Articles on "Everyone is Aging"

May 22, 2011 7:36 pm

Study Reveals That Drivers Skills Decline With Age

A new study conducted in Australia suggests that suggests that driving performance declines with normal aging and more mistakes crop up, putting the elderly at risk of automobile crashes. During the 12-mile road test, a professional instructor with access to a brake rode in the car. An occupational therapist sat in the back seat and scored the drivers for skills such as using signals and mirrors, checking the “blind spot” and problems that included veering, tailgating, inappropriate braking and accelerating. […]

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 […]

I tripped over a couple of Aging in Place solutions today!
February 14, 2011 9:23 am

I tripped over a couple of Aging in Place solutions today!

My colleague Marlene Zaborsky was telling me about how her neighborhood in Olney, Maryland coordinates the job of snow shoveling in advance of the winter snow amongst their neighbors. In addition, they also coordinate neighbors willing to take other neighbors in their homes in the summer if someone’s air conditioning goes out. She really opened my eyes to how these are two key elements that can compromise someone’s desire to “age in place”.  Last winter we had a huge storm […]

A Great Opportunity Connect Old and Young
January 24, 2011 5:41 pm

A Great Opportunity Connect Old and Young

I want to share a wonderful story and hopefully inspire you to think about making connections that span the ages and abilities. I recently visited my friends Kathy and Tim Websters home and commented on some beautiful contemporary art in their family room.  The Websters have  four children and the art definitely looked a cut above childrens art.  Kathy was an art major, so I guessed that it was her creation. It turns out that the entire family created the […]

December 6, 2010 3:14 pm

We need to “reinvent” our neighborhoods

I have been pretty focused on ways we can make our neighborhoods better for all ages.  I personally feel this starts with a fundamental shift in the way we value independence in our culture.  “Independence” is revered and receiving help from others can sometimes be viewed as a weakness, instead of a way we can connect with our fellow neighbor and create a more tight knit community.  I also see that many are concerned about helping because they feel there […]

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

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 […]

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 […]