I am struggling with finding the right words to articulate what I’m feeling, yet I feel it is necessary for me to speak. To this day the work for building a better community has been completely unbalanced by the oppressed and the oppressor.
As a young African American adult I can identify with this viscerally. Our society programs seamlessly the realm of otherness into our vernacular, lifestyle, and attitudes. In this category of otherness we distance ourselves from the humane and are more willing to pass judgements on identity, ability or personhood.
We need to stop drawing distinctions from why we are different and instead start drawing connections to why we are similar.
Through reducing the negative, shameful and dishonoring messages so commonly spread via stigma, we can offer instead more viable pollination which hopefully will mature into fruits of dignity.
More than a decade ago, Portland began to encourage homeowners to build backyard cottages as a way to help alleviate a growing lack of affordable close-in housing. The city is now looking to dramatically increase tiny house development.
Formed as a coalition of “community partners,” Momentia’s purpose is to empower people with memory loss and their care partners to remain connected and active in the community. Central to the movement’s philosophy is its positive perspective on dementia and a collective determination “to transform what it means to live with dementia in the community—thus changing the story from one of despair to one of hope.”
We must consider the concept of direction as we decide the next steps to take in order to disrupt aging. How should we move forward, given a new political climate?
Senior Services Winston-Salem is one of the nation’s largest broad-based non-profits serving elders to undergo a company-wide transformation in its culture through Eden at Home, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life of the older people they serve.