Articles on "Age Discrimination"

Would You Attend a Funeral For Someone You Don’t Know?
October 25, 2010 9:19 am

Would You Attend a Funeral For Someone You Don’t Know?

Most people would not attend a funeral for someone they didnt know (or had a connection to). Just like most people wouldn’t experience what its like to live in a Senior Living Community before they “need” to. Next month author Gail Rubin will attend 30 funerals and memorial services in 30 days. She states, “This ’30 Day Challenge’ will show that we need not fear having end-of-life conversations. Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals […]

Getting a Closer Look at Alzheimer
October 18, 2010 10:20 pm

Getting a Closer Look at Alzheimer

Two months ago I participated in a Virtual Dementia Tour at Arden Courts Assisted Living. The brief experience provided me with an interesting new perspective on living with this challenging disease and other “age related” disabilities like arthritis and macular degeneration. Although I have visited many communities and spent time with individuals who have dementia I was eager to immerse myself in an environment that might enable me to better reflect on these challenges.  After completing the Virtual Dementia Tour […]

Getting a Closer Look at Alzheimer’s and Dementia
October 18, 2010 10:20 pm

Getting a Closer Look at Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Two months ago I participated in a Virtual Dementia Tour at Arden Courts Assisted Living. The brief experience provided me with an interesting new perspective on living with this challenging disease and other “age related” disabilities like arthritis and macular degeneration. Although I have visited many communities and spent time with individuals who have dementia I was eager to immerse myself in an environment that might enable me to better reflect on these challenges.  After completing the Virtual Dementia Tour […]

Do Senior Centers Compete With McDonalds?
October 18, 2010 9:40 pm

Do Senior Centers Compete With McDonalds?

A few years ago I worked on a strategic plan for a Senior Center.  The catalyst for this session was low participation in some of the programming that the center was offering. Although the senior center is a government run site, we approached the plan with the same framework that we have used for private businesses. The staff had never been through a process like this before, so they were a bit surprised when we asked about their competition.  Although […]

Canes or Walking Sticks?
September 23, 2010 10:10 am

Canes or Walking Sticks?

Bonnie Whyte, one of the extremely active volunteers with the Aging in Community efforts in Reston, VA recently returned from a trip to Switzerland.  She reported that EVERYONE seemed to be using two walking sticks (one in each hand) when hiking on walking around the villages regardless of their age.  It makes sense for safety, stability and lower stress on our joints and bodies. It eliminated the stigma of having a “cane”. I interview so many elders who seem to […]

Some thoughts on the
September 15, 2010 12:02 pm

Some thoughts on the

Several years ago the neighbors in the Beacon Hill neighborhood in Boston, MA came together to form Beacon Hill Village an organization that would help them remain in their homes for as long as possible.  This unique grassroots approach grabbed headlines and presented a solution for “Aging in Place” that I had not seen in my career. In addition to including articles in Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook about this new approach I became interested in helping the elders in […]

Some thoughts on the “Village Concept” to help us age in place
September 15, 2010 12:02 pm

Some thoughts on the “Village Concept” to help us age in place

Several years ago the neighbors in the Beacon Hill neighborhood in Boston, MA came together to form Beacon Hill Village an organization that would help them remain in their homes for as long as possible.  This unique grassroots approach grabbed headlines and presented a solution for “Aging in Place” that I had not seen in my career. In addition to including articles in Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook about this new approach I became interested in helping the elders in […]

Elder Orphans
August 31, 2010 10:59 pm

Elder Orphans

I had never heard of the term “Elder Orphans” until recently. There are about 10 million seniors in the U.S. who live alone. Most still have family members, but about 15 percent of seniors who need care have no family support. Even if that percentage remains constant, the sheer number of elder orphans will grow thanks to the massive changes in our population. Yesterday I heard an interesting program on NPR related to adoption. Scott Simon recounted the challenges of […]

Pretending that I have Dementia
August 2, 2010 10:47 pm

Pretending that I have Dementia

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Dementia Tour at Arden Courts Alzheimer’s Assisted Living in Annandale, VA.  The tour is a program created by Second Wind Dreams and administered by three Arden Courts staff members. I was joined by my colleague Marlene Zaborsky and a staff member at Arden Courts for the tour.  After a brief consultation, we moved into the community where we were “outfitted” for the tour. As you can see from my […]

Some thoughts on medication reminders and other technology
July 26, 2010 4:49 pm

Some thoughts on medication reminders and other technology

Today I had a great conversation with Barbara Sullivan, who was on the leadership team at Paul Spring, the first community I “moved” into.  Barbara has just launched a new business, Silver Age, LLC. Barbara and I were talking about some of the innovations getting headlines lately such as the MedCottage , Paro the robotic seal  and the variety of technology devices that provide medication reminders . I joked that my wife has been reminding me to take out the […]