There’s no better way to gain personal support for positive aging than in a support group of people who are sharing their experience over time. And on a broader platform, there’s no better place to live than in communities that deliberately develop infrastructure that empowers the engagement, mobility, and security of older residents.
As older adults in a rapidly ageing world with shrinking public resources, we must: a) organize mutual support to help ourselves and each other, and b) develop communities that support positive aging lifelong.
Here, you will find innovative guides to form mutual support groups and build on community assets.
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Members of each group provide friendly, neighborly assistance to each other, to preserve and promote healthy independence.
Open discussion groups are organized on subjects vital to older adults. The latest in Paris is the “Octo +” group – where +80 year-olds share their experiences.
Helping people use the circle process in creating the environment for sustaining conversation about proactive, productive aging.
Career women making the transition to retirement meet regularly in a small group to discuss their priorities and passions and intentionally design a future that is as gratifying as their prior careers.
The first member of the WHO Age-Friendly Cities Network from Russia among 33 other cities of the world.
Generations come together in local communities by linking children and youth with older adults to build friendships and work together toward community improvement.
How baby boomers imagine the city to be fit for their aging status and what to do about it. The process is available in a toolkit found here.
Older adults use a questionnaire to look at how their community measures up on the key assets that support Positive Aging, as a tool to work together and advocate improvements.
A fun party designed to get neighbors to interact and to celebrate culture and diversity.
Projects & Organizations
Transition is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. It’s been growing since 2005, with civic local engagement linked in a worldwide network based in the UK. The goal is to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups and as wider communities. In practice, Transition Groups are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, reskilling themselves, and weaving webs of connection and support. Check out the two-minute video on the history of the movement at https://transitionnetwork.org/about-the-movement/what-is-transition/history/
The Essential Guide to Doing Transition is a useful guide for organizing teams to bring about community change, based on the Transition Network’s 10 years of experience in 1,400 communities in 50 countries. This is a great Starter Pack for you to develop practical projects that combat ageism and support positive aging. https://transitionnetwork.org/about-the-movement/what-is-transition/history/
Dementia Friendly America Initiative
Over 35 national organizations have joined the Dementia Friendly America collaborative to more effectively support and serve those across the U.S. who are living with dementia and their family and friend care partners.
The Dementia-Friendly Toolkit has been developed to guide communities through a research-informed four-stage process that fosters adoption of dementia-friendly practices in all parts of community. The four phases are: Convene, Engage, Analyze, and Act. Successful implementation of the community toolkit requires strong leadership, dedicated team members and well-developed work plans. The time commitment for completing the four phases varies and has ranged anywhere from six to eighteen months. The toolkit is available at: www.dfamerica.org/toolkit
Age and Dementia Friendly Communities Overlay, Dementia Friendly America, 2017. As Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias expand along with the aging population, community leaders are trying to figure out what it takes to be dementia-friendly as well as conforming to the World Health Organization’s guidelines for age-friendly communities. This chart shows the unique features that address the needs of people living with dementia, over and above what is needed within the eight domains of age friendliness. This is an important guide for every community joining the WHO Age Friendly Cities and Communities Network. View the PDF – Age and Dementia Friendly Communities: An Overlay
An umbrella network based in Washington DC for organizations engaged in intergenerational programs. In 2016, Generations United produced two stellar resources that show the value of intergenerational communities and guide community efforts to build connections between generations.
Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages. This resource from Generations United helps communities make intentional efforts to build connections between the generations. You can download the toolkit here: ___need link______
Generations United: Because We’re Stronger Together is an animated video for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Here is the link to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WEe3cIXQbQ
Jane Fonda: TED Talk
Life’s Third Act
How we can think about this new phase of our lives? The human spirit is the exception to the law of atrophy.
Matt Cutts: TED Talk
Try Something New for 30 Days
This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.
Dan Gilbert: TED Talk
The Surprising Science of Happiness
How our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Ellen Dunham Jones: TED Talk
Reducing our ecological footprint and energy consumption while improving our health and communities.
Dan Buettner: TED Talk
How to live to be 100+
Dan and team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age.