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Topic- Vocational wellness

 

Grand Lake Gardens' community garden feeds the hungry-1526

Grand Lake Gardens' community garden feeds the hungry

For nearly 50 years, Grand Lake Gardens has offered residential living on an intimate scale in Oakland, California. The senior living community features 90 apartments serving nearly 100 older adults, providing services that include hospitality, recreation, dining, wellness, and in-house assistance. Residents can gain access to a full continuum of care, if they wish, or choose the flexibility of a rental plan.

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The Man Cave: 'a place where creativity and socialization flourish'-1496

The Man Cave: 'a place where creativity and socialization flourish'

Take a retired engineer with a big interest in building models and a small closet in which to do projects. Add a quest for more room and a sympathetic staff response. Mix with community members who want in on the fun. And there you have the makings of the Man Cave, the most popular wellness program at Atria Woodbridge in Irvine, California.

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ICAA's top 10 articles on vocational wellness-1485

ICAA's top 10 articles on vocational wellness

The Journal on Active Aging® is celebrating the International Council on Active Aging’s 10th Anniversary with a nod to articles published by ICAA over the past decade. Throughout the year, each journal issue will highlight the “top 10” articles on a specific topic, all of which are accessible to ICAA members in the association’s online archives. The topic for this issue is vocational wellness. Articles in this category include overviews and programs on working, volunteering and skills.

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Plastic bags + caring hands = new lives by Ruth Werstler, Garrett Kallenbach and Mary Moy-1472

Plastic bags + caring hands = new lives by Ruth Werstler, Garrett Kallenbach and Mary Moy

New Life for Old Bags (NLOB) is a community-based project for the homeless that helps the environment and improves the lives of all who are involved. It helps the environment by reusing plastic bags; it aids homeless persons by providing them with a sleeping mat; and it is a meaningful activity for the people who make the mats.

As volunteers in NLOB, participants cut plastic bags into strips to make plastic yarn (“plarn”), which is crocheted to make sleeping mats. In Chicago, Cornerstone Community Outreach distributes the mats to people who are homeless. The need is great, as the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimates that in 2011–12 there were approximately 105,000 homeless people in the city of Chicago, where NLOB is based.

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ICAA Champions program: a quick-start guide for you and your organization by Marilynn Larkin, MA-1344

ICAA Champions program: a quick-start guide for you and your organization by Marilynn Larkin, MA

The International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) took advantage of Active Aging Week—the annual event initiated by ICAA and observed throughout North America during the last week of September—to officially launch the ICAA Champions program. A key component of ICAA’s Changing the Way We Age® Campaign (www.changingthewayweage.com), the Champions program enlists organizations and individuals to serve as role models and educators in the effort to shift society’s perceptions of aging. A diverse team of volunteers will help the program show the full spectrum of active aging.

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More than a game: Tennis is a world of opportunity for 50-plus volunteers by Krystyna Kasprzak, BA-1290

More than a game: Tennis is a world of opportunity for 50-plus volunteers by Krystyna Kasprzak, BA

On a muggy afternoon in Toronto last summer, I was on my way to the 2010 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank—a tournament held by Tennis Canada at the Rexall Centre each year—when the car I was traveling in became stuck in rush-hour traffic. My driver was a cheerful and energetic man in his late 50s named Len,1 and as he maneuvered the car through the near gridlock, I engaged him in casual conversation. I learned that he was a Rogers Cup volunteer—an example of vocational wellness in action.

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