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December 2, 2009

I had the privilege yesterday of going down to Macon, Georgia to speak and learn – learn about the terrific work that the Georgia Council on Aging is doing to create communities for a lifetime and speak about the also terrific work going on in Indiana communities plann...

October 27, 2009

Now available: Elderburbia: Aging with a Sense of Place in America, by Philip B. Stafford, Ph.D., Praeger Press.

The work is a labor of love, reaching back to memorable encounters with amazing elders over thirty years. It argues that a deep understanding of the experien...

October 26, 2009

Wendell Berry, author of the quote following the colon, would not likely have thought of his message as sticky. But it has sure stuck with me over the years and I use it often in describing the need to re-frame our understanding of aging away from the body and toward c...

October 6, 2009

I had the pleasure recently of traveling to New Albany with Marie Beason and Marissa Manlove of Indiana Grantmakers Alliance. IGA has received funding in a national program of Granmakers in Aging entitled The EngAGEment Initiative. This is an effort to elevate awarenes...

August 10, 2009

We talk a lot about the need to demonstrate impact when we are using “other people’s money.” Fair enough. Accountability is good. Sometimes, however, we can get trapped by “other people’s metrics.”  Had an email conversation with Bob Scarfo and Mia Oberlink this mornin...

December 20, 2008

Recovering  alcoholics sometimes say you need to hit rock bottom before true change can begin. That belief underlies some of the optimism I have about the future in this country. I sense that our current crisis may provide amazing opportunity. The common threat that fa...

December 6, 2008

Living in my car these days, having a ball traveling around Indiana to meet with community groups of all shapes and sizes as they receive their local survey data and plan for the future. The local variation around certain “indicators” is pretty interesting. It’s clear...

December 6, 2008

I had the pleasure this weekend of visiting with a remarkable group of elders who have taken life into their own hands – creating Silver Sage, a co-housing community here in the heart of beautiful Boulder. I learned that much of the impetus for this community was provi...

December 6, 2008

Today I picked up our local newspaper sports section and one of my heroes, Joe Paterno, head football coach at Penn State, had his program headlined as “a doddering legacy”. While I am the last to suggest that elders shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions, to...

October 31, 2008

As the election nears, older adults in Indiana are looking towards the future. With a high rate of political engagement, elders are a force in their communities and across the state. The statewide AdvantAge Initiative Survey report is a must-read for public policy make...

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