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Seniors give back to students

posted Mon, Apr 30, 2012   by The Herald-Mail

Through the Washington County Commission on Aging's Intergenerational Tutoring Program, 30 seniors make a weekly connection with students in nine Washington County elementary and middle schools. Senior volunteers also lend a hand in summer programs. The Community Foundation's $10,000 grant to the Commission on Aging has enabled the addition of a part-time assistant to help coordinate new volunteers and add more schools to the program.

Social entrepreneur is revolutionizing senior housing

posted Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Forget bingo and donuts. Social entrepreneur developer Tim Carpenter is quietly revolutionizing senior living. Through EngAGE, a nonprofit organization, Carpenter is developing affordable senior arts colonies focused on wellness, life-long learning, community building, and intergenerational arts programs. An operative word here is "affordable."

Looking for a few good Boomers to help others

posted Mon, Apr 30, 2012   by Associated Press

Boomers are attractive volunteers, and it’s not just the sheer strength of their numbers — 77 million. They are living longer. They are more educated than previous generations. And, especially appealing: They bring well-honed skills and years of real-world work and life experience. “What we have with the transition of the boomers across the traditional age of retirement is a great opportunity,’’ says Dr. Erwin Tan, who heads the Senior Corps program at the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency in Washington. Senior Corps helps connect older Americans to service jobs.

Northeast Florida nonprofit examining needs of LGBT elders

posted Mon, Apr 23, 2012   by The Florida Times-Union

ElderSource, a nonprofit resource center for the elderly in Northeast Florida, has started an initiative that is examining and responding to the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.

Empowering Ethnic Seniors Online Helps to Close the Gray Gap in South Florida

posted Mon, Apr 23, 2012   by New America Media

A pilot project in South Florida, sponsored by two Areas on Aging, is helping older adults bridge the digital divide, get connected to services, build their cognitive function and reduce the negative effects of isolation.

Elderly No More?

posted Fri, Apr 20, 2012   by The New York Times

Judith Graham examines the challenges of findings the right terms to describe the growing number of older adults in this country. A variety of aging leaders weigh in. Elders, the elderly, older people, seniors, senior citizens? The list goes on though no consensus seems clear. Ms. Graham concludes by asking: What about you? What language do you think we should use to describe people who have advanced beyond the middle of their lives, and why?"

AFAR to distribute nearly $2.5 million in career development awards

posted Thu, Apr 12, 2012   by Medical News

The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) announced today it will distribute nearly $2.5 million in career development awards to 83 advanced fellows and junior faculty members at 28 Hartford Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training. The Centers of Excellence program is funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation, a committed champion of improving health care for older adults, and administered by AFAR, and since 2010 has granted more than $7.5 million, with the goal of increasing the number of academic leaders in geriatric medicine.

Few US Cities Prepared for Aging Baby Boomers

posted Thu, Apr 12, 2012   by Associated Press

Few communities have started to think long term about how to plan and redesign services for aging baby boomers as they move out of the workforce and into retirement. Even more troubling, dwindling budgets in a tight economy have pushed communities to cut spending on delivering meals to the homebound and shuttling folks who can no longer drive to grocery stores and doctor's offices. These cuts, advocates for older Americans say, are coming when the services are needed more than ever. And those needs will grow tremendously over the next two decades.


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