Changing the Norm – “A Social Revolution in Residential Care”

We have talked extensively in previous blogs about something that has become known as the ‘loneliness epidemic’. What is it? This refers to the alarmingly high rates of social isolation reported by seniors. Feelings of isolation can stem from loneliness, depression, or social anxiety, and are closely correlated with rapid mental and physical decline. Many […]

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Reaching Out and Coming Together

I recently read an article by Senior Planet entitled “Aging Alone Doesn’t Have to Mean Lonely”. (Link Here). It brought up an important and often overlooked point: living alone does not necessarily mean one is lonely. According to a study from the University of California San Francisco, people aged 65 and under living alone are […]

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Taking the Lead, and Seeing the Light

As we prepare for our next CircleTalk Leader Certification Course on November 11th, I came across a wonderful piece of writing. It was written by Jack Williamson, a newly trained CircleTalk leader who was reflecting on his recent experience. Here’s what he had to say:   When lights come on… I am gratified when I […]

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In Defense of Living Until Ninety

Dr. George Vaillant, long-time director of the Harvard Grant Study of human development, wrote a critical commentary on Ezekiel Emanuel’s much-discussed article asserting that he planned not live beyond age 75. Vaillant has a different point of view: “For myself, once frightened of aging, I retired at 72, turning the directorship of the Harvard Study […]

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Looking for Purpose

Yesterday, as I sat in my home office looking out the front window, I noticed my neighbor of 25 years standing in her driveway waiting and watching the mailwoman deliver mail to everyone around her but not to her house. After 61 years, Barb and her husband Frank had moved into an assisted living community a […]

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