To generate is to initiate, to inspire, and to originate something
that is meaningful, hopeful, and sustainable for ourselves and others.
In generativity, we become mentors and stewards.
We give back to our families and communities,
sharing our wisdom, experience, and passion,
and leaving a legacy.

Angeles Arrien

Hamilton Event — Strengthening Connections through Faith Communities

           Thursday, June 8th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
           Location: First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, 170 Dundurn St S

    Sponsors: Aging Together, Grace Lutheran Church, Hamilton Council on Aging

Introductory Presentations by Dr. Ellen Ryan and Rev. Loretta Jaunzarins

Small group discussions about strategies for supporting socially isolated seniors within faith communities

This event marks the launch of the New Horizons grant to Grace Lutheran Church and Aging Together to facilitate the work of faith communities to reach out to and support social isolated seniors.  This will include a Hamilton-Aging-in-Community website with links and news about services for seniors in the area and articles about strengthening connections for isolated seniors through faith communities.

Click here for flyer: Aging Together – FaithCommunities- June 8

AARP Social Isolation Project  

Fact Sheet: Social Connectedness

Fixing Broken Connections

Aging in Community

With a wave of seniors coming, why many are choosing to ‘age in place’ in Toronto condos

Aging Well

Lessons on Aging Well, From a 105-Year-Old Cyclist

Legacies of the Heart: Living A Life That Matters by [Newhouse, Margaret]

Book Review

Legacies of the Heart: Living a Life That Matter
Meg Newhouse; EBook Bakery Books, 2016.

Life coach Meg Newhouse challenges us to face a key question of the second half of life:  How do we live so that we shape our legacies consciously, so that the best of who we are and what we value lives on, at least in our family, for at least three generations?

Newhouse begins by highlighting that we inherit legacy from our parents and blood family as well as from the society within which they and we grow up. Through life review, we can identify the positive and negative aspects of that legacy. She underlines the importance of recognizing the negative legacies so that we can make new choices rather than fall into generational or societal patterns.   The table of contents makes it very clear that to leave a valuable legacy we must live a life that matters and that thinking backwards from our future legacy can help us clarify our life purpose at each stage of our journey.

The hourglass image helps us to conceptualize the passage from inheritance to contribution.  We inherit a multitude of intentional and unintentional legacies (physical, mental, social).  Newhouse suggests we filter them by choosing from the heart and then consciously pass on positive legacies from narrow and specific to broad and far-reaching.

Click here for more of the book review: Ryan17-Newhouse16-LegaciesHeart

 

With this friendship shadow photo,

I bid you adieu,

     Ellen