Monday, February 21, 2011

"Sometimes It Takes a Village to Let Seniors Stay at Home"

For the record, this is one of the best articles on aging I've read in a long time.

And I read a lot of articles on aging. Call it a hobby.

It's interesting that in the age of globalization, what used to happen naturally now has to be formalized. But don't get me wrong: it is much, much better to formalize it and keep it thriving than to let community care fall by the wayside. And in an age of relocation, many people can't count on lifelong neighbors.

This is the kind of elder care I wholeheartedly support. Many seniors simply don't thrive in the geriatric dorms that are nursing homes, no matter how high rated a nursing home is. While specialized care is sometimes required, what if it's not needed as much as we think?

Religious organizations need to take notice of this movement:


Thinking creatively about how to age well will be one of the defining conversations of the next 20 years.

3 comments:

Sweet Cheeks said...

Oh, agreed. This is such an amazing concept. Interestingly me and my husband always talk about wanting to create a new american suberb, were neighborhoods interact. We need to go back to little towns and townships with a local grocer and such just for these reasons. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

thanks

Angelica Purifica said...

I have the same opinion for the reason that this is happening up to now. I agree with Sweet Cheeks that neighbors should interact. We can all benefit from doing that if only some people realize this simple thing can change a community a lot.


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