December 25, 1915 – September 17, 2008) was one of the predominant theorists and advocates of the ic Therapy movement. from Ohio State University, was named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 1955, and was the first recipient of the APA's Division of Humanistic Psychology's Rollo May Award.

Elizabeth Bugental has written: 'Agesong' - subject(s): Aging, Older people, Poetry. When was James Bugental born? James Bugental was born on 1915-12-25. When did James Bugental die? James Bugental died on 2008-09-17

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In Caregiving from the Heart: Tales of Inspiration, Roberta Cole and Riki Intner take readers on what can be a life-altering odyssey of connection and caring.At a time in our history when our population is living longer and longer, caregiving has become a national health issue as well as one of the greatest human challenges of our time. How do we respect, honor and attend to the needs of our elders? As well, how do we respect, honor and attend the needs of those facing life threatening health issues earlier in life.How do we reconcile the seemingly huge gap between our own needs and theirs? And most of all, how do we create and sustain a dialogue that is meaningful for both? Woven throughout Caregiving from the Heart: Tales of inspiration are the threads of true experience. We hear from children, friends, relatives and partners, long distance caregivers and many recipients of care. The shared stories help us to navigate the maze of emotion that can be at once tearful and ebullient, gut wrenching and heartwarming. The stories cover moments large and small and often address elder issues of pressing concern - from painful role reversal, driving, safety and depression to loss of mobility and even to last chance romance.We learn that there is no right way to care and that caregiving opens windows on the full range of possibility available to us when we participate in one of the most profound adventures of our lives. The stories speak of agony and surprise - of joy and despair - but most of all - of discovery. Caregiving from the Heart: Tales of inspiration is like having a support group in your own home. Keep it on your nightstand and use it whenever you have the need.
  • Arcanefist
A sweet book to read and re-read. Aging isn't easy and the poems and writings in the book capture much of what we think but do not articulate.Thankfully the author has done it for us.
  • Munigrinn
Meditations for Our Later Years

Both books AgeSong and Love Fills In The Blanks: Paradoxes of Our Final Years, were published by Elders Acadamey Press, The Elders' Academy Press consists of a few people including Dr. Bugental who seek to help change perceptions of the elderly and aging and develop a vision of contemporary Elder. The Press also seeks to encourage peoples to approach the process of aging with consciousness and to direct their thoughts forward to possibilities ahead.
In December's column I introduced you to Dr. Elizabeth Bugental, a group of people she works with, her book Love Fills In The Blanks: Paradoxes of Our Final Years, which has arisen from that work together ([...]

Tell me about the support group you're starting.
The idea is to build a network of peers, going through the same things. I've been having a wonderful time meeting new people my age because, when you start talking about the real things, the internal things, it's as if you know each other. One of the problems is that people get isolated at this age. Maybe they move to be near a son or daughter, but the son or daughter has a very busy life and they end up spending a lot of time alone--through nobody's fault, it's just the way it works. Or they lose a spouse and during the grieving process they withdraw. It's very easy to withdraw when you're feeling sad all the time. Or they have a physical disability which makes it harder to get around, and pretty soon it seems like it's not worth the effort.

We discovered that experience can bring with it the ability to hold "both / and" in tension; paradoxes (e.g. We Must Look for Answers Everywhere All the Time / There are No Answers Outside Ourselves; Fear Increases with Loss / Living with Loss Lessens Fear...). We've seen that people who have reflected on enough life are marked by a kind of sober joy, or what St. John of the Cross called "a luminous darkness."

Many of us who address issues of quality aging and believe in lifelong growth have been influenced by the work of Jungian therapist, James Hillman. Hugh Downs, now age 90, shared the following comment in response to the recent death of pychologist James Hillman, in reflecting upon risk, vulnerability and age:
"If one focuses on achieving some sort of risk free existence and reaches any degree of success, the result is a terrific loss of quality living. Horizons will shrink, zest will fade, purpose can be eroded to the point that the question will arise whether life is worth living. In a long and loving relationship the risk (which increases yearly) builds formidable vulnerability, but that is the price, and it's a bargain."
The poetry of AgeSong: Meditations for Our Later Years; became the starting point for a group of people to get together. A quiet questioning of "where does the rubber meet the road?" and a place of support and encouragement of the inner life. While the inner life is personal there are more and more of us traveling this pilgrimage into later life.
1 How did I get to be this old?
2 Saying the Nevers
3 Creating an Old Age
4. What's Different Now
5 Who Am I (Again)?
6 About Looking Back
7 What's Now, What's Ahead
8 Begin with Beauty
9 What of Truth?
10 But We Can Wonder
11 How About Goodness?
12 Beauty, Truth, Goodness, Wonder, Connection, Courage

Old was never. Faded gray like fog.
Somebody else walking too slowly, blocking the path.
Brush past.
Look away quickly.
Forget quickly, look ahead.
Misshapen toes in old slippers aren't fun.

Coming closer now. Can't say it looks much better
from the outside. Like our young adult children heading
for foreign countries, trying to imagine their new lives,
we're dealing with millions of unknowns.

That's strange.
What did we think these later years would be like?
Or did we think at all about life
after an ever-lengthening middle age?...
  • Xinetan
A beautifully written gut-level view of aging. I'm proud to have known the lady in earlier years. I'm pleased she hasn't lost her beauty or her bite.

L. Southern