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Reimagine The Difference Your Support
Can Make in the Life of a Senior.

We are looking to make a difference in communities around the nation with your help!  We encourage you to reimagine the stigma that has been placed on aging as less able and see the great contributions seniors are making today.  Imagine the assistance we can offer seniors today as valuable and worth the investment in caring for their lives and safety as we do all members of society that find themselves vulnerable.   They have contributed to the society at all levels and now deserve our support.

 

Now imagine helping to close the digital divide that stops the flow of life saving information with the use of helpful technology.  Imagine that by the year 2030 when over 6 out of 10 people in the world will be over 60, but with community pushing health and wellness, fewer and fewer are dependent.  We are all aging, let us make the community better for our seniors today so it will continue to get and better when we become seniors tomorrow.

In Bejing, before cranking up the techno music at his 80th birthday party, Wang Deshun, the man known as “China’s hottest grandpa” paused from his D.J. duties to poke fun at the country’s staid traditional celebrations for the elderly.

“I should wear a long robe, with the word ‘longevity’ embroidered on the front,”  Far from looking frail, the silver-haired actor, model and artist wore a crisp white shirt and black jeans, his back straight and his eyes glittering with humor.

Mr. Wang said he was always athletic. An avid swimmer as a child, he still swims more than half a mile each day. “Morning is my learning time,” he said. “I read books and news. From 3 to 6 p.m. is my exercise time, in a gym near my home.”

He also drinks less alcohol now, he said, but that is about as far as his dietary restrictions go. “I am not picky at all about what I eat. I eat whatever I want.”

Mr. Wang was born in the northeastern city of Shenyang in 1936, one of nine children of a cook and a stay-at-home mother. 

Ericka Tillis,

The Senior Advocate

Seniors Reimagined

Seniors Reimagined

After deciding that she wanted a little adventure in her life, Barbara Hillary became the first black woman to reach both the north and south poles at age 79. Hillary was a two-time cancer survivor and had lost 25 percent of her breathing capacity from surgery for lung cancer. Despite this obstacle, she started training and raised $25,000 to fund her expedition. On April 23, 2007, and set the record for being the first black woman to set foot on the North Pole. Four years later, on Jan. 6, 2011, she stood at the South Pole at 79 years old.  She passed in November 2019 with goals fulfilled.   In 2020, Barbara Hillary was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, as reported by the New York Times.

 

Amazing accomplishments do not discriminate by age! Older adults across the globe are showing off their skills and setting amazing records. These older adults demonstrate perseverance and serve as an example to all that it is never too late to accomplish your goals. 

Health and wellness is key to good health and we are taking the steps to move the conversations forward to educate our communities on the support needed to help seniors thrive no matter what condition they are in.  We are educating the communities around us on support of seniors who need assistance and raising awareness to improve their health, access to information and activities that help them thrive, accomplish goals and champion loneliness with community.   We can stop seniors suffering in silence and bring laws and city resolutions in place for support and active efforts to create a community of outreach, support, and assistance!  We need voices, we need votes, we need volunteers and as a community we can reimagine what it means to be a senior citizen, what contributions they can still make, no matter age or condition.  We can enrich lives when we work together for a better community.  We are Better Together.  Click the Join Us link and help stop suffering in silence with action for housing needs, ambulatory needs, senior living assistance, emergency planning, home transitions, and so much more.   We can all be champions for our elderly, and it can start now.  Be alerted as we introduce new resolutions / laws for senior inclusion.

 

Ericka Tillis,

The Senior Advocate 

Image Source: Smithsonian Magazine

We had a lot of fun getting to know our neighbors of the Sol St. Community at the National Night Out celebrated on August 2nd.

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