Aging Well

Volunteer and Age Well in the Process

Volunteers are the unsung heroes that improve the quality of life in our community in immeasurable ways. Community Thread was founded on the principal of volunteer engagement to serve unmet needs, and 50 years later that concept is still alive and well thanks to thousands of generous volunteers who make a difference in the lives of others. If you know someone who volunteers, or you are a volunteer, many thanks for your contribution to improving our community.

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The Keys to Living Longer, and Better

My mother, who lived to age 96, loved to be on the move. And it turns out that her lifestyle made a significant impact on her longevity, according to two studies that look at how adults age 65+ can live longer.

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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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