Detroit Seniors Participate in ‘Stories of Successful Aging after 60’


Residents of the PVM Village of Brush Park in Detroit held a luncheon on Tuesday, April 22, to celebrate the completion of their writing workshop, “Stories of Successful Aging after 60”.Becoming Dead Right

The workshop, facilitated by writer Frances Shani Parker and a partnership between Poets & Writer, Inc. and Brush Park Manor, encouraged the senior writers to explore what really mattered in their lives now and how they could inspire other people’s aging journeys. The 16 residents who participated in the workshop read aloud their own stories representing their personal truths that evolved through focused introspection and sharing. Service coordinator Harold Massingille then read a card of appreciation from seniors who participated in the workshop.

Frances Shani Parker, author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes (Loving Healing Press, 2007), is a former school principal and member of the board of Wayne State University’s Institute of Gerontology in Detroit. As a hospice volunteer, she has worked with seniors and supports advance end-of-life planning. She recently said on RTS blog, ““I can’t emphasize enough to people about the trouble you’re going to spare the people you leave behind.”

See photos of Brush Park Manor Writing Workshop Luncheon on Detroit Free Press.