Things are getting real! After years of effort, Second Wind the book is out on Amazon and on the shelves of Barns & Noble book stores everywhere! The Second Wind Tour’s opening date is so close we can taste it! And for the rest of month we want our biggest fans to join the fun. […]
Sexual expression among elders in nursing homes, the value of social media during a crisis in long term care settings and much more in today’s ChangingAging Blogstream roundup.
The Pioneer Network LIVEStream schedule is here. Please help spread the word by sharing this post via Facebook and Twitter with your culture change friends.
How can a conference help move culture change forward? I’ve asked past participants to share stories of transformation from attending the Pioneer Network conference.
In my earliest interaction with Facebook in 2007, one of the first things I discovered were dozens of sites devoted to hating old people. Nothing has changed since.
I’ve often said that “aging is a team” sport. It is also true that “changing aging” is a team sport. For the past six years I have enjoyed working with and learning from Kavan Peterson as he has shown me how our message of a new and better old age can be communicated around the globe.
This month Provider Magazine profiled Kavan as one of the 20 people to watch for his work on ChangingAging.org and as a partner in the creative consulting company ChangingMedia. The profile hit on his essential qualities:
Even in good economic times it can be challenging to scrape together financing for much-needed community development projects. These days, cuts in grants and tax credits combined with cheeseparing lenders has resulted in a huge drop in funding for community development and revitalization projects, such as low-income housing projects and eldercare innovations like the wildly successful Green House Project created by Dr. Bill Thomas.
If you caught any of the livestream video coverage we provided at the Green House Meeting and Celebration in Grand Rapids last week you saw how powerful and impactful social media can be in connecting people and sharing stories. If not, don’t worry — all the livestream video sessions and keynotes plus extras are being uploaded to the new Green House Project YouTube Channel.
Today at The 6th Eden Alternative International Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., I teamed up with Jack York of IN2L to run a social media booth and we invited Elders from Brookshire in Denver to join us via Skype to demonstrate the power of social networking. Conference attendees passing by were caught up in the […]
Check out the ChangingAging Blogstream Weekly Roundup for May 5, 2012. Read the top news and blog posts on aging from around the globe featuring updates from Dr. Bill Thomas and ChangingAging Blogstream contributors.
Last month’s issue of The Atlantic Magazine featured a cover story asking whether social media — from Facebook to Twitter — is making us intrinsically more lonely. It’s a provocative and disturbing premise but I’m not sure it holds up to close scrutiny.
The takeaway message for me is that authentic relationships and authentic interactions are vastly more important than the size of your network or the number of “Likes” you can generate.
Last week Bill Thomas’ new novel Tribes of Eden was officially launched after literally years of work. It was a huge challenge creating a high quality publication and I’m very proud of the team here at ChangingAging that helped put it together. Of course, our work promoting Tribes has just begun, but getting the book launch behind me means I get to turn my attention to some exciting new projects on the horizon — namely, what’s next for ChangingAging.
In social media circles Friday is often the day to give shoot-outs to your favorite followers on Twitter (hashtag #FF for Favorite Fridays), organize live-chat events on Facebook and roundup up the week’s news on your blog.
ChangingAging has threads on multiple social networking sites so I’d like to begin featuring those conversations on the blog with a Friday Social Media Roundup.
At its core social media is not about technology, it’s about story-telling — or perhaps more accurately “story-sharing” — and the key to good story telling is to achieve emotional impact. Take for example social media created using Google Street View images. Google Street View (GSV) cars have been canvassing the roads of more than […]
The Pew Internet and American Life Project recently published new social media data, this time asking why American adults use social networks. From my point of view, keeping in touch with people is a grand old American tradition, as traditional as appl…
ChangingAging with Dr. Bill Thomas A Sanctuary for Elderhood By Dr. Bill Thomas on November 10, 2011 | ChangingAging.org — Along the journey of creating, launching and now rapidly growing The Green House® Project there have been many important milestones. Building the first Green Houses in Tupelo, Miss. Getting the strong backing of RWJF . And most recently celebrating the […]
While covering the 2011 LeadingAge conference for ChangingAging.org I spent an afternoon interviewing Eden Alterantive’s CEO Chris Perna and two of Eden’s value-added partners: It’s Never 2 Late and WellAWARE Systems. Together, these three organizations presented a “Mind, Spirit and Body” exhibit at LeadingAge featuring a unique integration of technology and culture change. As part […]
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, […]
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.”