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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. Lynne Taetzsch
    Lynne Taetzsch at | | Reply

    I think it has more to do with who we are than how old we are. I am 71 and still need to be “doing” all the time and find it hard to be mindful. See, you could have used the time you wrote the blog to meditate, but you wrote the blog instead. I do the same thing.

  2. Bernie DeKoven
    Bernie DeKoven at | | Reply

    I’ve thought a lot about adult play. And learned a lot. And played a lot. For the last 45 years. Here’s a collection of posts I’ve written about playfulness – http://www.deepfun.com/?s=+playfulness – that might be a good place to start. There are lots of articles and playfulizing resources on my site. You’ll find the tip of the virtual iceberg here – http://www.deepfun.com/resources/ – In the mean time, here’s a short article that I’m hoping will get you started back on the playful path http://www.deepfun.com/fun/2011/06/fun-is-easy/

  3. Michael Cohen
    Michael Cohen at | | Reply

    Yes, adults and elders need to continue playing. Life without play is a life few would want, much less advocate.

    Children play anywhere, everywhere, almost spontaneously, especially imaginative, fantasy play, alone or with others.

    This is not so much the case for adults and elders, regrettably. We find props, surroundings, playmates help us play, shift from our doing selves to our being selves, if you like.

    Being playful is easiest outdoors. I agree with Salme, although, of course, indoor play isn’t impossible. Outdoors doesn’t quite suffice, however. Better to see see, hear, smell, and touch natural elements (trees, grass, birds, flowers, wood, soil, etc). Think parks and large gardens

    Add footpaths and benches, now you have the beginnings of social place to be playful. If you add a few more elements, like music, games, or shelters, and you have a positively attractive, appealing outdoor place to enjoy, where being playful is likely to be easier, faciltitated even.

    Games are fun, by definition, and are 99% multi-person, or social. They are also exercises, physical and/or mental. Adults, and especially elders, need to “use it or lose it.” Play and promote balace. Play and promote aerobics. Play and promote stretching. Play and be mindful. Play and be well.

    I am Michael Cohen, and I design wellness playgrounds for elders.

  4. Robert Albert
    Robert Albert at | | Reply

    Start using a crappy phone with a battery that dies all the time. The more often it breaks, the more you’ll be forced to realize you can live without it. Plus, you’ll occasionally have a legit reason for not being tied to it’s long arm of a leash, eventually you’ll just start turning it off or leaving it behind instead of running back to get it.
    Check out my “Word of the Day” photo album on FB, I just posted something exactly on point for you regarding this, but it’s not nearly as scholarly. Look for the pic of a sad faced guy talking on his cell phone, and let me know what you think. If ever we meet on a social occasion, I’ll be sure to accidentally lock your phone in my car before we trek off to the walking trails and such… My treat.

  5. June Burgess
    June Burgess at | | Reply

    Hi Kavan,This article is very timely for me. My presentation on Serious play (or it is OK to have fun)that I am co presenting with a good Eden friend John Killick at the next Scottish Care Conference has been accepted. We have over an hour to talk about the Eden Alternative,concentating on variety and spontaneity and to introduce ways of how play can enhance the wellbeing of people living with dementia.

  6. akemi kobayashi
    akemi kobayashi at | | Reply

    When I went to retreat. I just brought a lot of spiritual articles to read. In the middle of the retreat someone from somewhere whispered me that it was not the reason I was there. So I just sat on the verandah, and then I noticed for the first time after two days there that I had been surrounded by beautiful natures! “Being’ is not easy. Thanks

  7. Marti Weston
    Marti Weston at | | Reply

    Wow, Kevan! This is a thoughtful and insightful piece that offers a glimpse into an ongoing struggle we all face –staying grounded in a constantly changing digital world. Sounds like you are doing a pretty good job!

    More and more seniors and elders are using more and more digital devices as well as social media. I hope that the mindfulness that grows and increases as we age remains a strong characteristic even as technology becomes more ubiquitous the lives of aging adults.

    You might enjoy reading Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers — all about family life and creating healthy, non-digital family experiences. I recommend this book frequently on my other blog, MediaTechParenting.net.
    Marti

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