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The Greatest Invention in Human History is Aging

April 13, 2016

The Greatest Invention in Human History is Aging - Dr. Bill Thomas

Aired Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 4:00 PM ET

In 1991, Dr. Thomas went from being an emergency room physician to the medical director of a nursing home in upstate New York. “The place was depressing, with old people parked in wheelchairs like frogs on a log, bored with nothing to do, just waiting for death to finally reach them. It was horrible,” Dr. Thomas recalls.So he did the unthinkable.

He persuaded the facility and staff to get two dogs, four cats, several hens and rabbits, and 100 parakeets, along with hundreds of plants, a vegetable and flower garden, and a day-care site for staffers’ kids. At the time, there were laws prohibiting animals in nursing homes. They went ahead anyway.

Listen to the rest of Dr. Thomas’ story and find out how we can change our misconceptions about aging, being older and why we don’t need to fear our “elderhood.”

About the Guest Dr. Bill Thomas

Dr. Bill Thomas is an internationally recognized expert on aging. He is an Ashoka Fellow and winner of the Heinz Award for the Human Condition. He co-created The Eden Alternative, an international nonprofit, and The Green House Project, both models to revolutionize nursing home care. In addition to teaching, speaking, and consulting internationally, he is currently a Senior Fellow of AARP’s Life Reimagined Institute. A graduate of the State University of New York and Harvard Medical School, he lives in Ithaca, New York with his family.

About Lisa K.

Lisa K., PhD, is a teacher, author and speaker specializing in intuition. Founder of Developing Your Intuition, Lisa teaches people how to connect to their inner divine guidance. Considered intuition expert, Lisa has taught hundreds of people intuition and psychic development in workshops and seminars. Her public appearances reach people around the world through guest speaking, online media and her popular radio show, “Between Heaven and Earth” on every day spirituality. Learn more about Lisa K. and receive a free Intuition eBook at:

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