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January 2005

In This Issue

  1. Are you a crone?
  2. Granny’s vote
  3. Clanning as a lifestyle alternative
  4. Interesting statistics
  5. A search for positive images
  6. Books on aging, new and old
  7. Creating community in later life
  8. Marketing to seniors is tricky
  9. Contemplative retirement community
  10. Aging Adventurer web site updated

Are you a Crone?

Crones Council Mission Statement - “To reclaim the crone archetype through the creation of gatherings of women which model processes that promote equality, encourage diversity, support personal empowerment, and honor the value to society of older women’s wisdom and accomplishment.” Perhaps you’d like to attend one of their gatherings? Check out their web site www.cronescounsel.net/ ************************************

Granny’s Vote

Did you catch the web site set up for the recent election? www.grannyvoter.org

They want to hear less about the needs of “greedy geezers” and more about what grandparents want for their children’s future.

Clanning as a Lifestyle Living Alternative

Faith Popcorn, futurist and founder of BrainReserve, sees “clanning” as defining this century. “Multigenerational households living together are on the rise,” she says, and so are alternative families that include single friends or families and disparate individuals who choose to live together for economic and child-raising advantages, along with the emotional and social supports that family-style living can confer. “There’s going to be a blending of families and unrelated people that we’ve never seen the likes of before,” Popcorn says. “People are really going to team up and care for each other in new ways.” To learn more go to www.senior-inet.com ************************************.

Interesting Statistics

Over 2 million persons celebrated their 65th birthday in 2000 (5,574 per day). The U.S. population over 65 is already larger than the entire population of Canada. According to the National Council of Aging, 44 percent of Americans age 60 or older have at least one parent alive. In 1960 only 24 percent of Americans who had reached their 60th birthday had a living parent.

For more fascinating facts about aging go to www.agingresearch.org ************************************

A Search for Positive Images

Do you know of a children’s book that portrays older people positively? The George Washington University Center for Societal Education about Aging for Change is generating a list of children’s books that present older people positively instead of “weird, wicked, or weak.” To help with this project mail titles to SeaChangeCenter@aol.com ************************************

Books, New and Old

Dr. William Thomas’s new book, What are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World, is a wonderful read and deals in original ways with elderhood as a valuable and exciting time of life. He helps readers explore, among other principals, what aging has to offer us, how to welcome aging into our lives, how to do away with the institutionalization of nursing homes, and how to begin building a society where aging and longevity are valued and defined as creative and challenging periods of one’s life.

Abigail Trafford, former Washington Post columnist and author of My Tim, Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life, argues that the years 55 to 80 open up an unprecedented opportunity for growth unavailable to earlier generations.

Doris Haddock’s Walking Across America in my 90th Year describes her long distance walk for campaign finance reform. More about her can be found at www.grannyd.com

No Stone Unturned, The Life and Times of Maggie Kuhn offers a fascinating history of the early days of the aging movement.

Creating Meaningful Community in Later Life

Second Journey is sponsoring three Regional Visioning Councils in 2005 in Sarasota, Florida; Shelburne, New York; and San Rafael, California. Each council is an exciting “laboratory” in which new ideas and creative, innovative solutions to the challenge of creating community in later life emerge. Attendance is limited to a diverse group of 50 participants including architects, educators, practitioners, healthcare professionals, earth elders, writers, visionaries, and cultural creatives who range in age from mid-40s to mid-70’s and beyond.

If you are interested in learning more go to www.Second.Journey.org/ ************************************

Marketing to Seniors Is Tricky

A recent marketing study for the housing industry searched for the “right” words to attract seniors. The best word according to Sharon Brooks, partner in Brooks Adams Research, a Richmond, Virginia, firm is “vitality.” Other strong choices are “comfortable,” “choice,” and “individuality.” “Mature adults” was considered the best descriptor while “seniors” was not seen as a bad word nor was “retirement.”

Another study by John Rude and Associates advised home builders to avoid the terms “seniors,” “elderly,” and “golden agers” because they are labels that carry negative stigmas.

Trace Marketing of Sarasota, Florida, encourages builders to use the term, “age qualified” rather than “age restricted” for communities targeting persons age 55 and older. ************************************.

Contemplative Retirement Community

Not interested in moving to Leisure World or Sun City? How about a retirement community devoted to contemplative spirituality? Next Age Recourses reports that ElderSpirit Community recently broke ground in Abingdon, Virginia, for a new residential complex intended for older people interested in late-life spirituality, including values such as inner work, caring for oneself, mutual support, service to others, respect for the earth, and creativity. For more information, visit www.elderspirit.net

Aging Adventurer Web Site updated

Take a new look at my web site www.The AgingAdventurer.com. Under Writings, new articles on osteoporosis and my Appalachian Trail hike have been added. The In the News section now includes articles from Style Magazine, the NCOA magazine, Innovations, and Lutheran Woman Today. My most recent newsletters can now be read online. ************************************************** (People not wishing to receive this newsletter e-mail me at etkimball@aol.com and say delete) ************************************************** Make It Happen! with Emily Kimball Creative Aging Expert

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