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SENIOR COHOUSING AN ‘ANTIDOTE TO THE LONELINESS’ THAT HITS PEOPLE AS THEY AGE

Another way to own property is to buy with friends or join a co-housing project. These projects are all over the U.S. The SFChronicle writes about one in Alameda for seniors. I support the concept for all ages and all sizes (2units on up). San Francisco has many small buildings that could be purchased by small groups to create a co-housing environment. Here’s the article focused on seniors.

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COHOUSING: THE NEW BAY AREA TREND IN SENIOR LIVING

The skyrocketing cost of Bay Area housing almost forced Marietta Borgel to leave San Jose, the place she’s called home for six decades. Then she discovered home-sharing and, for the first time in her 75 years, Borgel moved in with a roommate.

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REIMAGINE END OF LIFE WEEK

Our City is coming alive this week with deep conversations and entertainment about living and dying well. Check it out:

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HOUSE SHARING FOR BOOMER WOMEN WHO WOULD RATHER NOT LIVE ALONE

From AARP:

Before sharing a home, know these tips to finding the “ideal” housemate and the do’s and don’ts of living together.

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THERE’S COMMUNITY AND CONSENSUS. BUT IT’S NO COMMUNE.

From The New York Times:

I believe that buying small buildings as an investment with your friends and then later moving into the property when you’re older is a great longevity planning solution. This article supports co-housing in its many forms.

There’s Community and Consensus. But It’s No Commune.
A small movement with an ungainly name, cohousing, is appealing to more people of retirement age – and younger – who no longer want to be isolated.

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CAN PEOPLE CHANGE AFTER MIDDLE AGE?

From The New York Times:

I sometimes read that people don’t change much after middle age. But everyday experience contradicts this on a weekly basis.

For example, this week in Shreveport, La., I met two guys in their 60s named Bo Harris and Mike Leonard. Bo was a football star at Captain Shreve High School. During his junior year, the school was integrated, but in the worst possible way.

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AT A CHELSEA ART GALLERY, AN AGE REQUIREMENT: OVER 60 ONLY

From The New York Times:

The gallery Marlena Vaccaro runs in Chelsea has the usual white walls and the usual nice light. What it does not have is artists under 60.

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ONE OF THE MORE ENTICING SF EVENTS ACCORDING TO LOCALS. TRY TO MAKE IT!

At The SF Botanical Garden:

Flower Piano is back for its third year, celebrating music, nature, and creativity. In collaboration with Sunset Piano the Garden will once again be filled with music, for you and by you!

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THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE WE NEED TO DO MORE OF IN THE U.S.!!

From The Telegraph:

Sisters are doing it for themselves: the retired women who built their own community.

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OVER 60 AND DANCING AT W.N.B.A CENTER COURT

From The New York Times:

The Timeless Torches, a dance squad for the W.N.B.A.’s Liberty, lets those over 40 — many in their 60s — shake their booty on center court, breaking the tradition of the typical halftime act.

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TO BE A GENIUS, THINK LIKE A 94- YEAR-OLD

From The New York Times:

We assume that creativity and innovation belong to the young. We’re wrong.

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HOW TO BECOME A ‘SUPERAGER’

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Sudoku isn’t enough. You have to push yourself.

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THE FUTURE OF RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES: WALKABLE AND URBAN

FEW people in America walk to work. Most of us drive to the supermarket.

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HOW TRUMP COULD AFFECT THE SAN FRANCISCO REAL-ESTATE MARKET

For the first-ever real-estate mogul president-elect, Donald Trump spoke very little during the campaign about his housing policies.

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2015 NEXT AVENUE INFLUENCERS IN AGING

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Meet Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging. These 50 thought leaders, innovators, writers, advocates, experts and others are changing how we age and think about aging.

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CHANGE WHAT IT MEANS TO AGE #DisruptAging

I’m a proud card-carrying member of AARP and they are leading the charge with changing the mindset around aging. This video is inspiring!

THE WISDOM OF THE AGED

From The New York Times:

For six New Yorkers age 85 and older, whose lives were followed throughout the year, old age is a mixture of happiness and sadness, with less time wasted on anger and worry.

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TO AGE WELL, CHANGE HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT AGING ….

