Articles on "Age Discrimination"

Some thoughts on Age Segregation
April 26, 2011 10:10 am

Some thoughts on Age Segregation

I just stumbled on a letter to the editor in the Kansas City Star titled Fewer ‘geezer-ville’ communities needed. Debra Conova writes “Younger people should be around older people and older people around younger people.” Since I have been writing and talking about this frequently, I feel that Debra captures the thoughts of the majority of the public.  It’s not to say that those moving to age segregated housing are not happy with their move. However, most people I talk […]

When are you REALLY going to move to a retirement community?
March 9, 2011 4:25 pm

When are you REALLY going to move to a retirement community?

This was one of the questions I received last week when I was the featured guest on the Weekly GrandCare Aging/Technology Webinar.  Click here to access the webinar (please note you can let your computer buffer and fast forward to 12 minutes where my presentation begins) My response was that I hope that by the time I might “need” to move to a senior living setting that they don’t exist as we know them today.  I could (and should) begin […]

More (young) people getting kicked out of retirement communities!
January 3, 2011 5:57 pm

More (young) people getting kicked out of retirement communities!

A couple of years ago I wrote about Kimberly Broffman the 6 year old living with her grandparents in a retirement community who was being evicted due to age restrictions. Well, a similar story caught my radar this week! This time the root of the “problem” is the grandchildren of Ed and Barbara Bohannon and the location is a community outside Hilton Head, SC. You can read the article here After you read this article can you honestly say that […]

Beautiful Video Showcases Korean High School Students and Alzheimer’s Care
November 29, 2010 9:23 pm

Beautiful Video Showcases Korean High School Students and Alzheimer’s Care

I hope there are programs like this in North America, if not we need to get them going! The New York Times article and video share how South Korea is training thousands of people, including children, as “dementia supporters,” to recognize symptoms and care for patients. Its great to see these high school students taking this responsibility seriously. Thanks to Pat Williams for sharing this great link. Click here for article Click here for video

This is my kind of “Makeover Photography” – Super Grandma!
November 22, 2010 4:24 pm

This is my kind of “Makeover Photography” – Super Grandma!

In shopping malls across America you can usually find a store called Glamour Shots. These stores specialize in “makeover photography”.  Using makeup and some photo editing, the goal is to capture a photo of someone looking their “best” for years to come.  While at the mall you will also be steps away from counters where you can also spend your hard-earned money on a variety of anti-aging potions, get your gray hair colored, and probably schedule some botox injections! My […]

November 16, 2010 9:11 am

GenSilent – Gay Elders Go Back to the Closet

One of the best things about writing a blog is once you put something out in cyberspace there are tons of people providing feedback and adding to resources. I was thrilled to learn about this documentary film titled GenSilent that focuses on the challenges that gay elders are facing in senior living settings. I am excited that our campus dialogue with Dorothy presents a easy to implement solution. Take a look at the trailer:     In addition, I found […]

Connecting a Gay Retirement Community Resident with College Students
November 15, 2010 10:02 pm

Connecting a Gay Retirement Community Resident with College Students

Last Friday I had the honor to be part of a dialogue between Dorothy Roseman, an 87 year old gay resident of a Retirement Community in Philadelphia, and five student leaders at University of Pennsylvania’s LGBT Center. The conversation was emotional at times and illustrated that a powerful opportunity exists for the generations to really help each other.  On the heels of recent press coverage about Tyler Clementi’s suicide and stories of gay elders returning to the “closet” when they […]

I want to live where there are “trick or treaters”
November 9, 2010 11:53 am

I want to live where there are “trick or treaters”

Several years ago I received a call from one of our readers. She and her husband had been to dozens of retirement communities and her comment to me was “I like all of these places, but at the end of the day I want to live in a neighborhood with trick or treaters”.  They ended up building a new home in their existing neighborhood that embraced Universal Design concepts, click here to read the article. Seeing the jack-o-lanterns on everyones […]

Moving into an Alzheimer’s Care Center before I “need” to
October 29, 2010 5:15 pm

Moving into an Alzheimer’s Care Center before I “need” to

It’s been nearly 10 months since I have done an immersion project; it really felt to put myself in a situation to feel what its like to be a resident into Arden Courts which is an Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Center last Tuesday. This is the fifth time I have attempted to put myself in resident’s shoes, as in the others I was not pretending to have any disabilities.  My goal is to experience this environment as a healthy 45 […]

Moving My Healthy Husband into Alzheimer’s Care
October 25, 2010 12:41 pm

Moving My Healthy Husband into Alzheimer’s Care

Guest Post from Bonnie Gurney A few weeks ago Steve came home and said that his next retirement immersion project was going to be in an Alzheimer’s center and that I would probably be part of the “moving in process” this time.  I was excited to see what my part of the project would be like. I learned that I was to attend a meeting on Monday afternoon to fill out paper work. If he really was moving to this center he would […]