A week or so ago, I posted a story about Dr. Bill Thomas's campaign to appear on Oprah Winfrey's television program. Today, I have more for you.
Understand that I am a fan, a BIG fan of Dr. Bill Thomas. I cannot name another person who has done more and continues, non-stop, to do more for elders that has borne as much fruit as this smart, kind, caring, good man.
He didn't start out to be a geriatrician or an activist improving the lives of elders. Circumstances conspired to bring him to this calling. I'll let him tell you about how it happened in this video [15:23]:
Toward the end of that video you just watched, Dr. Thomas explains the philosophy of the Eden Alternative which he created with his wife. Out of it grew the idea for the Green House Project, a new kind of living place for elders that is beginning to make old-style, institutional nursing homes obsolete, and dramatically improving the lives of the elders who live in these homes.
Today, there are Green Houses in all 50 states and in ten or more countries around the world. Here is video about the first Green House in Tupelo, Mississippi [7:34 minutes].
If the day comes when I can no longer manage life on my own, I will do everything in my power to join a Green House. Take a look at this one in Tioga, New York [6:53 minutes]:
In his previous “Hello Oprah” video, Dr. Thomas asked you to contact Oprah to request his appearance on her show. In Part 2, he is asking you to do more. Here is his challenge for you [2:54 minutes]:
If you can make a video, please, please do so. It doesn't need to be long – a minute or two will do. Tell people – and Oprah – a personal story about getting old, then post it to YouTube.
If you can't make a video because you don't have the equipment or can't figure out how to do it, a written story – a personal one about your own aging – will also help. If you don't have a blog, post your story in the comments here – length doesn't matter. If you make a video or post to your own blog, let me know and I'll pass on the URLs from YouTube and your blogs to Dr. Thomas.
Every one of us can do our part to help convince Oprah that there is more to old age than anti-aging which she has spent years promoting. She is 55 years old now and it's time for her to use the phenomenal media power she has promote the richness of old age.
There are more videos by Dr. Thomas and about the Eden Alternative here.
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