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July 18, 2019

The Memory Bridge Foundation  announces Love is Listening… Dementia without Loneliness, a remarkable sequel to There is a Bridge. This beautiful film addresses the central challenge of dementia – the loneliness that comes with communicative and emotional separation fro...

October 4, 2018

In my April blog I described Hack’s arch, threatened by construction of a new interstate. I am delighted to report we successfully saved and relocated the arch to a nearby park. Very few projects have been more satisfying to me in my career. In retirement, I feel more...

For the growing collection of planners, architects, urban designers, and health professionals interested in better supporting community-based aging, the senior housing industry often serves as a convenient whipping post.

In survey after survey, older adults express a pr...

April 17, 2018

Merrill Hacker, “Hack”, was visited near the end of his days by cultural anthropologist Phi Stafford from Indiana University. He was a resident of the Bloomington Convalescent Center. From his room, Hack maintained a close relationship with nature and displayed a kind...

November 26, 2015

I haven’t blogged in awhile. This year has been hectic, hard to find time to reflect – with new knees, family illness, etc. Nothing unusual for those of us in my age group. Yet, several times over the course of the year I have found myself saying “I need to blog about...

July 15, 2014

I believe there is a natural fit between the movement to create age and ability-friendly communities and historic preservation. This may have grown from my lifelong interest in all things old. My house, above, and I are growing older together, and, as it seems, both en...

May 3, 2014

As I approach 65 years on this planet, May 24, 2014, I find my dreams increasingly populated by people from my past. I’m happy to say that the dreams are uniformly pleasant, if typically inscrutable. Gerontologists tend towards a view of memory as a psychological pheno...

May 3, 2014

As I approach 65 years on this planet, May 24, 2014, I find my dreams increasingly populated by people from my past. I’m happy to say that the dreams are uniformly pleasant, if typically inscrutable. Gerontologists tend towards a view of memory as a psychological pheno...

July 2, 2013

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I heard a fascinating presentation by Lamine Madjoubi (Bristol University UK) at the International Making Cities Livable Conference in Portland, OR last week.

http://www.livablecities.org/conferences/50th-conference-portland

Lamine studies the culture of childhood and h...

April 15, 2013

My latest blog is found at the newsletter of the American Architectural Foundation: http://www.archfoundation.org/

If you live near Bloomington, come to our spring workshop: Places with a Purpose: Communities for a Lifetime, with Jan Hively, Kim Irwin, Scott Ball and Za...

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