70candles! Gatherings a Leader's Guide

Author: Jane Giddan,Ellen Cole, PhD

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998106816


Page: N.A

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This guide answers requests made on our 70candles.com blog. Women near and in their 70's have asked for opportunities to discuss, with their age-mates, issues important to them. This booklet will help you create, host, and facilitate 70Candles! Gatherings in your geographic area. Our book, 70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade, published by the Taos Institute, identifies and discusses themes and topics that we've found matter most to women our age in this unique era of extended longevity. These topics are wonderful catalysts for rich discussion. We've discovered how much women enjoy talking with each other about common-held issues-joys and challenges-and we've seen how important other women are to a sense of well-being as we age. In the pages that follow you will find guidelines and suggestions for conducting a "somewhat organized" gathering. These ideas will be useful, whether you meet just once or continue on a regular basis over time. We hope you find the conversations as lively and heartfelt, poignant and inspiring, as we have. Be ready to laugh a lot and perhaps shed a few tears, all in the company of your age-mates.

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology

Author: Carla Willig,Wendy Stainton Rogers

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1526422867

Category: Psychology

Page: 664

View: 9051


One of our bestselling handbooks, The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology, is back for a second edition, with updated chapters and three new chapters introduced on Thematic Analysis, Interpretation and Netnography.

Making Time for Making Music

How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life

Author: Amy Nathan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190611618

Category: Music

Page: 240

View: 4595


Are you a former music-maker who yearns to return to music, but aren't sure where to begin? Or are you a person who never played music as a child but you are now curious about trying? You're not alone. Many adults who used to play an instrument haven't touched it in years because either they can't find the time to practice, are afraid their skills are too rusty, or are unsure of what kind of group they could join. Others are afraid to sing or start playing an instrument because they received negative feedback from childhood experiences. Performing, practicing, and composing music may seem like unattainable goals with insurmountable obstacles for busy adults with non-musical careers. Making Time for Making Music can help adults find ways to make music part of their lives. The first book of its kind, it is filled with real-life success stories from more than 350 adults who manage to fit music-making into their jam-packed schedules. They polished rusty skills, found musical groups to join, and are having a great time. Their testimonies prove that you are never too old to learn to make music, and that there are numerous musical paths to explore. Featuring advice from dozens of music educators, health care professionals, and music researchers who point out that making music can even be good for your health as well as an extensive resource list of websites, organizations, and summer programs, this book offers inspiration and tried-and-true strategies for anyone who wishes to return to music-making or begin as an adult.

Golden Years?

Social Inequality in Later Life

Author: Deborah Carr

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 1610448774

Category: Social Science

Page: 375

View: 7607


Thanks to advances in technology, medicine, Social Security, and Medicare, old age for many Americans is characterized by comfortable retirement, good health, and fulfilling relationships. But there are also millions of people over 65 who struggle with poverty, chronic illness, unsafe housing, social isolation, and mistreatment by their caretakers. What accounts for these disparities among older adults? Sociologist Deborah Carr’s Golden Years? draws insights from multiple disciplines to illuminate the complex ways that socioeconomic status, race, and gender shape the nearly every aspect of older adults’ lives. By focusing on an often-invisible group of vulnerable elders, Golden Years? reveals that disadvantages accumulate across the life course and can diminish the well-being of many. Carr connects research in sociology, psychology, epidemiology, gerontology, and other fields to explore the well-being of older adults. On many indicators of physical health, such as propensity for heart disease or cancer, black seniors fare worse than whites due to lifetimes of exposure to stressors such as economic hardships and racial discrimination and diminished access to health care. In terms of mental health, Carr finds that older women are at higher risk of depression and anxiety than men, yet older men are especially vulnerable to suicide, a result of complex factors including the rigid masculinity expectations placed on this generation of men. Carr finds that older adults’ physical and mental health are also closely associated with their social networks and the neighborhoods in which they live. Even though strong relationships with spouses, families, and friends can moderate some of the health declines associated with aging, women—and especially women of color—are more likely than men to live alone and often cannot afford home health care services, a combination that can be isolating and even fatal. Finally, social inequalities affect the process of dying itself, with white and affluent seniors in a better position to convey their end-of-life preferences and use hospice or palliative care than their disadvantaged peers. Carr cautions that rising economic inequality, the lingering impact of the Great Recession, and escalating rates of obesity and opioid addiction, among other factors, may contribute to even greater disparities between the haves and the have-nots in future cohorts of older adults. She concludes that policies, such as income supplements for the poorest older adults, expanded paid family leave, and universal health care could ameliorate or even reverse some disparities. A comprehensive analysis of the causes and consequences of later-life inequalities, Golden Years? demonstrates the importance of increased awareness, strong public initiatives, and creative community-based programs in ensuring that all Americans have an opportunity to age well.


Author: Norman Giddan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998106847


Page: 102

View: 599


These seven plays feature humans and birds-grackles. Our grackles are concerned for their own survival, but they also want what's best for human beings. Themes of bullying, safety, health and well-being appear in the plays, with recognition of the importance of family for support, protection and comfort. Grackles may be alert to problems, but humans are the necessary and required element for their solutions. These plays are suitable for young students and teens, and the material would be useful in drama programs and acting training in schools, camps, and children's theatre workshops.