The Importance of Respecting and Including Older Adults

The Importance of Respecting and Including Older Adults

In a society that glorifies youth and change in its popular imagery, the common negative images of age and aging can fuel disrespectful behavior. Among the ageist biases reported, older people felt they were thought of as useless, less intelligent, stingy and a burden. As a group, there is a perception in developed countries that…

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Making Communities Socially Inclusive for Older Adults

Making Communities Socially Inclusive for Older Adults

The World Health Organization’s report on age-friendly cities says, “Social participation and social support is connected to good health and well-being throughout life.” Since humans are social creatures, inclusion, or a sense of community, is key to living a long and fulfilling life. Most of us enjoy spending time with friends, family, and colleagues.  Beyond…

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Inclusiveness for an Aging Population

Inclusiveness for an Aging Population

(Image Courtesy of Larrygrams) Americans are living longer than ever before. Thanks to advances in healthcare technologies we have increased the life expectancy by an average of roughly 30 years since 1900. Considering a person in Oregon lives until they are approximately 79.5 and the average age of retirement is 66, this leaves 13.5 golden…

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Age Friendly Communities: Transportation

Age Friendly Communities: Transportation

Welcome to our second issue on Age-friendly cities. Last time we discussed Outdoor Spaces and Buildings and now we are digging into Transportation. Even if you have lots of inviting parks near you, it doesn’t matter if you can’t get there on time. As we age, accomplishing daily tasks like driving and parking may become…

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Age-Friendly Communities: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

Age-Friendly Communities: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

In 2007 the World Health Organization released its report Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide, in which it details specific criteria for Outdoor Spaces and buildings. Both of these are vital as our environment has a direct effect on our well-being, both mental and physical. A stroll in the park or a comfortable bench may not…

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