Creating Community for a Lifetime
Update Report July 26, 2004

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CCFL Calendar

Summer Reading - Introduction


Baby Boomers View Retirement

Making Connections


CCFL Calendar

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Welcome to the Creating Community for a Lifetime newsletter, a periodic resource to help Core Council and Community Advisory Team members keep current on initiative activities and support continuous learning about aging issues. Over the summer, the CCFL newsletter will provide learning opportunities to help prepare us for our September work sessions.

This issue includes brief readings on aging trends, research on baby boomers, and the Aging in Place initiative to support your learning.

In future newsletters, we will provide materials focusing on innovative approaches to creating communities for a lifetime as well as ideas for structuring community-wide planning on aging issues. We welcome your suggestions for future readings and responses to ideas in the newsletter!

  • Summer Reading - Introduction
  • While the AdvantAge Initiative survey being conducted this summer will give us valuable insights into how older adults in Kent County view their community's "elder-friendliness", it's important also to consider what aging experts and those approaching 60 have to say about the future. It's also vital to start considering integrated, holistic approaches to addressing the AI survey findings for the four domains: meeting basic needs, maintaining physical and mental health, promoting civic and social engagement and optimizing independence for frail and disabled adults. The following readings provide helpful insights into aging trends, baby boomer perspectives and one approach to integrating a variety of older adult needs/opportunities into community planning.

  • Trends
  • Ten Trends That Will Change Retirement "Retirement beyond the year 2000 will be influenced by increased longevity, the size and influence of the boomer generation, and higher expectations for retirement life," according to Helen Dennis, a lecturer at Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dr. Dennis' summary of these trends has broad implications for professionals in aging, policymakers, employers and midlife adults.

    Read on...
  • Baby Boomers View Retirement
  • These Four Walls - Americans 45+ Talk About Home and Community reports that "community characteristics and services are just as important as home features for successful aging in place." Read on...

    Help Wanted in Reinventing Work discusses the need to create a "lifespan-friendly" workplace to accommodate the needs and ambitions of baby boomers as they reach retirement age. Read on...

    Reinventing Aging: Baby Boomers and Civic Engagement is a comprehensive report spotlighting "key issues that must be addressed to involve large numbers of baby boomers in volunteer activities as they reach retirement." Read "Report Highlights", pages 5-8

  • Making Connections
  • Aging in Place "Changing health care needs, loss of mobility, financial concerns, home maintenance and increasing property taxes. present significant impediments to this simple and primary desire for older adults to remain in their communities. Aging in Place is a diverse range of programs that address these impediments, seeking to retain senior citizens as integral and productive members of their communities," according to Aging in Place - A Toolkit for Local Governments. For a good overview of this integrated approach to creating community for a lifetime, see three short articles:

    Making the Case for Aging in Place pg. 22-23

    Five Successful Aging in Place Programs pg. 24-25

    Solving the Healthcare/Housecare Equation pg. 4-8

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