Community Building

Individualism thwarts community thinking – genetic chip

Walk, move around, intergenerational living space

Age segregation – Age integration (ideal)

Avoid visible and invisible fences

Living and community setting people can afford

Agenda fences are gone – intra-community sharing

A collection of community organizations don’t add up to a community

Create a physical vision, not just esoteric

The model will solve a lot more problems than aging

Models DO exist

Need a health care model that works as if it served community

Diabetic seniors on a bus to a casino…

Issue of how to get community involved

Ageism is an issue

Self-sustaining intergenerational community – seniors are contributing to good of community

Seniors have capacity to contribute

Other cultures get it in creating a meaningful place/role for elders

Allow people to continue to have purposeful instead of productive lives

Greatest stress at any age is aimlessness


Practical care giving skills, especially when roles are reversed

How can we possibly pay for these services….and the demand?

Western culture denies that people die; it’s in our language

Death is not real to us…especially to younger generation

How do we make death real for the younger generation?

We are not allowed to watch the reality of death on TV

Awareness of the “Third Age”

Old age in a new age – great book

To pay for all of this – Social Capitalism

Support groups need better facilitators, support and answers