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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. Brian Alger
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    This is an inspiring article. Both of my parents passed away in a nursing home. Although I met a number of caring people there, it was an institution and a business first and foremost. Martin’s insights about moving away from an ego-centric attitude to “incremental compassion” can make an important difference. I think is essential to build a sense of community and purpose as a means to improve the lives of elders and others living with frailty. I look forward to the broadcast.

  2. Joy Loverde
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    Like Bill Thomas, Martin Bayne is a path-carver. His perspective from inside the walls of assisted living demands that we pay attention NOW to the process of creating a purposeful life.

  3. Lydia Corbett
    Lydia Corbett at | | Reply

    thanks! It surely does!!!!!

  4. patwit
    patwit at | | Reply

    Thank you for this post! I ‘found’ Martin months ago and was moved by his NPR Fresh Air segment. I am so glad to hear about what he is up to now, and that there is a show in the future that he is hosting. He is an inspiration and I look forward to learning more from his perspective.

  5. Margit novack
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    To say I enjoy Martin’s posts is perhaps the wrong word. I value what he writes, his unique perspective and his thought- provoking ideas. He is not afraid to be controversial. How bold and exhilarating is that!

  6. Jennifer
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    Exactly what so many of witness daily. The elders we see accepting volunteer roles to visit the bed ridden, welcome new elders, etc are the happiest and healthiest in our homes. They didn’t necessarily start out the healthiest, but by sharing themselves, they found purpose. Encouraging those who are so use to being “taken care of” is difficult though.

  7. John Robinson
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    What a beautiful article and what wisdom! Life only matters insofar as we have purpose and community, and it’s community that gives us purpose. Only when you matter as much or more than I matter do we have a place and a purpose in living. And that can be anywhere – but without it, we are nowhere. Caring for something beyond the self is what gives self life. I am so moved by this man’s essential and direct insight.

  8. Kort Nygard
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    I was talking to a depressed nursing home resident who said he’d be content again if he could just have a job. I offered to get him some towels to fold. His response: “No, no, I don’t want BUSYWORK! I want something that if I don’t do my job something BAD happens!”

    ‘Nuff said!

  9. Starr Piner
    Starr Piner at | | Reply

    Amen, thank you for sharing these insights! Very thought provoking!!

  10. Marcia Barhydt
    Marcia Barhydt at | | Reply

    This article couldn’t have been posted at a better time for me. I have mild depression and it’s easy on some days for me to get bogged down with myself.

    I think Martin’s concept that we must take responsibility for ourselves is a life changing attitude. We cannot sit around waiting for others to care for us, do for us, think for us. We need to continue to be as vibrant as possible. And that takes being responsible for ourselves.

    What a concept. Thanks so much Kavan for posting your article today.

  11. Karen Overturf
    Karen Overturf at | | Reply

    Absolutely! What Martin addresses is the “helplessness” plague of Long Term Care that Dr. Thomas pointed out. Helping people find Meaningfulness in life once they hear “don’t you worry, it’s all taken care of,” can be counter-intuitive. Every single person has a need to have their day be worthwhile.

    Great find, Kavan!

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