1. Age-friendly From the Inside Out

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    The ideas for many of my age-friendly articles come from the perspective of others. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that “age-friendly service providers, public officials, community leaders, faith leaders and business people: recognize the great diversity among older persons, promote their inclusion and contribution in all areas of community...
  2. Connected More than We Know

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    Maybe we are connected with each other in ways that we don’t know and don’t see. Maybe our presence in our neighborhoods is noticed even though we don’t feel it. Maybe our regular actions are observed and registered in the minds of strangers, but their awareness is hidden from us....
  3. Aging in the Here and Now

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    On April 10, 2017, I attended the Age-Friendly Communities Conference, sponsored by AARP, Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Grantmakers in Aging, and FSG, a “mission-driven consulting firm for leaders in search of large-scale, lasting social change.” It was terrific. I learned a great deal that will guide my city’s initiative as...
  4. Someone to Inter-generate With

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    Once in a great while I have an experience that unexpectedly and swiftly changes a long-held opinion. Usually, if I shift an attitude, it’s after much talking, studying, and thinking. But I had an encounter lately that made me see how I can revamp my mind almost instantly. It was...
  5. Denial and Disrespect

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    I was at a meeting the other evening and a grey-haired woman mentioned that people had tended not to notice her as she got older. She began to feel invisible. As she got greyer and greyer, she was more and more ignored. However, she decided to get a pair of...
  6. Old Year’s Resolutions

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    Throughout my adult life, I have had a problem with the notion of New Year’s resolutions. When I was younger I would search my brain to find a possible change so I could feel virtuous. I can’t recall any of those bygone resolutions, except for the perennial promise to lose...
  7. What is “Olding?”

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    I have never been quite comfortable with the term “aging,” at least in the context of what I write about and work on all the time -what it is like to get older. Although there is a general acceptance of the fact that we are all “aging” the term itself...
  8. Age-friendliness in Communities

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    The concepts behind the age-friendliness and livability movement are taking hold in communities across the country and I am delighted! Where I live in Newton, Massachusetts, a lot of work has been going on for the past five years to create a foundation, raise awareness, and develop plans to benefit...