Martha McClellan

Position: Patient Parenting

Email: mmm@bresnan.net

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

Grief: An uncertain process we all experience

Many of us are attending more funerals and memorial services these days. I have been greatly saddened by the loss of two friends this past fall. The services were good places to remember, honor,...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Choosing death brings up many questions

Perhaps you read Dr. Zeke Emanuel’s article in The Atlantic: “Why I Hope to Die at 75.” His deliberately provocative piece makes a powerful point in criticizing our “manic desperation to endlessly...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2014 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Book is guide to embracing, savoring your next chapter

I was honored to be asked to write the review for the book, Conscious Living, Conscious Aging, as Ron Pevny is one of the foremost leaders in the movement as to how to age well. A local Durangoan,...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Knowing the developmental stages of aging can help

I have always been interested in the developmental stages of life, especially those of children. Now, I’m seeing that aging adults also have different periods of change and growth we go through in...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2014 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

‘Seniors,’ ‘Elders’: What shall we call our aging selves?

Older adults are referred to in many ways. We are said to be “retired,” which is a very broad category and not necessarily correct, as many people of all ages can be retired or not working. It...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2014 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

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