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Kathy Greenlee's farewell blog as she departs ACL

posted Fri, Jul 29, 2016   by Administration for Community Living

Today is Kathy Greenlee's last day at the Administration for Community Living. She posted this blog as her farewell to the aging and disability community.

Founder of Hope Meadows, Generations of Hope retires

posted Sun, Jul 24, 2016   by Press Release from Generations of Hope

Generations of Hope announces new President and CEO FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Champaign, Illinois, July 23, 2016 – Following the retirement of Dr. Brenda Eheart founder and President, Generations of Hope is pleased to welcome Tom Berkshire as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Berkshire has taken over the duties as President and CEO promoting the development of multiple intergenerational neighboring communities being created around the country. He will oversee the development of a consulting and information service that reaches out and provides services to new intentional communities serving elders and vulnerable populations. Mr. Berkshire joins Generations of Hope with over 35 years’ experience in government policy, child welfare administration and consulting, most recently as President at New Century Retirement Living. Before that, he was Chief of Staff for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, President and CEO of Illinois Easter Seal Society, Human Service Policy Liaison for Governor James R Thompson, and Human Service Planner for Governor Dan Walker. He has worked in program planning and budgeting in Connecticut and Wisconsin state government and for San Diego County and the Greater London Council. Mr Berkshire has been a consultant to Generations of Hope for the last seven years. “Creating new types of communities that provide affordable housing for seniors and address a significant issue such has improving the lives of foster children or helping older youth with developmental differences find a safe and interesting life is an exciting service to lead. Dr Eheart, our founder has initiated a truly remarkable new type of community, beginning with Hope Meadows in Rantoul in 1994. Her concept of an neighboring community providing a quality life for vulnerable populations and seniors continues to be expanded throughout the United States. I am pleased to carry on her wonderful, award winning work.” Generations of Hope provides developmental services to individuals and organizations who wish to create an intentional inter-generational neighborhood for populations such as foster-adoptive children, youth aging out of foster care, people with developmental differences and wounded warrior families providing a quality, helping lifestyle for seniors and a vulnerable population . It is currently working on twenty projects around the country and in Canada. berkshire5@comcast.net 217.381.9403 Huntington Tower 201 W. Springfield, Suite 209 Champaign, IL 61820 Phone: 217-363-3080 ghdc.generationsofhope.org

Feather: The Economic Case For Age-Friendly Communities

posted Fri, Jul 22, 2016   by the Huffington Post

If we are going to get anywhere building lifelong communities that work for everyone, we must be able to show that older people, far from being the economic drain they are sometimes painted to be, are an economic boon, says John Feather in his latest Huffington Post blog. Age-friendly communities can help us re-imagine our cities and towns, improve services, and stimulate economic growth. Framed this way, age-friendly communities become economic engines, not cost centers. So engage your mayor. Crunch some numbers with your regional economist. Befriend an urban planner. Take a real estate developer to lunch. Communities for all ages need allies in every sector.

"America, Let's Do Lunch" campaign from Meals on Wheels

posted Wed, Jul 20, 2016   by Meals on Wheels YouTube

Great new ad campaign to recruit volunteers for Meals on Wheels, produced by The Ad Council. We welcome Meals on Wheels as a new GIA affiliate member.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundations Launches New Guide to Help Older Adults

posted Tue, Jul 19, 2016   by Healthy, Delicious Food at Every Age

As part of this Healthy Food Fund initiative, the Foundation recently published a guide for older adults called “Healthy, Delicious Food at Every Age,” which provides easy-to-use information on eating and living well as an older adult – including tips on how to shop for, cook and even grow your own healthy food, and features recipes and important information on how food interacts with common medications. Enclosed is a copy for your use. Please contact Deborah Liu at Deborah_liu@harvardpilgrim.org for additional copies.

Aging Societies Should Make More of Mentorship: Freedman & Stamp

posted Thu, Jul 7, 2016   by Harvard Business Review

In this piece by Encore.org's Marc Freedman and Eisner Foundation's Trent Stamp for the Harvard business Review, the authors argue that research by Harvard Medical School professor George Vaillant demonstrates that older people who mentor and support younger people in work and in life are three times as likely to be happy as those who fail to engage in this way. And there is a substantial body of knowledge showing that younger people themselves can reap many benefits for this kind of sponsorship and support. Valliant goes on to argue that the benefit derived these connections isn’t just luck, it’s essential to human nature—stating simply that “biology flows downhill,” that we’re wired to come together across the ages. If biology flows downhill, shouldn’t society as well—especially when society will contain more older people than ever before, while becoming more dependent than ever on the productivity of a relatively smaller cohort of young people?

 

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