When I was a toddler, I used to sit for hours on the floor under my maternal grandmother’s frame of stretched cloth and look up to watch her sew beads and spangles onto fabrics that became wedding gowns, banners, flags, altar cloths, and other decorative pieces.
On any given weekday at 210 North Champion Street in Columbus, Ohio, elders and preschoolers can be seen mixing bubble solutions and puffing at them together in the activity room, caring for plants outside in the mobile gardening units, reading books aloud to one another in the classroom, or rehearsing a play in the auditorium.
The tension between generations is indeed worth studying, but mostly as a red herring and a symptom of how aging has been reframed as a problem.
I’m speaking on a panel about intergenerational engagement at a local conference in Seattle. I’d love to get feedback from or audience on amazing intergenerational programs from around the world.
Through extended visits to The Villages, Sun City and Youngtown, Arizona, Andrew Blechman’s book, Leisureville: Adventures in America’s Retirement Utopias reveals the lives of those who have embraced the rising trend of segregated (often gated) communities for older adults (the new marketing term is “age-preferred”).
Nearly one fifth of children in the U.S. lack access to sufficient nutritious food to live a healthy life and 4.5 million (one in 12) older adults experience food insecurity. A new report by Generations United finds this fact has a huge impact on the lives of millions of other Americans who make sacrifices in order to provide food for family members and friends at risk of going hungry.
For 20 years The Eden Alternative has shown that quality of life for elders and children can be significantly enhanced through intergenerational activities. This is part of creating a “Human Habitat,” which is key to the Eden Alternative philosophy. Nursing homes around the world are now seeing the value of bringing children into the lives of […]
I started the week in a cab in DC. I was on my way to a meeting with people who wanted to talk about wellness. “Wellness” is a surprisingly difficult topic to talk about, here’s why… If you talk about wellness from a truly holistic point of view, the concept is so smooth and round, […]
NEW ESKATON “BUDDIES” CONNECT. Along with the new school year this September comes the much-anticipated launch of another Eskaton Kids Connection. Sixteen classrooms of elementary and secondary schoolchildren are being introduced to their new “bu…
More from the ChangingAging book of the year—- Life Gets Better. Several years ago, Wendy Lustbader, a former social worker, and her husband were on a bus in New Zealand. She says they were, by far, the oldest people on the bus, with most of their fellow travelers being in the late teens or […]
An interesting piece of news arrives telling me that the number of caregivers in California is set to double. One of the problems associated with this boom it that many of these soon-to-be caregivers are themselves facing the prospect of an “unhealthy future due to higher rates of poor health behaviors, compared with both non-caregivers in the same age range and older caregivers.”
I am putting together an “Index” of the top/most important/influential Hippie culture books, people and places. Not ranked in any particular in order,here is what I have so far…. Be Here Now is one of the first guides, for those not born as Hindus, to becoming a yogi, by a person himself not born a […]