We’ve been a little quiet at ChangingAging since the successful finale of the Second Wind Tour earlier this month. We have so many amazing stories and exciting announcements to share about “Act 3” Second Wind Tour events being organized for the fall, but — first, we need a few weeks to decompress and recuperate.
That being said, a lots been going on “changing aging” since we’ve been barnstorming the country and we have some great news to share.
First, the big news coming off the Tour is the July 18 theatrical debut of Alive Inside, the 2014 Sundance Audience Choice Documentary we exclusively previewed on the Tour.
Tour audiences raved about our exclusive 34-minute director’s cut and have been clamoring to see the full film in theaters. Your chance is now here and we are currently organizing “Alive Inside Watch Parties” with Second Wind Tour attendees. But we’d love to ask all ChangingAging readers to check for showings in your city and organize watch parties — this is the most important film about Dementia ever made and everyone should see it!
CLICK HERE for a list of showings and please email us at ACT3@SECONDWINDTOUR.ORG if you’d like to organize a “Watch Party” and would like access to exclusive promotional materials.
In related news, I’m excited to announce that one of the stars of Alive Inside, Dr. Al Power, just published his latest book, “Dementia Beyond Disease“. For new readers, Dr. Power is a regular ChangingAging contributor, geriatrician and internationally acclaimed author of the groundbreaking and award-winning book “Dementia Beyond Drugs“.
Dr. Power is best known as one of the most effective advocates for achieving real culture change in long term and dementia care that goes beyond vague platitudes about person-centeredeness. His new book reflects this by pushing beyond the limitations of a biomedical view of dementia and Alzheimer’s and outlining a detailed framework to pursue well-being in the every-day lives of people living with dementia, regardless of where they live and how they are supported.
Dr. Power writes: “The media want to talk about one of two things in relation to dementia:
(1) how badly we drug people, and (2) who is leading the race to find new drugs.”
Does that sound like contradictory thinking? At first blush, you might say, “Well, no; looking for disease-modifying drugs is different from simply giving people antipsychotics.” But both trends come back to the narrow biomedical view that the only path to a life worth living is through the pill bottle.
Over the next couple of days we’ll publish some short excerpts from Dementia Beyond Disease and explore the domains of well-being outlined by Dr. Power.
Finally, I want to give a heads up that I’ll be reporting on Seattle’s second “Aging Your Way” (#AgingYourWay) conference being held tomorrow, June 26. Aging Your Way is an incredible grassroots community movement sweeping the Seattle area since 2009. It has resulted in numerous community-led projects and initiatives.
Below is a list of 20 “Ideas to Action” topics Seattle community members will consider implementing tomorrow. Take a look, and I’ll report back on the 10 projects that are chosen and we will plan to follow them as they are implemented. Make sure you follow #AgingYourWay on Twitter and Facebook tomorrow and join the conversation!
Timebanking—Helping a neighbor earns Time Hours in your account. “Spend” your Time Hours by getting help from someone else. Things like: dog walking, gardening, teaching salsa, learning to make sushi. Local Ex-amples: SWEL, Eastside, West Seattle, Central District Timebanks.
Creating a Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Community—Get involved with existing projects and create new ones. Local Examples: Programs offered by Cascade Bicycle Club, Neighborhood Greenways, Feet First.
4 Cottages on a Lot—4 cottages on a single family-sized lot with a com-mon garden. This model offers more privacy than shared housing and peo-ple are close at hand for supporting each other.
Caregiving Co-op—Create an elder caregiving co-op, like a child-care co-op.
Beyond Block Watch and SNAP—Start a Block Watch or SNAP in your neighborhood and expand it into social activities, clean up projects and neighbors helping neighbors in other ways.
Computer Literacy for Elders—Partner with City of Seattle Office of Technology and local nonprofits to reduce barriers to using computer tech-nology for elders of modest means.
Youth and Elders for Health (75210) – Create a project where youth, Boomers and elders work together to make change around physical activity, eating right, avoiding sugary drinks and limiting screen time.
Elder Rest Stops—Partner with local businesses, who post signs indicating restroom facilities are available for elders.
Elder and Teen Community Dining Projects—Elders and teens prepare, cook and share meals together using locally grown food. Local Example: FEEST (teens)
Elder/Pre-school Reading Group—Elders partner with community pre-schools to read to 3-5 year olds. Local example: United Way Volunteer Reader Program
Elders Walking Kids to School Community based partners , partner with kids to walk them to school. In cooperation with Safe Routes to Schools Program.
Villages—A membership organization that enables elders to stay in their homes as they age. A virtual village, rather than a place. Staff, volunteers and vetted vendors provide supportive services. Local examples: NEST, PNA Village and Wider Horizons (in progress)
Volunteer Health Advocates—Trained volunteers help people 50+navigate critical health events. Local example: Qualis Pilot Project
Intergenerational Community Development Projects—Teens and Elders gather to envision what their community would look like if it was great for all ages; brainstorm projects that would make the vision reality; choose one to begin working on.
Shared Housing—Two to four unrelated adults share a home to maximize financial resources and provide support and companionship to each other.
Community Connector Model—Staff person at a senior center or other neighborhood organization connects the formal and informal service net-works to support aging in community.
Immigrant/Refugee/Mainstream Partnerships—Develop projects be-tween organizations serving immigrant or refugee communities and main-stream nonprofits to honor cultural traditions while addressing transporta-tion, isolation or other challenges.
Involving All Neighbors Model—Develop and implement a 6-9 month program that engages diverse volunteers to work on a project at an existing organization in their neighborhood. Local examples: PACE.
Handy Helpers on Call—Handy men or women volunteer to assist elders, single parents and people with disabilities with minor home repairs, heavy chores or yard care. A volunteer acts as coordinator. Local examples: Men of Ballard (MOB) and Rebuilding Together
Men’s Sheds—Men build woodworking projects for themselves and the community by partnering with a storefront or other site in the neighbor-hood.