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In Thursday’s edition of Booming Forward, Dave Nemeth introduces us to a member of the baby boomer generation who refuses to slow down as long as he is able to make a difference in the lives of those who live in his community.

See the video above for more on Officer Loren Brumley, who works with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

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A positive attitude to ageing

September 12, 2014

Originally posted on Cambridge Medicine:

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The September International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled ‘Life course influences of physical and cognitive function and personality on attitudes to aging in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936’ by Susan D. Shenkin, Ken Laidlaw, Mike Allerhand, Gillian E. Mead, John M. Star and Ian J. Deary.

The population is ageing, with the proportion of people worldwide aged over 60 rising from 8% in 1950, to 10% in 2000 and 21% in 2050 1. This has led to widespread concern about the negative impact this may have on society. We were interested in exploring whether older people themselves share this negative view of ageing, or whether they might have a more positive outlook. We were also interested to explore what factors throughout their life predicted their attitudes to ageing.

We were able to do this using a group of people who have had detailed information collected about them throughout…

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Originally posted on Department of Social Science Health & Medicine at King's College, London:

On Monday 28th April, the British Library together with the Centre for Policy on Ageing; School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary University of London held a one-day public conference: “Portraying Ageing: Cultural Assumptions and Practical Implications”. The idea behind the conference was that age and ageing are not only biological events but also cultural and social constructions.

Dr Debora Price

Dr Debora Price

The ways in which individuals and the societies they live in construe and portray age and ageing are interesting, not only from a theoretical point of view but also, crucially, for how we understand and respond to an ageing population. The conference brought together experts from different backgrounds to share and discuss, from a variety of theoretical and practical viewpoints, the many ways in which age and ageing are portrayed and understood. It explores how insights from research can be translated into policy and practice and…

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Boom We Boomers Went

September 11, 2014

Originally posted on Vincit Omnia Veritas:

hippieturnsfatIt’s been a question I’ve pondered for some time, and noted here once or twice (way too lazy too look that up for ya). The question you ask?

Why did my peers from grade school to high school turn out so very differently on how we view the world? I’ve thought a lot about it, and read one book that shed some light on the subject. Not a light that made me very happy I might add.

I posited that to some degree, it had to do with those who ventured from the home base (Genesee County) and those who did not. But that is superficial at best. I know a strong liberal from Ann Arbor and a reactionary teabaggin’ fundamentalist from Traverse City, and a reactionary from the Phoenix area. So go figure.

No attempt to define the divide is perfect for quite obvious reasons, people are individualized too…

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Originally posted on Quartz:

Kids today with their selfies and their Snapchats and their love of literature.

Millennials, like each generation that was young before them, tend to attract all kinds of ire from their elders for being superficial, self-obsessed, anti-intellectuals. But a study out today from the Pew Research Center offers some vindication for the younger set. Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd, Pew found in a survey of more than 6,000 Americans.

Some 88% of Americans younger than 30 said they read a book in the past year compared with 79% of those older than 30. At the same time, American readers’ relationship with public libraries is changing—with younger readers less likely to see public libraries as essential in their communities.

Overall, Americans are buying more books than they borrow, the study found. Among those who read at least one book in the past year, more than half said…

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Originally posted on L'anthropologie, et le reste:

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In a recent conversation with a friend of mine, we thought it would be useful to create a list of questions that could replace the common questions people in our demographic are often asked by our elders. The inauthentic exchanges we often face (via questions like “How are you?” “What are your plans?” “How’s school?”) serve as a comfortable buffer for them.  These questions also function as their system of valuation of us and our lives’ progress. Those types of questions do not generally facilitate a genuine exchange for us to express ourselves openly and to be heard. We need a more well-rounded approach to helping young people self-actualize.

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Originally posted on Stephen Mattson:

When it comes to helping people with self-esteem, health, and respect concerning their body image—and the image of the others—we often rightfully focus on helping kids, teenagers, and young adults.

They face body-shaming, bullying, and extreme marketing and advertising pressure to fulfill impossible standards. After years of being continuously bombarded with millions of—often photoshopped—images of what perfect humans are “supposed to look like,” our youth culture has become unprepared to deal with the antithesis of the flawless body: the natural process of growing old.

This has created a generation that’s become uncomfortable with facing the existence of aging—often perceiving older people as having less value and worth. Although this truth will never be verbally admitted or acknowledged, our corporate actions—or lack thereof — reveal a callous, apathetic, and ignorant attitude.

Ironically, our society’s obsession with body shaming and body image has resulted in the elderly being one of our…

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