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February 2003

In This Issue

  1. "Youth" hostels
  2. Intergenerational adventure
  3. Find the perfect volunteer opportunity
  4. Next Age Speakers Bureau
  5. Count your steps
  6. PBS Creative Aging Special
  7. Gauge life expectancy
  8. Qualities of New England Centenarians
  9. Catch Me If You Can!

    "Youth" Hostels

    When traveling, avoid costly hotel bills by staying at Youth Hostels. They are much less expensive than a hotel/motel and more fun as well. Youth Hostels are for people of all ages. You can also save money by cooking supper in the kitchen; while comparing notes with other travelers. Check it out at: 202-783-6161, www.hiayh.org

    Intergenerational Adventure

    How varied are the ages of your friends? While speaking in Alaska, I looked up Cheryl and Ed, a young couple I met while hiking the Appalachian Trail. They teach school in White Mountain, a small native village near Nome.

    Before I knew what happened, I was flying in a really tiny plane to visit with them and their 5-month old son, Evan.

    While there I spent time in their classrooms, stayed in their comfortable yurt, spent an evening with the Mayor, went cross country skiing, and just soaked up life in this Inupiat Village.

    My five days with them hold a very special place in my heart. What fun it is to have friends of all ages.

    Find the perfect volunteer opportunity Senior Corps has a new web-based volunteer Recruitment System (http://www.joinseniorservice.org). It links Americans ages 55 and older with top-quality volunteer opportunities in their communities.

    Prospective volunteers fill out an online form. The database then returns a list of local opportunities that fit the person's search criteria along with contact information for each organization listed.

    As the late Maggie Kuhn, former head of the Grey Panthers said, "It's such a shame to live long enough to learn so many answers, when no one bothers any more to ask you questions."

    Find the right volunteer placement for your particular talents and share your answers!

    Next Age Speakers Bureau

    I have just been listed with America's first cooperative speaking bureau for an aging society. Check it out for qualified aging experts. There is no fee. Just e-mail the speaker you are interested in and take it from there. www.nextagespeakers.com.

    Count Your Steps

    My hour-long morning walk counts for 7,000 steps and most days I walk the 10,000 steps recommended by the International Longevity Center for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. How do I know this?

    I bought a small, high-tech pedometer, DigiWalker Step Counter, from them. For more details go to www.ilcusa.org/shop/estore.htm. It really is fun Just clip it on your waist and go. Wearing it can motivate you to increase your daily walking.

    PBS Documentary on Creative Aging Check your local PBS stations for the documentary, Forward In Time, produced by Parallel Lines Production in cooperation with PBS affiliate, KRCB. It is due out in the spring. It targets the 80% of seniors who utilize resourceful aging skills and available services to enjoy a higher quality of life and a more creative retirement.

    Dr. Gene Cohen, Director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University and other well-known gerontologists offer commentary along with profiles of 4 or 5 seniors. One of the seniors profiled is Emily Kimball!

    Gauge Your Life Expectancy

    Go to www.livingto100.com and check out the "Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator." Using information gained from centenarians, and other research into longevity, it provides a tool to help people estimate how long they might expect to live.

    Qualities of New England Centenarians The New England Centenarian study, Living to 100: Lessons in Living to Your Maximum Potential at Any Age by Dr. Thomas T. Perls and Dr. Margery Hutter Silver, lists the characteristics most commonly found among their study population.

    Centenarians are optimistic, have a sense of humor, a positive outlook on life, .and manage their emotions well. They are masters at handling stress, and live purposeful, focused lives with strong support from family and friends.

    They are not lonely; in fact their vital interest in life attracts people to them. They keep their mind active and engage in regular physical exercise. None are overweight. They show low signs of neuroticism (anger, fear, guilt, sadness) and have an acceptance of death.

    Catch Me If You Can!

    February 20th at Capital One's Enterprise Information Management Kickoff Meeting Richmond, VA

    April 3rd at American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness Conference, Philadelphia, PA

    April 9th at Social Security Administration, Managers' Conference, Baltimore, MD

    April 12th at The Southern Gerontology Society Annual Meeting Award's Luncheon. Richmond, VA

    Emily Kimball
    3220A West Grace Street
    Richmond, VA 23221-1306
    (804) 358-5536
    Fax (804) 358-2415

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