Aging in Community
Over four days in early August, the largest North American gathering of changemakers dedicated to the lives of elders across the continuum of care takes place in Jacksonville, Florida.
In mid-September, I had the honour of staying with the team of Axiom News for one week. What struck me most, besides the enthusiasm and passion each team member has for the work they are doing, was their ability to have an eye for beautiful small stories and larger societal-change stories all at once.
Ron Schlegel has been connected to business with a social purpose his entire life. He’s a farmer and an educator; an entrepreneur and a philanthropist.
In Community: The Structure of Belonging, author Peter Block suggests that the true vehicle for change is not elected leaders, but groups of people coming together at the local level and deciding, “What will we create today?” Harnessing the power of stories and conversation is a goal all communities should strive for, and makes an ideal vehicle for engaging elders with the larger community, to share their experiences and increase their social capital.
Aging in Community
Speaking to an international milieu of 1,000 delegates at the 12th annual Pioneer Network Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, Pioneer Network convener and co-founder Carter Catlett Williams described how it’s the strong relationships around her that offer strength in times of need.
Via a shared screen, I can see Jan Somers’ nose to nose photo archive as he scrolls through close-up after close-up of two people with their faces turned towards each other, so near they would feel one another’s breath, noses just a wisp apart.
If you speak with practically any front-line caregiver who understands the needs of elders living with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, they'll tell you when an elder has life purpose, the effects of dementia can be lessened and symptoms less extreme. Click here to read an article from Atlantic Monthly that backs up this fact with some hard science.
Music will always have the ability to connect us throughout our lives. This video is a prime example!
Thanks to Edmonton's CapitalCare for sharing this wonderful example of the power of music to touch the hearts of elders in a long-term care setting. It's quite well done!
We thought we'd share this story from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, illustrating the strength of older adults during Lifespan's 16th Celebration of Aging luncheon.
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