All posts in "Aging"

#1173 Youth teach the old in Mentor Up

By Cathryn Wellner / December 5, 2014

The premise behind Mentor Up is simple: You know it. They need it. AARP, the American Association of Retired People, knows a lot of older people are stumped by the dizzying advances in technology. At the same time, younger people are born into the technology maelstrom and adapt easily to constant change. So AARP started […]


#1169 Old people are good for the planet

By Cathryn Wellner / November 26, 2014

As humans hit their “productive” years in industrial societies, they buy cars and houses and consumer goods. They drive children to ballet lessons and hockey games. While all that adds money into an economic system that relies on our lining up to shed cash as quickly as we acquire it, the cost to the planet […]


#1058 Music finds the vibrant soul inside dementia patients

By Cathryn Wellner / July 14, 2014

The elderly and infirm may look empty, but they are Alive Inside. That is the title of a film being released this month that will make you look at people with dementia and major cognitive and physical challenges with new eyes. Dan Cohen is the visionary behind it. He is a social worker who volunteered […]


#1053 It’s not over till the old lady dances

By Cathryn Wellner / July 9, 2014

Paddy began dancing when she was two and a half years old. She stopped to rear four children. Years later she and her husband moved to Spain. He died there 18 months later. She wanted something to do so began taking lessons at Nico’s dance academy. This was not just a whim. It was a […]


#1006 The little old woman who said NO to power

By Cathryn Wellner / May 18, 2014

Edith Macefield was happy in the old farmhouse and wanted to live there until she died. As the Ballard neighbourhood in Seattle densified around her, she hung on. She stayed even when developers offered her $1 million to sell her home. When her blue-collar neighbourhood became upscale, she stayed put. When concrete walls were poured […]

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