I Want to Live

There is something in the air to tell us summer is near. This is the time of the year when people want to live– to laugh, to love, and to laugh some more.

Some will live, others will not. Sometimes we think someone’s time is up. The next day he bounces back again…

Time after time, never failing to inspire.

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He asked me for some fairy dust, because I was the one with Pixie hair. This was the closest to a magic wand I could find–

I told him it’d be a perfect gift to his wife. The both laughed.

Perhaps he will live through another summer, through another anniversary.

Who knows?

 

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About C

If you consider volunteering at a luncheon for older adults as my first exposure to the field, I have been in geropsychology for at least twenty years. As family, friend, volunteer, trainee, and professional, I have found myself in adult day care centers, senior centers, senior living facilities, nursing homes, medical and psychiatric wards, hospice, and personal homes of older adults. Wherever I go, be it an orphanage, a museum, a prison, an airport, or a random corner in the neighborhood, issues related to aging and mental health often come to mind. I used to think that I could make a difference only if I became a top-notch researcher, educator, or clinician. As I continue to follow this meandering path, it dawns on me that as a nobody in the field, I can still add my light to the sum of light by sharing what I know. Over the years, I have "converted" a few very dedicated individuals to focus on aging-related work within their respective disciplines and encouraged a handful more to stay in this field despite its winding course. I believe by bringing aging and mental health issues to the foreground, we will amass a stronger force to promote advocacy, research, and quality care.
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