Integrating nature in man life could bring the sense of belonging, identity, meaning and a clear aim that are also real for persons that retreat. We can build a hybrid society, using nature and the modern (industrial and digital) world.
Regarding communal housing and re-examining the american dream, SANAA's Moriyama houses by Japanese architect, Ryue Nishizawain is the best example we've seen. *Posted on behalf of the Palo Alto OpenIDEO local meet-up. Special thanks to Emily!
How might we all maintain wellbeing and thrive as we age? This book is meant to help answer this question. It is a guide on some important actions you can take that can help to transform your core sense of well being.
Neighborhood initiatives! When someone is aging and/or ill, those closest can do the most good, more often. Pair local kids groups (girl/boy scouts, 4-H, etc) with local seniors. Start a Neighborhood Watch - type group for seniors.
In the 21st century, dying will become known as a psychological process as much as a physical one. My grandfather died of Alzheimer's. His death was not abrupt, but lasted years. Society must learn to cope with this type of aging, dying and loss.
A TEDMED talk inspired me by describing a website "Let's Have Dinner and Talk about Death" that will help people think about the end of life. Aging (and all of life) is a prelude to death. It is hard to talk about old age and dying, so we don't.
I had the chance to interview two psychologists specialized in gero-psychology with a lot of research and practice experience. The conversation was very informative and hopefully will help other OpenIDEATORs in the ideating process.
Taking up a sport and joining a club at any age can be an amazing way of becoming embedded in a wonderful supportive community, comprising of multiple generations. The younger you start, the more you stand to gain.
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programmes) are programmes that encourage over 50s to get involved in community activities. It's a win-win: the seniors stay active and in touch with their community, while the community benefits too.
When do you know when a person gets "old"? In some countries, old people are those that retire at age 65. In others, life might be just restarting. Redefining the concept of old would allow us to unleash the value that older generations bring.
An interesting article discussing how the 'social infrastructure of a community plays a critical role in how prepared a city is when disaster strikes.' How can we look out for one another if we don't know who we live near and who may be vulnerable?