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.Secondary SidebarDr. Bill Thomas Presents: Dr. Thomas’ Age of Disruption Tour visits 30 cities in 2016 to introduce audiences to a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging. Visit DrBillThomas.org to […]
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 […]
As I have noted, I am writing a book about how the Post War generation has changed over the decades and how their changes influenced the lives of everyone else. Although have the most vivid memories of the Hippies and Activists, the Squares were actually the largest cultural subtype of the Post War Generation. […]
The Elder Wisdom Circle always makes interesting reading. Here is a taste… FAMILY: Dad makes fun of my boyfriend around me My main problem is an issue I’m having with my dad. He dislikes my boyfriend to the highest level just because of his skin color which is black. My father tends to make fun […]
I have written about Hot Koko, the musical duo that Jude and I formed when we were in our late 40’s… HERE, HERE and HERE. Now that we are in our early 50’s, music and our enjoyment of being new and highly amateur musicians is really coming into its own. This summer we released our […]
The art of weaving a great story or composing a great song has changed very little over the past five thousand years. Indeed, my son Caleb and I love reading Greek myths that were already ancient when Homer was alive. The act of creation remains what it has always been; a human being alone, or […]
Wendy Lustbader is one of America’s finest and most illuminating writers. Equally passionate as a writer, teacher, and therapist, Wendy brings
a social worker’s lived experience to her writing, teaching, and service to older people. Indeed it is her long experience with and concern for the well being of older people that forms the foundation of this remarkable book.
One of the difficulties that always presents itself to those who seek to change social systems and cultural practices is the push—pull tension between what you should do and what you can do. It works like this… All social systems (thankfully) have built in “shock absorbers” which make them pretty hard to change. Imagine waking up tomorrow […]
Regular readers know that I am a fan of crones and croning. Rick Moody offers an nice roundup of the concept for the uninitiated… Does a woman merely have to grow older to become a Crone, or does it mean something more? For some answers to that question, see the magazine “Crone: Women Coming […]
One of the best things about blogs and blogging is that it opens up access to material that would otherwise be lost. While much of political journalism is consumed with “he said” and “she said,” blogs mostly offer the authentic experience of people living their lives. Consider the opening paragraphs of a blog post […]