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.
I am the darker brother.
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.
To counter some of this, the clinical setting is shifting and in the near future much of the care will be given in the home with the help of emerging technologies. This is important because I’ve often told patients throughout the years the faster you get home the less you will be exposed to hospital-acquired infections; one of the strongest arguments for aging in place.
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.
we feel so strongly about aging in place and so love being home; a place for letting our guard down and self-expression.
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.
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 For some, age-segregated and leisure oriented living is fine, for others it's outdated.
So two ideas have been established with the maiden voyage of this blog: 1. As a society...
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 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.