August is a time of transition as our children anticipate their return to school or university, some anxious about their first move away from home. Friends, parents and grandparents also may be making significant changes: downsizing from a family home, moving to a warmer climate or entering an assisted living or skilled nursing community. At Circle of Life, we continue to uncover resources that can ease those transitions ensuring that our older loved ones enjoy their lives to the fullest. Here is some news from across the network and a schedule of fall events that may be of interest.
Keep in touch,
As if caring for children and parents is not sufficiently challenging, most of us are on call 24/7, tethered to our cell phones, iPads and computers. Before summer ends, read Rewired, How to Work Smarter, Live Better, and Be Purposefully Productive in an Overwired World written by friend Dr. Camille Preston. This short gem provides practical suggestions for finding "balcony time" - quiet time for reflection and renewal - with strategies to improve the quality and quantity of time available to spend with those you love. Order a copy .
Shaping the Developing Brain
Recently, I had dinner in NYC with Glenda Greenwald, President of the Aspen Brain Forum, a think tank that brings together leading researchers to accelerate progress in brain research across all stages of life. If you're interested in the brain health of your children or grandchildren, register for the conference in NYC this fall. The program includes an informative session about nutrition and brain development, important at all ages.
Trends in Care
Are you crazed by the fragmentation of services available to your family, wasting time and money trying to find support? You're not alone. Friends Mick and Mary Koffend founded Accountable Aging Care Management as a "one-stop" resource, providing assistance with home care, transportation, bill paying, and housing transitions, helping families access government programs and benefits that fund care. It's no surprise that their service area is growing rapidly from Austin to Dallas and San Antonio, Texas. Read their latest newsletter .
Calling all Entrepreneurs
Do you wear a Fitbit®or Up® by Jawbone to monitor your activity? What else would enable personal mobility across the life span? That's the design challenge for 2014-2015 by Stanford's Center on Longevity and friends Dr. Katy Fike and Stephen Johnston of Aging 2.0. Register for the kick off on September 23rd or follow the teams on Facebook and Twitter at #movedesign.