Martha McClellan

Position: Patient Parenting


Opening to the reality of death with grace, dignity

You get the diagnosis you didn’t want. The life expectancy is five years for only one in three people, and shorter for the others. Your life changes in an instant. What do you feel? What do you...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

The challenge and difficulty of being cared for

A recent health situation has put me into the possibility of having sinus surgery in Denver. I won’t know for a few weeks, but it has caused an upheaval that I thought I wouldn’t have to experience...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2016 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

We all need resilience during our aging years

Walking in the desert canyons and stream beds near Bluff, Utah, recently, I noticed ants rebuilding their colonies the very next morning after big rains. It had poured 2 inches in two days, lots...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Oliver Sacks’ rich intercourse with the world

Dr. Oliver Sacks has died. He was the professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, the author of many books, including Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

What our fears about death can teach us

Some of the fears about death recently shared in a group I attend that deals with aging, illness and death: To suffer alone; experience pain; be dependent on others; lose control, identity, mental...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Retreats help us to grow, change

It’s so refreshing to have little getaways that take us away from our daily lives. They give us a chance to change routines, enjoy a different environment and possibly have a more complete...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Sit back and daydream: Quiet time is good for you

Are you spending more time daydreaming? Perhaps a better word is pondering or reflecting. Part of my every morning is spent with some tea and quiet meditation. Then, in the late afternoon, I love...

DATE: July 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Don’t let fears diminish strengths of aging brain

The research and articles about the aging brain are daunting. There are so many focuses: memory with dementia and Alzheimer’s, emotional and physical changes, agility, learning, etc., and all of...

DATE: June 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Noticing subtle, shifting roles with our kids

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers! Some of us have kids who are adults now, and they have kids and we are grandmothers and grandfathers and even great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers. It’s...

DATE: May 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

No regrets: Working toward a peaceful ending

As we age, many of us are thinking back on our lives and trying to heal some of the issues that have hindered us. We are examining our pasts and asking, “What remains incomplete in my life?”...

DATE: April 11, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Where are you on the scale of vanity, aging?

I was so surprised when two friends told me recently they were having “work done” on their faces and bodies. One is having the equivalent of a face-lift and the other, breast reduction and...

DATE: March 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Well-being or survival: What do we want?

A friend lent me the book Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. It is on The New York Times best-seller list, Gawande has been on many talk shows recently, and there’s lots of buzz about this book. Not...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

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