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Kavan is a social media entrepreneur committed to growing the use of social networking towards promoting the equality, sustainability, health and well being of people of all ages. Combining careers as a national journalist and public relations expert, Kavan focuses on the power of user-generated content to communicate ideas and build movements.

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  1. Alison
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    Hi, I’m an AGNG 200 student at the Erickson School of Aging. I love this post. As an avid motorcycle rider since the age of 16, I adore the idea of sharing the experience with anyone. As others have stated, I was disturbed at the lack of safety gear, as I have found the road doesn’t care whether or not you are wearing armor, but I have found through rallies I have attended masses of motorcyclists tend to create a much safer driving/riding environment.
    In class we have talked about bridging the gap between elders and the younger generations. Having an elderly as a pillion would be an incredible way for the hot shot younger generation(s) to share a love and passion for the joy of riding a motorcycle.

  2. David
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    I am currently an Aging 200 student from the Erickson School of Aging and I have to say that your mother definitely came up with an amazing event. The first time i rode a motorcycle i recall it being a very great experience filled with sheer joy and I can imagine the elderly having a very similar experience whether it be their first or hundredth time on a motorcycle. The “surplus safety” issue brings up a good point as I can imagine it can make life less enjoyable for the elderly as they are limited to what they can do but I am glad your mother saw the benefits of “Sturgis Days” that helps give the elderly something to look forward to and talk about throughout the year.

  3. Sally Abrahms
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    Kavan,
    Love the idea. Original! Just wondering where the safety helmets are! Also love that it’s your mother who came up with the plan.

  4. Madeleine Kolb
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    It looks as it everyone is having a great time. And it’s true that the surplus safety mentality–which is driven by concern about liability–tends to suck much of the joy out of life. However, I was disturbed to see so many people driving or riding without helmets.

    I exercise nearly every day on a nearby trail and am appalled to see many riders without a helmet. Most of them are young men who think they’re invincible. But last week I saw a group of seniors and a child of about 6 riding together, and none of them was wearing a helmet. Meanwhile riders with helmets are whizzing past at fairly high speed.

  5. margitnovack
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    I love the idea of Bubbie Bikers. How better to illustrate that aging is still a time of growing, trying new things and having adventures.

  6. Paul Falkowski
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    Nice! We have a motorcycle group here in Omaha that visits nursing homes. There’s nothing more stunning than to pull up to a nursing home with a dozen or so Harley’s parked out front.

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