Article on Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/1MCDRwW

COMING OF AGE IN AGING AMERICA

With major backing from the MacArthur, The Silver Century and Sloan Foundations plus AARP, there is a media push to educate people about our changing demographic. Society needs to make adjustments and here are some of the big ideas as to how to do this as shown here: http://theagingamericaproject.com/about.php

Person Asks Online For Advice On How To Deal With Grief. This Reply Is Incredible.

I think this is one of the most beautiful concepts about how to deal with losing someone you love. Please read on…

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HALFWAY MARK IS THE NEW BEGINNING!

Planning the Second Half of Your Professional Life

Speaking at a conference in June 2015 on the future of finance organized by his Singularity University, Salim Ismail highlighted the impact of greater longevity on society at all levels. “We’re adding three months to life per calendar year,” he said, adding: “In a decade or two, or three, there will be a class of people taking treatments who can live for a long time, and that affects employment planning, retirement planning … Society will never have seen that before.” (1) In other words, many of us around the age of 50 will probably live to beyond 100, which will mean giving careful thought to planning for the second half, or perhaps even the remaining two thirds, of our lives, particularly bearing in mind that retirement age is being pushed back steadily by our government’s, delaying access to ….

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HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF LONGER LIVES

Scientists are pushing to extend our lifespans. But are we ready to fill all those added days?

Wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal on this topic:  WSJ.com

DR. KEN DYCHTWALD

Dr. Ken Dychtwald of Age Wave writes: “Aging, he came to realize, was not something that begins at one’s 65th birthday. Rather, all of the choices we make regarding how we care for ourselves, how we manage our finances, and even how we think about our futures ultimately shape who we become-both personally and culturally-in our later years.

LIFE REIMAGINED

AARP has many useful tools and articles for the 50+ crowd and as you browse the Home page on the leftside, “Life Reimagined” is an inspiring section. There are programs on health, work, relationships that you can do on-line, off-line or in person at community events. Click Here for More Details

THE LIBERATION OF GROWING OLD

Ageism has been described as prejudice against one’s future self.
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NEXT AVENUE

PBS is covering issues that Boomers and Beyond would find useful on this website. Interesting content and videos on many aspects of being proactive about our aging.
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A DISRUPTIVE NEW VISION OF OLD AGE

Dr. Bill Thomas is part of a movement to change the way we view aging.
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SENIORS AT ROSSMORE GET FIRED UP ABOUT THE SOOTHING POWERS OF POT

Some of the residents of Rossmore, a retirement community in Walnut Creek, believe that cannabis offers relief for some of their ailments as described in this Chronicle article.

TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES KNOW IT

Technology companies recognize that Boomers and beyond are a major sector of our population and one company, Honor, just received a tremendous amount of capital to make a big push into our demographic. Click here for more details

SECOND CAREER WITH A SOCIAL IMPACT

In partnership with Stanford’s School of Longevity, the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute offers a year-long program for those people in their 50s and 60s to create another career that has a social impact. I sure would like to be a “fellow”. More Details:  http://dci.stanford.edu

SPRING CHICKENS: STAY YOUNG FOREVER (OR DIE TRYING)

Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time,” says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is ‘Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying),’ a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

THE LONGEVITY QUEST

Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time,” says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is ‘Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying),’ a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

OLDER ADULTS

City College of San Francisco offers classes that older adults may be interested in. Classes are offered in various locations throughout the city. Here’s the Spring 2015 schedule. Towards the end of the list are computer classes and employment opportunities through Encore.

MUSIC HAS THE POWER…

to resuscitate people from their vegetative state, confusion from Alzheimers and depths of despair as proven in this powerful documentary, Alive Inside. A simple music device can help a loved one remember their dancin’ days!

HOW ABOUT RETIRING INTO YOUR DREAM JOB?

How about retiring into your dream job? This group encourages people to keep working and be active members of society: http://www.encore.org/

TWO MUST READ BOOKS

Here are reviews of Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal and Victoria Sweet’s God’s Hotel.

LONGEVITY

You have heard and seen it proclaimed on billboards that we will be living to 100+years. One of the people who is helping to make this a reality is in our backyard, in Palo Alto: http://paloaltopulse.net/2014/11/23/the-palo-alto-prize-a-moonshot-at-increasing-longevity/

Another company that is focused on longevity is: http://www.calicolabs.com/

INTERESTING BLOG

The New York Times, until recently, had a regular column about issues pertaining to aging. Well written, educational and inspiring, check it out:  http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]