Aging Well

Building a Community that Ages Well

Last Friday, Community Thread hosted a lively discussion about what it means to age. The Aging with Gusto workshop was attended by 40 people who examined their own views of aging and became ambassadors for spreading the word about the dangers of ageism and how it affects us all.

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Aging with Gusto: What’s Your Attitude?

We know that for young people, a healthy self-esteem can serve as a buffer against the onslaught of life’s challenges. While much of the research on self-esteem has been focused on youth, this knowledge can be applied to the general population as well. Given the importance of a healthy self-esteem to a person’s well-being, why would we make disparaging comments about older people? Why tolerate, or even participate, in negative stereotyping and discrimination about aging when we are looking at our future selves?

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Enhancing the Power of Aging

I am writing this column in my hotel room in Baltimore, having spent the last three days at a national conference on how to develop programs that support older adults who want to “age in community” (versus “age in place,” which one attendee likened to a hamster spinning on its wheel, and let’s face it, not going anywhere). Aging in community suggests the way we want to picture ourselves: staying active and engaged, in a healthy and socially connected way.

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The Kind of Community Where I Want to Age

I heard some startling numbers the other evening. I was attending a Minnesota 2030 Community Conversation, hosted at Family Means, on the topic of designing our future as an aging population. More about the numbers later.

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Aging in Place with a Little Help from our Friends

If you are an older adult, you have found that from time to time you need help with things around the house that for some reason you can’t do yourself (for me, it’s moving furniture). If you live in your own home, apartment or condo, and wish to remain independent, have you thought about what supports you may need as you grow older? And if you are the adult child of an aging parent, would it give you peace of mind to know that there are supports available to help with non-medical caregiving tasks?

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