Another review of The Age of Dignity in In These Times

My favorite bit: We need to think bigger. Poo envisions a network she calls the “Care Grid,” a metaphor drawn from transformative infrastructure projects like the interstate highway system. The grid would unite “public, private and non-profit resources” to build “a comprehensive coordinated system in which elders can age with dignity and their caregivers, both […]

Excerpt from The Age of Dignity

My father’s father, Liang Shao Pu, lived to the age of 93. A lifelong student and then teacher of tai chi and a diehard Wheel of Fortune fan, he had a slow, deep‑throated laugh that never failed to infect my sister and me, sending us into spasms of giggles. After moving from Taiwan to the […]

Genius is Recognized

Ai-jen Poo, author of a forthcoming book with the Book Doula called The Age of Dignity, just received a hugely-deserved huge honor: one of 2014’s “Genius” awards from the MacArthur Foundation. “It’s true that ‘It takes a village’ to raise a child, but it’s also true that it takes a village to take care of […]

Paying People for Being Alive

From SWITZERLAND’S PROPOSAL TO PAY PEOPLE FOR BEING ALIVE by Annie Lowrey, Nov. 12, 2013 … certain wonks on the libertarian right and liberal left have come to a strange convergence around the idea — some prefer an unconditional “basic” income that would go out to everyone, no strings attached; others a means-tested “minimum” income […]