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ChangingAging with Dr. Bill Thomas
Looking For A Graphic Artist
My new novel, “Tribes of Eden” is coming out in early 2012. It needs a boffo cover. The book is currently in the form of a Word document. It needs to be fitted to a nice book design.
I know that there are many super talented people who read this blog and our readers know plenty of other creative people as well.
So, we need a cover design and a book layout/design. Thoughts? Full Story »
Life Gets Better
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 early 20s.
Along the way, the bus driver urged everyone to say something into the microphone. When it was Wendy’s turn, she looked around at the young faces and said, “Don’t worry. These are the worst years of your life.” Full Story »
The Green House Project Celebrates 100 Homes
By Rachel Scher, The Green House Project Blog
The Green House model, considered a radical innovation in skilled-nursing care only a few years ago, is fast becoming a mainstream alternative to traditional nursing homes. This week, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Green House Project marked the completion of America’s 100th Green House home and announced a goal of tripling the number of homes in the next three years. Full Story »
Eden Alternative on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio
By Kavan Peterson, Eden Alternative Blog
The Eden Alternative family knows Laura Beck as the Learning and Development Guide who helped pioneer Eden at Home, which applies the 10 principles of the Eden Alternative to home and community-based care.
Last Friday Laura was featured on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio with Lori La Bey where she discussed her personal journey as the daughter of an elder living with dementia and her discovery of person-directed care through the Eden Alternative. Full Story »
Culture Change Comes to Arkansas
By Kavan Peterson, Eden Alternative Blog
The state of Arkansas is taking a leadership role in the culture change movement with an innovative program designed to bring the best concepts from the Eden Alternative, Green House Project and Pioneer Network and other culture change philosophies to nursing homes across the state.
In partnership with the state’s Office of Long Term Care and the Arkansas Health Care Association, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care’s Arkansas Innovative Performance Program (AIPP) has entered its second year working with 10 nursing homes and one assisted living facility in an intensive culture change program. Full Story »
File this story under “Not Exactly a Surprise.”
MIAMI — In her 88 years, Florence Siegel has learned how to relax: A glass of red wine. A crisp copy of The New York Times, if she can wrest it from her husband. Some classical music, preferably Bach. And every night like clockwork, she lifts a pipe to her lips and smokes marijuana. Full Story »
Changing Aging in the Granite State
ChangingAging.org is proud to lend its name and support to the New Hampshire Public Television series CHANGING AGING IN THE GRANITE STATE. Debuting Sept. 29 and funded by AARP New Hampshire, the four-part series focuses on four key issues facing older adults: financial security, health care planning for the long term, consumer and investment fraud, and living well. Full Story »
The Impact of Music on Memory and Language
By Barbara Speedling, WNYAPCC Blog
Who can deny that music makes you feel good? For most of us, the right melody with the right rhythm sends us into a frenzy of toe-tapping, hand-clapping, hip-shaking glee! The music offered in most nursing homes and assisted living environments includes piped-in music over a central sound system, radio and/or CD music in the common areas, or live entertainment in one form or another. In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of CD Walkman’s and iPods among residents, as well. While each has their place, reaping the vast benefits of music exposure requires improved planning and thinking about how to use music in the environment. Full Story »
By Catey Hill, The Wall Street Journal Encore Blog
The economy is stagnating, and nest eggs are shrinking, but there are other, less-talked-about reasons why many Americans can’t retire early. Full Story »
Study Shows Americans Optimistic and Unprepared For Retirement (Part 1 of 2)
Over the last few days, National Public Radio (NPR) has been presenting the findings of an in-depth survey and study of how recent retirees and soon-to-be retirees (those over 50) view retirement. What seems to be the state of retirement in the new millennium? The issue may be not that the state of retirement is so bad, but that expectations are strikingly high. Full Story »