I grew up knowing that my mom had been abused by my grandfather. I knew it, yes. But we never talked about it. We grew up knowing life is complicated. Love is complicated. And most importantly, family secrets are supposed to be kept quiet.
I’d like to pose a question: How have you and your relationships changed since becoming connected? We humans are anything but stagnant. What (and who) we allow into our lives affects our thoughts and behavior.
Purpose will never come from finding better and better activities. Opportunities for purpose arise from how those activities are started. It is time for us to throw away the activity schedule.
On any given weekday at 210 North Champion Street in Columbus, Ohio, elders and preschoolers can be seen mixing bubble solutions and puffing at them together in the activity room, caring for plants outside in the mobile gardening units, reading books aloud to one another in the classroom, or rehearsing a play in the auditorium.
It is not harder to design for older adults just because they have special needs — it is harder to design for them because we refuse to acknowledge their life experience makes them vastly more complex, nuanced and interesting than younger people.
The next wave of advances in aging in place technology is focused more on incorporating software programs and monitoring device into the home.
Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the “lack of empirical evidence” label that hounds culture change enthusiasts.
Without much fanfare, the Senate Special Committee on Aging released a report earlier this month on the subject of how the U.S. is progressing in caring for older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The committee compared health-care infrastructure with that of Japan, Australia, France and the United Kingdom – countries chosen because they have demographics and economies similar to ours.
The report found that these countries were all ahead of us on the Alzheimer’s care front. But as Judith Graham points out in a sharply observed piece today on the New Old Age blog, the study also unearthed statistics that suggest that long-term care for America’s elderly in general is lagging behind the rest of the world’s standards.