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The Great Technology Divide: Bridging the gap by June C. Hussey-5708

The Great Technology Divide: Bridging the gap by June C. Hussey

The birth of 76 million Baby Boomers between 1946 and 1964 created the largest generation gap of all time in the United States. If you want evidence the gap still exists, just take a peek into the depths of the Great Technology Divide. On the near side stands an army of consumers, mostly Boomers and younger, all a-twitter over their electronic gadgets. On the far side is the generation that technology left behind. Jack Herklotz, information technology director for Watermark Retirement Communities, remembers when he decided to help bridge the divide.

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Shawn Achor: Happiness is key to health, wellness and success by Marilynn Larkin, MA-5674

Shawn Achor: Happiness is key to health, wellness and success by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Before getting into the field of positive psychology, Shawn Achor studied Christian and Buddhist ethics while working towards a master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School, and there he discovered “how our beliefs change our actions in the world,” he recently told the Journal on Active Aging. In this interview, Achor explains how by becoming more positive in the present, “your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, and your energy levels rise, enabling you to perform better in virtually everything you do.” He also delves into the importance of social connection, the impact of mindset on aging, and the need for older-adult wellness programs to be more positive.

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Atria El Camino Gardens: Good Samaritans reach out to make a difference-5561

Atria El Camino Gardens: Good Samaritans reach out to make a difference

At Atria El Camino Gardens in Carmichael, California, residents feel the need to make a difference in the lives of neighbors in the community-at-large. That desire to contribute to others led the community to start the Atria El Camino Gardens Good Samaritan Outreach program in 2013. ... "Our residents are people of action and service," comments Engage Life Director Staci Weisz. "Our job is to facilitate their goals and support them as they continue to learn, grow and make a difference.”

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Seabury's GIVE in All Directions supports and celebrates volunteerism-4976

Seabury's GIVE in All Directions supports and celebrates volunteerism

Volunteerism is an avenue for engaging in the community, building relationships and self-esteem, learning new things, and finding meaning and purpose. Seabury active life care community launched an eight-week, widely inclusive volunteerism initiative in 2013 to enhance wellness for residents and staff.

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Growing a gardening program for older adults: case study and lessons learned by Barbara Denson, BA-2071

Growing a gardening program for older adults: case study and lessons learned by Barbara Denson, BA

Giving back to the larger community has long been part of the mission of the Bon Secours New York Health System. Therefore, a project proposed in 2006—to create a community garden at the organization’s Schervier Nursing Care Center in the Bronx, New York—was a natural. Funded by an internal grant from the Bon Secours Mission and brought to life under the guidance of Patricia Leo, who served as coordinator from 2006 to 2009, the garden’s mandate was to be multicultural, multifaith, intergenerational (though geared mainly to people 65 years and older) and 100% organic. Additional funding from a Douglas J. Schwartz Greenhouse Grant supported the construction of a greenhouse on the community garden site.

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Gray, green, and active: Environmental volunteerism benefits older adults and society by Karl Pillemer, Ph.D.-1820

Gray, green, and active: Environmental volunteerism benefits older adults and society by Karl Pillemer, Ph.D.

Martin Phillips volunteers many hours each month in local environmental organizations, helping to organize trail clean-ups and testing water quality in streams. His goal is to help preserve the earth for future generations, even though he will not personally see the benefits. Maria Groves volunteers as a receptionist for a nature center, noting that she enjoys the children who participate in the programs and socializing with staff and other volunteers. Janice Phelps has always loved being outside in nature; her political work on environmental issues comes from a deep attachment to the natural world, which she feels is sacred and must be preserved. John Trent is politically conservative and will tell you right away: “I’m no tree-hugger!” But he has spent a lifetime hunting and fishing and is concerned about the destruction of natural areas that used to teem with wildlife, so he volunteers to protect them.

These individuals pursue different activities and have divergent motivations. But they have one thing in common: They are part of a growing movement of people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond who have become environmental volunteers, working to create a sustainable society and to conserve our natural resources. Not only do these “gray and green” volunteers help solve one of the major challenges of our time, but research shows environmental volunteering also leads to improved health and well-being of older persons. Now researchers, policy makers, and non-profit organizations are seeking ways to encourage environmental volunteering and civic engagement (EVCE) among individuals after retirement.

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