About the Age of Being

About Barbara Matthews

 Barbara Matthews MBA is an eldercare advocate and gerontologist who has worked in senior care for 18 years. She frequently speaks on aging and is author of Old Age: The Paradox of Physical Decline and Spiritual Greatness. (Optional:) She is a student of world religions and founding member of her local Interfaith Council.

Aging is a Gift

Old age is a gift to help us see ourselves more clearly not only as a physical doing but also as a spiritual being. If we can value people for how they can be in addition to what they can do, then we can help relieve the suffering of old age and redeem our own futures. 

Would you like to know more? Or have Barbara do a presentation to educate and /or inform your staff, or your congregation?    Send an email request.

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Barbara is available for live educational presentations to care-home staffs, churches, congregations, hospitals, colleges and universities and bookstores. She also has a web series in the works. Call to check availability

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Barbara Matthews recently gave an outstanding presentation to which I had the opportunity of attending.  Based on years of healthcare experience and involvement with the problems facing geriatric patients, she has constructed a comprehensive lecture which is brilliantly presented.  Also included is
the relevance of spirituality and how it affects the health and wellbeing of our aging population.  Barbara's delivery is excellent with a clear and concise voice that everyone can hear.  She has written the book "Old Age: The Paradox of Physical Decline and Spiritual Greatness" which you will find
highly informative.  I recommend Barbara Matthews for your next presentation.  
Jack R. 

Some Facts about Aging

There will be 56 million Americans over age of 65 in 2020. 

80 million Americans over age of 65 in 2050 

You are most likely to be sick, disabled, and die in the U.S. than any other country in the major industrialized world  (Kaiser Foundation 2017)

No matter where you are in the U.S. you have roughly a 25 to 50 percent chance of being in a highly rated skilled nursing facility. 

46% of women over the age of 75 who live alone have a median income of $18,250. The average cost of a long-term-care semi-private room is $86,000 year.

The #1 complaint received by LTC Ombudsman is involuntary discharge.

The U.S. spends more money on healthcare than any other nation in the world,  yet it is ranked #37 on outcomes or quality by the World Health Organization.