Joy in Mudville: Casey Goes to Bat at The Piper

Yes, pitcher Casey Barnes was on the Kansas City (KS) T-Bones disabled list in 2015 after catching a sizzling line drive with his bare hand, injuring a thumb.

No, that is not why he moved into The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support for the 2016 baseball season. Continue reading “Joy in Mudville: Casey Goes to Bat at The Piper”

Airing of the Quilts

This story was shared with us by Susan Clark of Uniting in Australia

Airing of the Quilts quilt

Recently our home, Caroona Kalina, hosted a two-day event showcasing a large selection of quilts. Our residents had expressed how much they love quilts and would love to have more involvement. This involved inviting residents, staff, families and the public – including our local Quilting Club – to air their quilts. In the end, we had nearly 200 handmade quilts on display! Many of our residents spent weeks preparing for the event during their art and crafts sessions. Our local Mayor officially opened the event, and we had an overwhelming response from the public, with people traveling significant distances to attend. Continue reading “Airing of the Quilts”

Shaking up the Status Quo

Next Avenue, public media’s first and only national service for America’s booming 50+ population*, has begun a year-long project on aging well, planning for the changes that aging brings and shaping how society thinks about aging. The most recent article – A New Twist on Planned Senior Communities, by Beth Baker, describes four communities that focus on wellness and quality of life. Not just about old people-croppedHer first featured community is Healthy Living Community, a town-within-a-town in Liberty, MO, that will focus on wellness and intergenerational living. Leading the development is Steve Shields, a pioneer in transformative eldercare and CEO of Action Pact. The community springs from a collaboration between Action Pact and Liberty Hospital and Healthy Living Centers of America. In this community, town life will center around a “Healthy Living Center” complex that includes 6,500 square feet of: state-of-the-art exercise space, a yoga studio, a spinning room and four swimming pools as well as a restaurant, bistro, theater and childcare center – all open to the broader Liberty community. Baker emphasizes thatAbout all-cropped a core element of this community will be households, rather than traditional assisted living or nursing homes — for those who need long-term care services. As the community continues to develop, there will be a variety of housing types. The first phase will open in 2017. Read the full article here.

Beth Baker, a long-time freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, AARP Bulletin, Washingtonian, and Ms. Magazine, is the features editor of BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Ms. Baker is also the author of Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes and With a Little Help from Our Friends, Creating Community as We Grow Older — both available from Action Pact’s webstore.

Of further interest:  Action Pact recently offered webinars on both the Healthy Living Community, with Steve Shields as guest and With a Little Help from Our Friends, Creating Community as We Grow Older featuring Beth Baker as the guest.  If you would like to watch these shows, they are also available in the webstore.

Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) in St. Paul, Minn. produces Next Avenue for the PBS system and 84 PBS stations are local affiliate partners.

Pioneer Conference Keynote Inspires ‘Living Our Values’ at Jewish Senior Services

“…the generations must find ways to share daily life. Elders need the stimulation of young people … elders need relationships with middle-agers, whose challenges are not so far removed from their own at that age. Children and young people need first hand contact with elders so that old age is not a strange, foreign country to them.”

— Carter Catlett Williams, 2013 Pioneer Network Conference keynote address Continue reading “Pioneer Conference Keynote Inspires ‘Living Our Values’ at Jewish Senior Services”

Laying The Foundation For A New Vision

Bridgewater Retirement Community (BRC) in Bridgewater, VA recently laid the foundation for the new household of its Huffman Healthcare Center. On August 27, 2013, 52 years to the day after the first meeting to start fundraising for what was then called Bridgewater Home for the Aging, folks gathered near the new foundation to remember those who began the vision of providing services for elders, celebrate the present support from the community and prepare for the future households. Continue reading “Laying The Foundation For A New Vision”

You Gotta Have Friends

In a 72 year (seriously…72 years) study, Harvard University researchers have been looking for answers to what makes for a happy life. An article in The Atlantic reported on the results. Subjects were interviewed at various points in their lives examining stressful events, lifestyles and so on. Continue reading “You Gotta Have Friends”