A recent survey by AARP, reported in the Wall Street Journal, found nearly 9 in 10 respondents said they don’t want to move, and prefer aging in place.
I think you have caught the essence of aging in every sense of the word…the constant flow of new experiences. I don’t know if you have come in contact with my Five Basic “Ingredients” for a healthy brain at ANY age. These particular five items were confirmed by experiments in our laboratory.
Applied to Aging In Place
For the boomers with aging parents or older adults themselves, knowing the stages can provide context to where the individual(s) is in terms of making change. For example say one spouse sees the need for home modification and the other doesn’t—telling someone who is in the “pre-contemplation stage" that they must go along with the changes may not work. The individual is not ready to make the changes yet.
aging in place.
Peter Pan Housing
It occurred to me that these homes/neighborhoods are what Jon Pyoons, PhD, Professor at USC Davis School of Gerontology calls “Peter Pan Housing.” The term describes housing for people who think they are never going to get old.
As our new President sets out on the dawning of the first day towards the ominous task of healing this country (and the world) expectations of a recovery are high. He has called us all to the challenge by employing our energy, talents, and gifts, to heal the broken places together.
- January 20, 2009
- By: Patrick Roden PhD
- Category: General
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I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
when company comes,
but I laugh,
and eat well,
and grow strong.
The second however is more surprising; the degree of complexity in one’s daily behavior.
Aging is not without it’s limitations…no “happy gerontology” here. Denial of aging is ubiquitous, just google anti-aging and you’ll get some 16,300,000 hits. Age-related losses are inevitable, however, exercise for me has been as close to the fountain of youth as I’ve found.
The Greeks also appreciated the richness of touch, using hand woven fabrics from linen to wool, and created beauty and good taste in their homes. She thinks the Greeks triggered flow experiences from them and over time began to love beauty and beautiful things.
The model for success in later life, according to author Marc Freedman (Prime Time, 1999) was the emergence of a mass leisure class and Sun City-like retirement. For some, age-segregated and leisure oriented living is fine, for others it's outdated.