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October Book Series: Elderhood

Introduction to Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life “Considering how old you are…” “If you were my father, I would…” “Given your age…” These are just three of the phrases my doctors use now when I have my annual checkups. I walk out of their examination rooms with a long list of don'ts, the feeling that I am wearing...

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October Book Series: This Chair Rocks

The One -ism That Affects Everyone What percentage of people over 65 live in nursing homes? How fast are dementia rates increasing? What impact does aging have on mental health? The answers to these questions will surprise you. In reading Ashton Applewhite’s, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, you'll discover stories and facts that will fundamentally change the way...

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October Book Series: The Longevity Economy

Over the next four weeks, we have invited guests to review books that impact our aging population. Celebrating our Ruth Frost Parker Symposium on October 11, I begin the series by reviewing The Longevity Economy: Inside the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market,  by Dr. Joseph Coughlin (our keynote at the event).  The book offers a critical challenge for business...

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The Promise of Technology for Aging Abundantly

Aging’s Best Kept Secret: The RFPCAA Symposium What do a nationally renowned speaker on technology and aging, a team of researchers from The Ohio State University, an empathetic robot expert and a list of innovative apps have in common? No, I’m not looking for a punchline here! Exciting news: They will all be featured at the Ruth Frost Parker Center...

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Technology and Aging

Technology and aging are not usually things that people think about in the same sentence. And yet, technology is already drastically improving the lives of many older adults, helping them connect with others, improve their health and find ways to participate in life. To be clear, technology, as per the Oxford Dictionary is the “application of scientific knowledge for practical...

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Staying Connected: Older Adults and the Use of Social Media

MY MOM’S STORY My mom was born in Ohio but moved to Indiana the summer before her third-grade year commenced. In their community in Indiana, my grandparents maintained many friendships. Mom was active in school, and she was social and had many friends. The summer before her senior year in high school, my mom moved back to Ohio after my...

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Summertime: Then You’ll Spread Your Wings

George Gerschwin’s Summertime invites the listener to appreciate the gentle wonder and fullness of each new day. “Then you'll spread your wings, and you'll take to the sky.” One can imagine the graceful beauty of young bird, slowly stepping out, then suddenly begin to soar toward broad new horizons. Invitation to Spread Your Wings These beautiful lyrics continue to soulfully...

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Summertime: Rise Up Singing

Summer and Music Hearing Ella Fitzgerald’s smoky voice croon George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess evokes the warmth and joy of summer.  “One of these mornings, you’re going to rise up singing.” For me, summer starts in springtime when the robins return to Michigan to lay their eggs. I crack my windows, even though it is still...

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Summertime: And the Livin’ (Isn’t) Easy

I was born in West Virginia. As a young boy, I would lie in my bed at night and listen to the towboats blow their whistles as they entered the curve on the Ohio River at Huntington. The towboats actually pushed the barges. It was dangerous work  The barges were usually in groups of six across and eight long, stretching...

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There are signs and markers of summer everywhere these days. For some, school begins just days away. For others, vacation is still ahead. And for many, the routines of work life make the heat of the day obsolete. As themes were suggested for this August blog series, Gershwin’s Summertime  wormed it’s way into the conversation. One of the most recorded...

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Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life

Learn more about the historic effort to raise $20 million over five years through the Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life at United Church Homes.

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