The Power of Pause: Taking Time to Visit Seniors

I’ll admit it: I love a good to-do list. When I’ve got a lot on my plate, or even when I don’t, there’s something so satisfying about crossing things off as I go. But my latest project has been a lesson in letting go of the list. As part of my grad school assistantship, I’m administering cognitive tests to older adults at a care facility near campus. When my adviser, Kate, told me about it, I was excited to jump …

Goodbye Ageism! Shifting an Old Stereotype

I’m positive: You couldn’t pick a better place to have an International Conference on Positive Aging this week (or any week). It isn’t just because it’s in Florida, but also because it’s specifically in Sarasota County, which happens to have the highest percentage of people age 85-plus in the nation. The event’s host, the Sarasota  non-profit foundation Institute for the Ages, recruits and engages older people and organizations to conduct research on aging issues, connecting companies with their target audience, Sarasota …

Affordable Housing for LGBT Older Adults on the Rise

Until recently, if you were older, gay, and low-income, finding housing would have proven elusive. That is beginning to change. This month, a six-story affordable housing apartment building for gay, lesbian and transgendered adults over age 62 has opened in downtown Philadelphia. It offers heath services and events under its roof to residents who live in the 56 one-bedroom units. The John C. Anderson Apartments, as it is known, is part of a growing trend of similar LGBT senior housing …

Making Communities More Welcoming to People of All Ages

Trust me, you don’t want to have problems getting around and be in Venice, Italy. Venice is an amazing city – the culture, the architecture, the food and the canals. But there are more than 400 bridges – many of them footbridges. You’re walking to yet another lovely square and, guess what? All of a sudden there are steep steps up and down if you want to continue on your way.  Good luck if you’re not up to the task – …

Faces of Hunger in America

AARP Live - November 21, 2013 Guest blog post – Charlotte Whittaker I’ve seen the faces of hungry seniors across west Kentucky. While working as the Director of the Ohio County Senior Center, I saw first-hand how vital a simple home delivered was to these seniors. As a daughter of a rural Baptist preacher, I was taught at an early age the true meaning of compassion.  I was also taught that compassion wasn’t enough; I had a duty to help others …

So Do You Come Here Often?

I was in an L.A. restaurant the other evening with a circular bar big enough to accommodate the full crew of an aircraft carrier when I noticed Shorty and his girlfriend. I figured it wasn’t his wife because Shorty had to be in his 70s and she was maybe 32, and he was nuzzling her. Men of Shorty’s age rarely nuzzle their wives in public and they nuzzle them at home only if they want something. Shorty caught my attention …