Discussion Topics

Aging in Place/Quality of Life

  • Practical ways to live alone when old
  • Maximize Aging in place
  • Practical aspects of aging in place: needs; options; and challenges
  • Housing: Sharing a single family home with private bedroom and bath with shared living, kitchen laundry etc.
  • Co-housing: living in community pre assisted living/adult family home
  • How to build connections between elders living in their own homes to share resources including caregivers.
  • Successful aging in place
  • Transportation
  • How to tell when it’s time to begin the process of moving parents out of their own homes?
  • Building community so aging people feel safe at home.
  • Form something similar to a “neighborhood watch” to use as an “education” platform
  • How do we ensure satisfying all our basic needs?

 

Care Systems and Values (Cultural/Individual, Economics, etc.)

  • Industry: Nursing homes, assisted living etc
  • How do they impact increase in health care and costs because of the economic gains of preserving life instead of paying attention to a “natural death”?
  • How do we move from a medical model of aging to a values model?
  • Palliative care conversations and education pre-hospice
  • Building a common base for making rational and reasonable decisions about healthcare and prolonging life
  • Develop awareness of geriatric medicine and assessment to family practice physicians and specialists (oncology, cardiology, urology- all of them!) The whole “team” needs to be a part of this effort to assess progress of patient and encourage people. To increase awareness and broaden community participation.
  • How to most effectively be prepared to voluntarily end one’s life
  • I work in the end-of-life (funeral) profession.  I am concerned that as a society we are not grieving well as evidenced by an increase in no funeral services.  I am very interested in creating a culture where life and death are planned and celebrated. Death is an accepted and more personal responsibility it taken to openly discuss our mortality.
  • How do we address the economic issues of caring for our elders: ie. More people going on Medicaid (ran out of personal funds) if needing skilled nursing care but fewer facilities willing to accept people who are non-private paying?
  • What are the pros and cons of being screened for certain inherited diseases?

 

Community Building

  • How can we create aging communities that can develop lifestyles that effectively replace the need for teams of professionals who focus on individually aging individuals?
  • How do we encourage more co-housing communities and shared housing?
  • Minding the gap: building the infrastructure in our communities
  • Multi-generational housing to allow for community activity and participation
  • Building community so aging people feel safe at home.
  • How can local governments and organizations assist in creating a community of seniors?
  • Urban environments are key: mobility most of all.  It must be convenient for people to give up their cars.
  • Complete streets/walkable transit/easy; timely; safe
  • Replace gentrification with gerontification
  • Cross generational communities.
  • Naturally occurring retirement centers-where are they in Pierce County?
  • Aging Teams

 

Education and Awareness

  • Form something similar to a “neighborhood watch” to use as an “education” platform
  • The community leadership in our community is missing when it comes to aging issues.  The majority of our citizens are in age denial. What practical steps can be taken to overcome those obstacles to bring aging issues to the forefront?
  • How do other countries deal with aging?
  • Communication: meetings/discussions; local visits to talk, share and learn

 

Personal Well Being

FINANCE

  • Financial abuse of seniors
  • Long term care insurance: pros and cons

LIFE STYLE

  • Behaviors and health care practices: how to bring this to the aged and get the interest to practice them
  • Access to healthier diets
  • How can we get the information we received tonight to others and especially to the 60-80 year olds: Exercise, eat the right foods, get immunizations, keep active etc?
  • Too many in retirement communities do nothing.

SPIRITUAL/EMOTIONAL

  • Spiritual issues in aging and facing death

 

Quality of Life

  • Mental exploration/creativity
  • Social engagement
  • Social event availability: how to arrange times and opportunity to attend
  • Bringing folks to opportunities where they can interface with others; a center where all can participate in some activity or another
  • Facilities for mobility: local and wider areas
  • Get people out of their rooms and expand their horizons
  • Outreach to widows and widowers
  • Producing exciting extra-curricular activities right here at home (“stay-cations” and other fun projects and activities).
  • What are the elements of Quality of Life?
  • Provide varied activities for elders
  • Yoga for elders
  • Humane Centers for the demented with acceptance of “new” personality
  • Spiritual issues in aging and facing death

 

Resource cultivation and volunteerism

  • How can we capitalize as a community, on the massive pool of talent and time that the “new old” could devote to the community service and volunteerism?  Senior Corps, Boomer Bangers, Boomer Boosters
  • Community readiness to serve seniors (Boomers)
  • How do we get Boomers to share their talents? There are not enough caregivers and we will need to care for each other.
  • Ways of connecting teens without direction with seniors who have been there
  • Integrate generations to share stories and histories
  • If I had a fulfilling job I wouldn’t want to retire from it.  With that in mind:
  • The drudge jobs ought to be shared to not only spare the pain but allow for a fulfilling life outside of them in the form of volunteerism that could also fill in for scarce government/social resources.
  • Communication: meetings/discussions; local visits to talk, share and learn