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Programs to bridge the generations engage all ages by Jenifer Milner-1490

Programs to bridge the generations engage all ages by Jenifer Milner

Today, even as population aging becomes more apparent,1 we continue to hear about the challenges that will accompany this demographic shift, and little about the rich resource that age 50-plus adults represent for society. The potential of older people is devalued at a time when many are living longer, remain active and seek meaningful ways to participate in their communities.

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Creative arts and aging: improvisation by Roxy Kline-1448

Creative arts and aging: improvisation by Roxy Kline

Everyone is aging. Agreed? But how we age is determined, in part, by what we do with our years. George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” Whatever age, mental or physical ability, older adults can participate in the arts. Improvisation is just one of many creative arts tools that can be used to provide opportunities for social interaction in a playful and fun atmosphere.

When most people think of improvisation, they think of stand-up comedians with clever, quick-witted responses and one-liners. Although a common side effect of improvisation is laughter, being clever or funny is not a necessary skill. Stop thinking about improvisation as “acting.” Instead, look at the root word “improvise” (defined as “to invent, compose, or perform with little or no preparation”).

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Lessons for living: The Legacy Project collects and disseminates elder wisdom by Karl Pillemer, PhD-1339

Lessons for living: The Legacy Project collects and disseminates elder wisdom by Karl Pillemer, PhD

As a professor of Human Development at Cornell University, I have spent the past 25 years studying how people develop, grow and change over the course of their adult lives. Seven years ago, this research interest led me to what I felt was a riveting idea: Why not invite older people to describe the lessons they have learned about living and make this knowledge accessible to people of all ages?

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Blogs, social media and the Web: how to help your clients engage online by Marilynn Larkin, MA-1286

Blogs, social media and the Web: how to help your clients engage online by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Recent research confirms what many members of the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) are seeing in their organizations and communities—namely, dramatic increases in the use of social networking and online networking tools. According to the nonprofit Pew Research Center in Washington, DC, social networking use among American Internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled—from 22% to 42%—between April 2009 and May 2010. At that point, half (47%) of users ages 50–64 and one in four (26%) users ages 65 and older used social networking sites.

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Summer camp program brings generations together by Colleen Musselman and Marjan deKok-1058

Summer camp program brings generations together by Colleen Musselman and Marjan deKok

From field trips to gooey s’mores to arts and crafts, summer camp brings back memories that beg to be shared. So, in 2008, we launched a Grands & Kids Camp at Garden Spot Village, our nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This weeklong summer program gives residents a chance to reminisce, share their stories and enjoy a wide range of activities with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It also offers teachable moments for all dimensions of a healthy lifestyle.

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Garden Street Grill: an elegant gourmet evening sets a community apart by Yannick Himber, BTH, and Teresa Beshwate, MPH-970

Garden Street Grill: an elegant gourmet evening sets a community apart by Yannick Himber, BTH, and Teresa Beshwate, MPH

Imagine dining in the finest restaurant in town. After being seated by the maitre d’, you notice the votive candles glowing in the intimate space, jazz music playing in the background, mouth-watering aromas filling the air, and hum of friends conversing. Fresh floral arrangements adorn each table, accompanied by the finest china, an elegantly folded napkin and a stylish menu announcing a five-course meal and accompanying wine selections. Your tuxedo-clad server makes his way to your table to introduce himself and offer the featured cocktail of the evening. Your five-star meal has begun.

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