Planning For Fewer Family Caregivers

Instead of waiting around for robots, we’re doing what humans have naturally done for thousands of years: help take care of each other as friends and neighbors.

#cohousing

https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/fewer-family-caregivers-what-s-tech-enabled-plan

The Friend Effect

We can certainly vouch for the importance of eating together regularly!

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/23/the-friend-effect-why-the-secret-of-health-and-happiness-is-surprisingly-simple

Community: Good For Your Health!

Add Phoenix Commons to your checklist of being healthy:

If we think about our checklist of being healthy, it usually includes exercise and eating vegetables and not smoking. But we don’t think about our social connections as being just as vital as those things. If you have good contacts, the restorative effects can be just as strong as those other, more traditional methods of being healthy.

http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-the-loneliness-epidemic.html

Transforming Senior Living

I spent my career trying to change the nursing home industry, but I’ve come to realize it’s not really going to change. So now what I’ve got to do is make it so people don’t need nursing homes in the first place. That’s what this is about.

Surprising Secrets to Living Longer

According to the World Health Organization, by 2030, an estimated 60% of all people will live in cities — many of them over age 60. You may lose a little sidewalk speed and have to work harder to get up and down subway stairs, but cities increasingly rank high on both doctors’ and seniors’ lists of the best places to age gracefully.

http://time.com/5159852/the-surprising-secrets-to-living-longer-and-better/

 

Planning Together for the Future

Although we realize that dementia is no laughing matter, we laughingly fantasize about the chaos we’d have if all of us exhibited symptoms of dementia at the same time in our future! Early preparation would certainly help.

How Friendships Change As Adults

No surprise here: online friendships are no substitute for real, in-the-flesh interaction with local friends with whom you can share good times and emotional support!

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/10/how-friendships-change-over-time-in-adulthood/411466/

No Such Thing As ‘Old Age’

Age is just a number (that we choose to ignore!). With good health and a good support network, we can remain happy and independent for far longer than previous generations did!

http://time.com/5013938/old-age-baby-boomers-retirement-florida/

Harvard Study on Longevity, Health, Happiness

Several studies found that people’s level of satisfaction with their relationships at age 50 was a better predictor of physical health than their cholesterol levels were.

At our relatively healthy yet delicious community dinners, we improve both our relationships and our cholesterol levels!