Welcome to the new ChangingAging.org weekly blog roundup for August 27 to Sept. 2, 2010.
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Powerup Friday: More “Broken Hearts”
The comments continue with very challenging real life concerns. So I’ll use my Friday space to address the two latest questions in the “Broken Bones and Broken Hearts” thread. The first relates to a relative who has broken vertebrae due to osteoporosis and presumably is at risk for falls, who is now distressed by the “lap strap” that is used to prevent her standing on her own. There are no doubt many factors at play here. But number one is–the lap strap has to go. Let me explain:
Elder-Friendly ER Opening in Port Huron, MI
I was in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Port Huron, Mich., today. Chances are you’ve probably never heard of it before. Well, this October, St. Joseph Mercy will complete renovations and open one of the nation’s first senior-specific emergency departments. It’s part of a project that was first piloted by Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., and has been a smashing success for elders, their families and caregivers at the hospital.
What People are Saying: ChangingAging on LinkedIn
In the past few months nearly 300 people have joined ChangingAging’s LinkedIn group, a network of professionals connecting, sharing stories and fostering conversations about their experiences changing the culture of aging.
The group includes a diverse mix of people, such as Holly Whiteside, a caregiving coach and Eden Associate who recently published the book “The Caregiver’s Compass;” Madeleine Kolb, a great pro-aging champion and blogger at http://agemyths.com; Patti Bertschler, a professional elder mediator and meditation advocate; Sheila Lehner, founder of Benevolent Ballet, a dance program for people of all ages and abilities; and Charles de Vilmorin, a social scientist from Georgetown University who recently launched a startup company “Linked Senior,” to better use technology to enhance the lives of elders.
The Tao of Travel
What I truely love about travel is not as much the sights but the people. I first noted this in my travels across the country. I did not expect to find any noticeable differences as I crossed from east to west, but I did. However, it was a change in culture not society. Click here to continue reading.
When I was a kid I dreamed of being an astronaut, little did I think at the time that I would wind up leading expeditions into the unexplored country of aging.
Social Networking Surges Among 50+
Here’s a must-read piece from NPR detailing the explosive growth of social networking among 50 and older adults:
THE GREEN HOUSE Project
Green House ChangingAging on Facebook
From The Green House Project Facebook Page, a Shahbaz* shares this gem about why she loves her job: