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Bill Thomas “Age of Disruption” Tour

Coming to Charlotte on April 20th. Learn more here.

Aging in Community: Exploring Options

8 weeks: September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13
Fridays, 9-11 am
Osher Life Long Learning Center, UNC Asheville
More information and registration at www.olliasheville.com

Rebecca Chaplin and Linda Glitz will moderate this series. Each week they and a guest lecturer will explore options for meaningful and interdependent lifestyles in our later years, from staying in your own home to a variety of other options. Using the articles included in Aging in Community as a jumping off point, participants will work toward a personal action plan with the help of readings, discussion and a virtual field trip. This course is open to anyone interested in options beyond isolation or the nursing home.
Required text: Aging in Community, Janice M. Blanchard, ISBN-13: 978-1482302653. Cost $17.32

Rebecca Chaplin, LS, MA is passionate about health and aging. She graduated with a master’s degree in gerontology from Naropa University in 2003 and has worked in gerontology research, policy and practice in the UK, Canada, and the United States.
Linda Giltz, AICP, MA, has been doing urban, rural, and regional planning work for almost twenty years. Most recently, Linda has focused more on planning issues related to older adults and newer models for housing and communities.

* Suggested Reading: Aging in Community (ed. Janice M. Blanchard, Second Journey Publications, 2013)

Session 1, September 25th: Starting Where You Are: Assess your needs, goals and resources as you age and explore an overview of options. This session will set the stage for all future classes.

Session 2, October 2nd: A New Frontier: Move beyond the false choice between aging in an institution or in isolation. This session will introduce the possibility of a new frontier: of Aging in Community. What might a community look like? What are the options? Learn more….

Session 3, October 9th: A Rich Design for Aging in Community: Learn more and discuss the possibilities for a new design of aging in community. This session will invite and exploration of possible site plans, unit designs, outdoor space, walkability, green and universal design.

Session 4, October 16th: The Social Environment: Explore the formal and informal experiences which foster a sense of belonging and interdependence among community members. How are decisions made? Disputes resolved? Differences honored?

Session 5, October 23rd: Virtual Field Trip: Take a virtual field trip though real-life local, regional and national examples for aging in community. All who are available

Session 6, October 30th: Social Policy: Challenges and Opportunities Understand the implications of social policy on aging in community and explore the opportunities for community support and governmental action to address social policy challenges.

Session 7: Community Resources: Moving beyond theory, learn about real experiences from a panel of people who have actually participated in the building of alternative communities. All who are available

Session 8: Finalizing Your Personal Plan: Re-examine your original perceptions of your needs and goals and revise as needed after learning more about the options and elements of aging in community. Leave with a personal commitment statement and action steps.

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