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"Village" volunteers take notes... of doctor's orders

posted Fri, Feb 28, 2014   by Kaiser Health News

Northwest Neighbors Village in Washington, D.C., is one of the more than 200 "villages" across the United States. These neighborhood membership organizations provide volunteers and other resources to help with everything from transportation and snow shoveling to hanging curtains and solving computer glitches. But as many of the Northwest Neighbors' 210 dues-paying members "age in place" – the village movement's top goal -- some need more than just a ride to the doctor, said executive director Marianna Blagburn. So the group is expanding its services this year with 16 newly trained "medical note takers" who will accompany members into the doctor's office armed with questions prepared in advance and take notes (although they will leave during the physical exam, unless requested to stay). Then the notes are sent to the patient and anyone else the patient designates. The Northwest Neighbors' medical note-takers are modeled after the "Medpal" volunteer service introduced in 2009 at Avenidas Village, California's first village group, which now has 375 members in the Palo Alto area.

Work progresses in KC region Community for All Ages project

posted Wed, Feb 26, 2014   by The Kansas City Star

Kansas City’s inner-ring suburbs are progressing in their work to develop a Community for All Ages. As reported by the Kansas City Star, by 2040 the area will have two and a half times the number of senior citizens that it has now. Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is working with national funders such as the Pfizer Foundation and Grantmakers In Aging to address the issues resulting from that ensuing demographic bulge. To date the project has produced a toolkit to help communities meet the needs of residents who want to age in place. Next on the agenda is development of a report card to address issues like housing, transportation and public spaces.

Baby boomers ill-prepared to retire, Nat'l Inst on Retirement Security says

posted Thu, Feb 20, 2014

A comfortable retirement is becoming more elusive for aging Americans, many of whom will have no choice but to work well into their golden years. Sparse savings, fewer pension plans, stagnant home values and rising health care costs have created a scenario in which many of the country's 70 million-plus baby boomers — who began retiring in earnest in 2011 — will struggle to live as well as their parents in old age. The National Institute on Retirement Security says that "92 percent of working households do not meet conservative retirement savings targets for their age and income."

CEO of Moore Foundation resigns abruptly

posted Thu, Feb 20, 2014

Steven McCormick, the president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, one of America’s 10 biggest grant makers, abruptly resigned Tuesday to pursue other “projects,” a spokeswoman for the Palo Alto grant maker said today, according to an article in The Chronicles of Philanthropy.

Japan leads world in employing elderly people

posted Wed, Feb 19, 2014

Japan’s employment rate has set a new record with more than 10% of its working population now made up of people aged 65 years and older, the Japan Daily Press reports. This is in stark contrast of its Western counterparts whose employment of those aged 65 years and older is only within 1-5% of its total employed population.

NYT: For many older Americans, an entrepreneurial path

posted Sat, Feb 8, 2014   by New York Times

According to a recent study published by the Kauffman Foundation and Legal Zoom, in 2013, about 20 percent of all new businesses were started by entrepreneurs aged 50 to 59 years, and 15 percent were 60 and over. In fact, over the last decade, the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity belongs to those in the 55-to-64 age group, according to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. A desire to work for oneself and create a business that is meaningful and has social impact at this stage of life, combined with a job market that makes it tough for workers over 50 to get hired, has clearly pushed more people to pursue the entrepreneurial path.

"Aging in place becomes easier" - The Villages in Washington, DC

posted Fri, Feb 7, 2014   by Washington Post

The Washington area is leading the country in the surge of senior villages, going from about five in 2010 to 40 that are up and running or in development, according to Village to Village Network, a national umbrella organization. Nationally, the number of villages registered with the network has increased from 50 in 2010 to 124 this year, with more in development. The first, in Boston, opened in 2002. Senior villages are typically organized in neighborhoods to offer older residents a variety of volunteer services — including grocery delivery, lawn mowing and transportation — and to connect members with providers of paid services. Membership fees in the Washington area usually are several hundred dollars a year.

Pew poll: Americans among least concerned about global aging

posted Tue, Feb 4, 2014   by Pew Research Global Attitudes Project

At a time when the global population of people ages 65 and older is expected to triple to 1.5 billion by mid-century, public opinion on whether the growing number of older people is a problem varies dramatically around the world, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Concern peaks in East Asia, where nearly nine-in-ten Japanese, eight-in-ten South Koreans and seven-in-ten Chinese describe aging as a major problem for their country. Europeans also display a relatively high level of concern with aging, with more than half of the public in Germany and Spain saying that it is a major problem. Americans are among the least concerned, with only one-in-four expressing this opinion.


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