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Garrett commented on Leaving a Legacy

Hi Michael, looking through these posts and comments, I think there's definitely a shared sense that death is a lifelong journey--something that has to be actively nurtured along the adventure we call life. I wonder how we can influence our educational infrastructure--both in-school curriculum, a culture we promote in the home, in our media landscape--to develop these four pillars of legacy. Central to the four pillars, I think, is a capacity to transmit and receive stories, the ability to distill a great number of insights into something memorable--a balanced but dynamic interplay among the arts, science, tech, engineering, maths. (STEAM education!). 

Hi Lauren, yes! This is also captured in HBO's Alzheimer's Project, and it also made me think of  a poetry project documented by PBS Newshour, which looked at how engaging dementia patients with poetry can help relish the present. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/poetry/poetry-project-helps-dementia-patients-live-in-the-moment/ 

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Garrett commented on The Unconditional Love of Companion Animals

Hi Liz, I too share this question. I wonder what kind of data out there supports both of our observations that therapy animals bring tremendous joy and comfort to patients. My sense also is that the elderly in particular often suffer from loneliness and boredom, so I wonder how we could ramp up visits from animals, whose guardians often work during the day.