Aging in Community flyer- June 8 2016

Aging in Community: Homesharing and Other Mutual Support Strategies for Seniors

Sponsored by Hamilton Council on Aging,

Presented by Aging Together (E. Ryan, chair)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2:00-4:00pm

First Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn St S., Hamilton

Hamilton Housing Guide for Seniors

Announcing the 2015 Hamilton Housing Guide for Seniors developed by the Housing Committee (chaired by Carolann Fernandez) of the Hamilton Seniors Advisory Council.

Poem After Moving to Assisted Living

I Mourn the Things I Left Behind

Naomi Wingfield

I mourn the things I had to leave  behind.
Who has the spool bed we bought for our first home?
the cedar chest my husband made?
I miss my friend,  the birch tree in the garden, the birds and squirrels,
the old car in the driveway.
I miss the cooking pots, the slotted  spoon.

Click here, for the full poem:
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Greenhouse Project – Dr. Bill Thomas

Dr. Bill Thomas has led the development of the Greenhouse Project – which is now celebrating its 10th anniversary – with more than 100 Greenhouse programs across the USA.

Greenhouse Project envisions “homes in every community where elders and others enjoy excellent quality of life and quality of care; where they, their families, and the staff engage in meaningful relationships built on equality, empowerment, and mutual respect; where people want to live and work; and where all are protected, sustained, and nurtured without regard to the ability to pay.”

Collaborating with other organizations and groups, Greenhouse aims to lead the transformation of institutional long-term care by creating viable homes based on the Greenhouse vision in community after community. The aim is to create a home for 10-12 elders with varying care needs — through architecture emphasizing community living (indoor and outdoor home look), person-centred care by staff supported in building relationships within the home, and respect for individuality of residents and their families.

Green House Tour

Green House Project History

 Small Residences for the Elderly Provide More Personal, Homelike Care

Ellen’s Resources on Aging in Community

Kleiner96-WhereRiverTurnstoSkyBOOK NOTICE

Where River Turns to Sky

Gregg Kleiner; New York: Avon Books, 1996

George Castor responds to the dreary nursing home death of his best friend by selling his farm, buying a big old house in town, and ‘rescuing’ frail older people to share his home and give him life now that he has lost his dear wife.  This shout-for-joy poetic novel opens our imaginations to possibilities for aging in community.

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With this shadow photo, I bid you adieu

Ellen