We are faced with 2 choices in aging… the choice to become elderly, or to go one step further, to rise and blossom into a new level and form…the elder. – Elane Shirar, MD – Founder and Medical Director
We Promote Healing
Traditionally, the medical system has focused primarily on curing disease. Curing means “eliminating all evidence of illness” by using a wide range of external interventions. In our healing approach, we treat the “whole” person. This means that in addition to offering state of the art medical interventions appropriate to each patient, we embrace and honor all aspects of our patients – function, cognition, beliefs, emotions, spiritual and family relationships. At the end of day, we measure our success through the comfort and sense of ease of our patients and families even in the face of incurable illness.
We Honor the Wisdom of the Elders
While the physical transitions of aging may cause our patients to feel frightened, vulnerable and helpless, we honor and promote the “Elder” in our “Elderly” patients. Dr. Elane Shirar states that “the transition to from Elderly to Elder is …. a mind heart and soul transition, not a physical one.” We therefore actively support patient-family-facility relationships in viewing the elder as useful, wise, respected and admired. In our medical care, we are deeply respectful of the accumulated experience and knowledge of our patients, and nurture decision making that is coherent with their inner wisdom.
Please see our talks on these subjects at the Stahl Health Lecture Series in Boulder, Co, 12/2013:
Listen to additional talks from the presentation here: http://eatyourradio.org/2013/12/22/aging-a-heros-journey/