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Ageism in Healthcare

We should consider it a blessing if we are able to grow old before we die. There is no shame in being old and continuing to live on this earth and to share the resources, richness, and rights of a living being in our communities. Neglecting our elder population and putting them away out of sight will not stop us from getting old or dying any more than talking about aging and death will cause them. If we can begin to address our fear of death, the terror of or mortality, we can come to love our lives, ourselves, our bodies and everyone else’s, too.

Decade of Healthy Aging

Yesterday, I talked about all the reasons we need to be concerned about our rapidly aging population. Today, I’ll explain how the United Nations is asking all of us in the public and private sectors to come together to create better living conditions for our aging society this decade. The hard truth is that unlessContinue reading “Decade of Healthy Aging”

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About Me

T. Michelle Churchman, MIS, is owner and practitioner at Shoji Bridge Departure Doula. She has a bachelor of arts in communication and a masters in interdisciplinary studies. She has decades of healthcare support experience where she gained valuable insight and experience in listening and in addressing patient fears and uncertainty. A cancer diagnosis when she was young helped Michelle develop a healthy view of death and dying, and attending her mother’s death led to her current passion for supporting people who are dying, for educating and advocating for death preparedness and death positivity. Michelle is a certified Doulagivers Specialist; a care consultant, elder care doula and end of life doula. She is a member of the National End of Life Doula Alliance and a hospice volunteer.

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