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“With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older” – an excerpt
By Beth Baker from the website of the Center for a New American Dream (www.NewDream.org)
Beth Baker is the author of With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older, which tackles the issues of community and aging in place. Below is an excerpt from Beth’s timely, important new work.
As I was completing the manuscript of [my] book, our neighbor Ann sent an email inviting those of us on our block who are 60 and older to a potluck. She and her husband Merrill wanted to discuss aging in place here in our neighborhood. “I realize that for now, everyone’s mostly healthy and independent, so there might not be too much interest just yet,” she wrote. “But if there is, we’d like to discuss what, if anything, folks have thought about becoming aged, staying in our homes, and building some kind of cooperative network among us.”
We have a close-knit neighborhood, but still, Ann was surprised when 22 people from a three-block area crowded into their living room. Over plates of baked ziti, chicken, and salad, we began a discussion that echoed the themes in the pages of this book. All but one couple, who plan to move to a continuing care retirement community when they reach their early 70s, want to remain on the street. The questions flowed: How would we make our homes accessible? How would we ensure that people felt comfortable asking for help? What kinds of help were reasonable to expect? Should we include the younger families in our network?
What follows is an article about cultural differences between cultures, hypothesizing on a connection between how we think or ourselves and relate to others, and the crops we grow (Wheat vs. Rice).
Wheat vs. Rice: Teamwork, health and cultural inclusiveness could have to do with the crops we grow by Nicole Oran From MedCity News December 4, 2014
Americans and Europeans have a history of growing wheat, as opposed to countries in Asia which primarily grow rice. But what does that have to do with our health, our self-image and how we think about community?
Americans in particular like to think of themselves as autonomous, independent, and this is actually a unique trait compared to other parts of the world, according to anthropologist Clifford Geertz.
Following is a recent article from Forbes about a report done by the Milken Institute of the Best Cities for Aging. They looked at two groups of cities – the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas and smaller urban centers. Charlottesville falls in the second category, and our rank was #22 out of 252. Reassuring, but there is still room for improvement, and I think there are ways CvilleVillage can help to improve our score.
Here Are The Best Cities For Successful Aging
From Richard Eisenberg In Forbes November19, 2014 (<— CLICK this line to go to original article)
But the one that impresses me most — and that I think anyone over 50 ought to review — just came out today from the Milken Institute nonpartisan think tank. In truth, this biannual list isn’t about the best places to retire, it’s about the best cities for aging successfully. There’s a big difference. “You won’t see the word ‘retirement’ anyplace in the title of our report,” says Paul Irving, President of the Santa Monica, Calif.-based Milken Institute.
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Mount Vernon At Home, a village in the Washington DC area has produced a new video about their village. Click HERE to view their video.
Note: If you click on the IN THE NEWS tab (above and to the right) you will find links to several additional videos and articles about other villages.
The ever-prolific Atul Gawande chatted it up last night with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, promoting his latest book, “Being Mortal.” The two discussed end-of-life care – and how patients and physicians should temper their pursuit of “doing whatever they can” in favor of living out life in a more meaningful way. For instance, Gawande noted that at the end of the 1990s, 17 percent of Americans died at home. The rest were in institutions.
“That’s not the way most people want to go,” Gawande said. Read the rest of this entry
The following announcement came to us from the Village2Villlage Network —
“We wanted to share with you an exciting new announcement from our partners at the American Bar Association, Commission on Law and Aging. The Commission recently released a new smart phone app that enables individuals and families to manage and share their health care advance directives and related information. It’s called My Health Care Wishes. Attached is the flyer and FAQs for the new app. The Lite version of the app is free and the Pro version is $3.99.
You can learn more about the app here: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging/MyHealthCareWishesApp.html or via our short URL www.myhealthcarewishes.org.
Below is a link to the newest issue of the “Age In Action” newsletter which is issued quarterly by the Virginia Center on Aging at the School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Geriatric Education Center and Virginia Commonwealth University (Edward F. Ansello, Ph.D., Director)
The Blog by Rachel Anderson
Aging at home sounds so normal. Indeed, throughout most of human history it’s been the norm. Yet there are issues. (Of course there are issues. This is a blog.)
Often, people say they want to age in place because they know where their friends are, their support team (from doctors to hairdressers and mechanics), their shops and shopkeepers and of course, their family members and friends.
But nothing stays the same forever, so I asked AARP Foundation’s Walter Woods, a vice president, programs-Isolation Impact Area, what happens as all those connections themselves age, shut down, move away, sicken or even die?
Plus, suburbs. So many people live in areas with inadequate transit.
by Renee Dryfoos
It should be no surprise that thousands of people are turning 65 each and every day in our country. And, it seems rather generally known that options for living a quality life throughout the life-span while remaining in one’s own home, are limited.
For those of us wishing to remain in our own homes, a relatively new and exciting model has emerged. Beginning in Boston with Beacon Hill, the “Village” movement has begun, and now boasts approximately 100 villages nationwide. These are “virtual” villages, i.e. they are networks of households in geographic proximity to one another, sharing services of a common organization, their “Village.”
The Blog by Rachel Anderson
The numbers are coming in about a rising problem with social connectedness among older adults. It’s not about their social status, as it might have been in younger years. Rather, it’s about how entrenched they are in robust social networks. Do they have enough social resources to stay safely independent? Do they feel connected and secure?
The answers to those questions can have startling implications for their health.
Once again, we turn for insight to AARP Foundation’s Walter Woods, a vice president, programs-Isolation Impact Area. He rattles off the data – that lack of close personal connections raises the odds of dying early (almost as much as poverty does the same); that our bodies don’t like being alone and tell us in a thousand ways — through higher blood pressure, more stress hormone, greater inflammation, poor sleep and depression.