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What If EVERYTHING You Have Been Told About Aging Is Wrong
Dr. Bill Thomas and his “Non-Fiction Theatre” ChangingAging Tour presents strong cases to support new ideals and how to live out the elder time period of our lives. The below is a promotional article written by Mike Bolinder and was published in the Triangle Retirement Resource Guide Magazine Fall edition. The tour was scheduled to come to the Triangle last fall but has been postponed momentarily. Keep a look out for more as the 2018 East Coast Tour gets scheduled. ChangingAging.org/tour/
Imagine holding a show ticket, not quite sure what to expect. You walk into a once-familiar room that now looks nothing like the theater, town hall, cafeteria or auditorium you’re used to. Music plays in the background; a mixture of classics you recognize and a few you’d love to know. As you settle in and other audience members grab their seats, a middle-aged man in a black hat walks onto the stage wearing a black t-shirt with the word ‘Love’ boldly emblazoned across his chest. His jeans and a pair of earthy clogs look somewhat out of place for a live theater show. "Am I in the right place?" you wonder.
The man's voice booms to you. “Hello, I’m sure this probably isn’t what you were expecting.”
Welcome to the Changing Aging tour, where we infuse insight and depth with music and play in a format called Non-fiction Theater. The ChangingAging tour is a live-stage celebration of aging, featuring Dr. Bill Thomas, world renowned for his radical innovations and thought leadership in elder care, and his team; Dr. Jennifer Carson, Samite Mulondo, Nate Silas Richardson, Kyrie Carpenter and Namarah McCall.
The tour explores the possibility of accepting and maintaining life within healthy community living until death. The cast is intentionally intergenerational and diverse; exactly reflective of the culture we hope to inspire, one that no longer segregates elders from the rest of society.
The tour features two distinct performances and an interactive lobby experience before and after the shows. You will learn what it means to engage with elders living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and how they’d like for you to understand what we all search for. You will feel how the journey of life has caused you to be molded by experience and transition, and you will see how we have chosen to believe what is the best way to continue in life’s most dangerous game.
The ChangingAging Tour likes to tell you the truth, and we share those truths in stories - some are personal, others we’ve gotten permission to share. Those stories have made us laugh, they have made us cry and they have made us want to grow. We hope this happens for you and every city we touch. More information about the tour, tickets, dates, location can be found at ChangingAging.org/tour/
Namarah A. McCall is a Philadelphia-born singer-songwriter and creative consultant exploring the connections of social exchange through performance art, as well as a cast member of the Changing Aging tour.
A native to eastern North Carolina, I moved to the Triangle to attend UNC Chapel Hill in 1979 and loved it so such I never left. I immediately realized the Triangle Area to be truly one of THE BEST pl....