Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Advice for Future Corpses: Book Review

Published 12 June 2018. 
Because I teach a university class on death, dying and bereavement, I read about a half dozen books on the topic annually.

Usually, the books take one of two approaches:

The author describes the physical, legal, and economic aspects of dying.

Or

The author describes the social, emotional, and metaphysical aspects of dying.

Tisdale does both in her book Advice for Future Corpses: A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying.

Tisdale worked for years as a nurse, but she writes like someone who is trained in the humanities. She quotes Greek philosophers, European poets, and Buddhist monks in order to create spaces for her readers to meditate about the meaning of death and dying.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Gero Screagle Pride

USI defeated West Texas A&M 94-84.
I was one of 7,330 fans at the Ford Center.
When my husband took a job in Evansville, I wasn't sure what opportunities I would have to work as a gerontologist.

I didn't need to worry.

A few weeks later, the director of the gerontology program, Dr. Katie Ehlman, hired me.

She had been using my post about elder speak to teach her students about the power of language to affect attitudes.

I started teaching in the Fall of 2016 and helping with MAIA: Mid-American Institution on Aging and Wellness.

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Here is a list of the USI courses that I teach.