Aging and Community

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. ~George Washington Carver

Today, my mother-in-law Edna is in the hospital having tests to confirm a suspected stroke. End-of-life issues are so difficult. How do we determine when to intervene medically and when to let the aged die peacefully? Just because we can prolong life, should we always, despite the suffering it may bring?

What about more community-oriented solutions? As do so many in her generation, Edna tried to stay in her own home and had to move to an institution when she could no longer do so. Moran and Rollins predict that the baby boomers will “transform traditional models of independent living” in this article. And the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging and Community has this as a philosophy: “The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community is guided by the belief that it must move beyond the medical model in its approach to aging issues, viewing older adults holistically and acknowledging that they are community assets.” Amen.

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2 Responses to Aging and Community

  1. woodka says:

    I think a lot of the new senior living facilities are beginning to exemplify this trend. Portland in particular is being very progressive, and I’m hearing good reports from blogger friends who are moving their. Walkable communities, educational opportunities and interaction with local schools and the community, etc. Good stuff!

  2. Lyn says:

    Portland is ahead in so many ways. If I thought I could stand the lack of sunshine, I’d love to be there! Yes, a walkable community sounds ideal.

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