Elderblogs You May Have Missed

This past weekend I spent several lovely hours going through the Elderblog Roll on Ronni’s Time Goes By blog.  Here are some that caught my eye, which I will be adding to this site’s blog list.   Enjoy checking them out,  if you don’t know about them already.

Aging-in-Place

The Little Old Lady Stays Put

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Moving Through Grief

Journey to a New Life

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Reflections from a Retirement Facility

Manorisms

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For Adult Children of Aging Parents

The New Old Age

As Our Parents Age

Help Aging Parents

Minding Our Elders Continue reading

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ReServe: A New Approach to “Retirement” Careers

As someone whose business (Andler Resource Group) offers “outside the box” solutions for nonprofits and social-benefit businesses, I was intrigued to learn about ReServe, a new nonprofit organization that describes itself as “an innovative resource that matches continuing professionals 55+ with the nonprofits that need them.”

According to NY Times.com:

“ReServe began in 2005, and is now up and running in Miami and Westchester in addition to New York City.  The next launch will be in Baltimore, and plans are proceeding in Milwaukee, Newark and Boston.

“The concept of retirement is fading,” said Mary S. Bleiberg, ReServe’s executive director.  “There is a steady increase in people over 65 going into or staying in the workforce.  People are realizing they’re going to be around a lot longer, and there’s a limited number of golf clubs they can swing.” Continue reading

A Picture Worth 1,000 Arguments for More Walkable Streets

The link to this photo was sent to me by a friend who no longer drives.  It comes from The Walkable and Livable Cities Institute, who posted it on Facebook yesterday, with this caption:

“Most of us will outlive our ability to drive. If we want to be able to stay in our neighborhoods, in our homes, beyond our driving years, we need streets that support us in walking. This neighborhood street in Smithtown, NY, could really use at least a sidewalk.”

The same–if not more–could be said about all the undeveloped streets in my part of SE Portland.

via A Picture Worth 1,000 Arguments for More Walkable Streets – Neighborhoods – The Atlantic Cities.

First “Parlor Meetings” for Village PDX Scheduled

According to the founders of the other Villages we have spoken to, the first step to getting a Village going is begin holding parlor meetings and bringing together potential founders and stakeholders.

To that end, anyone who thinks they may be interested in helping get a village going in their neighborhood (no matter where in the Portland metro-area) is invited to attend one of the first VillagePDX parlor meetings on either Thursday, April 12 at 7:00pm or Sunday, April 15 at 3:00pm at our home is SE Portland. To RSVP, get directions, or for additional info, please send an email to info@villagepdx.org.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at a meeting and getting this project going!

Chana and Richie Andler

Press Release: VillagePDX.org Launches Aging-in-Place Village Movement in Portland

It Takes a Village:  VillagePDX.org Launches Aging-in-Place Village Movement in Portland

Portland,OR, March, 2012 –

A recent AARP survey found the 86% percent of respondents aged 45 and older hope to stay in their current residence as long as possible. However, many seniors are faced with the prospect of having to leave their homes as they age because they lack an adequate system of support to enable them to stay where they are.

A little over a decade ago, residents of the Boston Beacon Hill neighborhood began looking for a way to address this specific problem.  And, in 2002, Beacon HillVillage, the first aging-in-place village, was born.

“The Beacon Hill Village founders all wanted to remain at home, even after transportation and household chores became difficult or dangerous, the point at which many older people quit familiar surroundings. They also wanted to avoid dependence on adult children. And they were unwilling to be herded by developers into cookie-cutter senior housing, and told what to do and when to do it by social workers half their age.” –NY Times, February 9, 2009

“We wanted everything you’d find in a retirement community or assisted living—but we wanted these services in our own homes,” explains Susan McWhinney-Morse, 72, the president of Beacon HillVillage, who was one of the 12 residents who helped create it. “We didn’t want to leave the neighborhood we love.”  from the AARP Bulletin, “Declaration of Independents”, December 2005

So what exactly is an aging-in-place village?  A village is a group of like-minded people in a neighborhood cluster who come together to figure out and develop the resources they will need to age comfortably in their own homes. These might include transportation, recreational activities, home repairs, discounted professional and group purchases, health and wellness programs, volunteer opportunities and more, all depending on the needs and interests of the community members who co-create the village. Continue reading