Shared lives and real relationships define the central values of aging in community, which also stress interdependence among those in need of care, their caregivers, and the crucial support of those caregivers.
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The American Society on Aging (ASA) is pleased to announce the seven 2014 ASA Award winners. The ASA Awards program recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations to the field of aging and to the ASA.
I asked Maria Dwight, a friend and longtime marketing and strategic planning guru, about changing dynamics and trends in senior communities. “The communities of the future will reflect the changing values of their members,” she said. “Race, religion, gender preferences, disabilities, etc., will be replaced by more secular interests and shared experiences.”
Community is about sharing our gifts with each other—giving and receiving, reciprocity, and value. Each individual brings something to the community and the community as a whole contributes to the well-being of the individual. Behind the concept of community is a solid foundation of responsibility—people make choices that affect the community and, in return, a community’s choices, made through policies, social structures, and institutions, need to support its members as well as its own long- term survival.
Last week we asked you what you were most looking forward to at the 2014 Aging in America Conference and the results are in... Of those answering our quick question, most are looking forward to getting fresh ideas at workshops, poster sessions and roundtables. AiA14 will host over 500 sessions that feature new information, research, and best practices from across the field of aging.
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