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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?

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?

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"...a new service which supports men at the transition point into retirement [... supporting] older people at the point where they are most vulnerable to becoming isolated. Our focus is now on the prevention of isolation before it happens." The AWC

"...a new service which supports men at the transition point into retirement [... supporting] older people at the point where they are most vulnerable to becoming isolated. Our focus is now on the prevention of isolation before it happens." The AWC

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“The Self-Administered Interview (SAI) tool has been scientifically proven to preserve and protect eyewitness memory by eliciting a detailed recall account at the scene of an incident or soon after.”

“The Self-Administered Interview (SAI) tool has been scientifically proven to preserve and protect eyewitness memory by eliciting a detailed recall account at the scene of an incident or soon after.”

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A great contribution… thank you for sharing this,

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Annie commented on Book of the Future

I think this is a great idea, I can see a need for something like this. I tend to agree with Meena that a non-linear format, and therefore conversation, might be better... Maybe A5 cards with space for notes etc. on the back, but contained somehow so that they are still loose leaves that can be reordered.

I can see something like this being useful with my mum, who is 54, and with my grandmother who is 79. The questions are different of course, but I see a place with each of them.

The topics that come to mind from personal experience are: money, the financial situation my mother will be in come retirement age would be a great conversation to have. It would encourage her to actively think about this more, and put my mind at ease to know that she is thinking about it.

With my grandmother, the elephant in the room is funeral arrangements. She is fit and healthy, but has nagging away at her an uncomfortable situation that needs addressing: would she still prefer to be buried in the family ‘plot’ with her late husband and son as was always 'the plan', or would she prefer to make arrangements with her second husband of over twenty years (as she feels obliged to do). Painful conversations that need to be had. Also, her husband, although younger, is less able to live independently and she frets constantly that he will be forgotten and abandoned if she were to go first. This worry is not good for her, and I believe would be eased by having the conversation out in the open.

Another conversation that comes to mind is the care of a disabled family member, my mother works with adults with learning disabilities and Autism, and often sees painful family spats over who's responsibility it is to visit or care for the individuals my mum works with. She has commented before how situations like this, where family members fight causing upset for all, could be eased by having guided conversations and openly talking about what there options are.

That may have been a bit of an 'overshare' ;) but I think you may be onto something good here.....

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Annie commented on Survival of the Sociable

I'd like to add Jeffrey Hirsch's The Importance of Social Capital as an inspiration from my bookmarks but it won't let me for some reason, so I'll acknowledge it here.