Worth Repeating: “A Dose of Creativity” Shows What EngAGE Is About

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you
previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun!
From 10/22/15:

WORTH-REPEATING“What happens when growing older becomes synonymous with growing creatively? People who were invisible become visible, says Tim Carpenter, founder and executive director of EngAge.” Take a look at this wonderful new video, “A Dose of Creativity,” produced by Aroha Philanthropies, which features residents from Burbank Senior Artists Colony and North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony, and read the accompanying post from NextAvenue. This is what EngAGE is about!


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Profiles: Norman Lear

PROFILES“Profiles” is an EngAGE Blog category devoted to occasional posts about older people who have made a significant creative impact in our world. Today’s subject: NORMAN LEAR. A  documentary entitled, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, airs nationally as part of the PBS American Masters series at 9 p.m (ET) on Tuesday, Oct. 25. In the documentary, Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, says, “Television can be broken into two parts: BN and AN. Before Norman and After Norman. He’s the most influential producer in the history of television because of this gigantic change that happened when All in the Family hit the air.” Norman Lear is 93 years old.


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Job Opening at EngAGE: Programs Director at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

Work ZoneWould you like to work for EngAGE? We’re looking for someone to be Programs Director at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, one of our beautiful flagship properties. Get the details here on our website. Deadline to apply is 11/15. This is a great part-time opportunity for someone with creative talent and administrative skill to help us change aging and the way people think about aging!



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Tim Carpenter at Aging Well Conference on 10/29

EngAGE Founder and Executive Director Tim Carpenter will give a workshop on storytelling classes for elders at the Aging Well Conference in Portland, OR. Tim once worked as a journalist and advertising copywriter, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University. He began his career in creative aging by teaching a writing class at four affordable senior housing communities in 1998. See a previous post for a fond memory Tim has of those days.





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2016 United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP)

idop-60-countsFriend of EngAGE Ashton Applewhite was one of the distinguished speakers at the UN’s International Day of Older Persons. In her newsletter, Ashton commented:

“People were really listening, to the Ambassador from Argentina (Argentina sponsored the event) and to my colleagues on the panel that followed: Burhan Gafoor, the Ambassador of Singapore; Alana Officer of the World Health Organization in Geneva; and Necodemus Chipfupa the South Africa Regional Director for HelpAge International—what fantastic company! Edith Lederer, Chief AP Correspondent for the UN, was kind enough to give me the last word, in response to a question about the relationship between ageism, sexism and racism. The women’s movement, I pointed out, largely left women of color behind, the civil rights movement did little to promote equal rights for women, and no one was considering people with disabilities. I closed with, ‘This time around we have the chance to build a movement that is truly inclusive. Everyone ages. Let’s do it right.'”

Here’s the link to the full three hour presentation. If you don’t want to commit to watching the entire event, it’s worthwhile to take a look at the brief video right after the introduction. It shows the reactions of people who try to buy something from a staged food truck that won’t serve anyone over the age of 40! (“You’re just not a good fit.”)


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Profiles: Chuck Berry

PROFILES“Profiles” is an EngAGE Blog category devoted to occasional posts about older people who have made a significant creative impact in our world. Today’s subject: CHUCK BERRY. The legendary guitarist, considered by many to be the “father of rock and roll,” will be 90 on October 18th.



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The Casino Trap: Gambling Addiction in Older People

From an alarming AARP Bulletin report by John Rosengren about gambling addiction in older people and the complicity of casinos:

casino“Older adults are an especially desirable demographic for the gaming industry because they fill the floors during off-peak hours, and casinos market to them aggressively, offering discounts on breakfast and lunch, free drinks and guarantees to ‘instantly win up to $1,000 Free Slot Play!’ They stage free daytime entertainment such as polka dancing, magic shows and live ‘Golden Oldies’ shows. The ‘Third of the Month Club’ provides complimentary shuttles from senior centers and retirement housing complexes on the day they receive their Social Security checks. Some casinos stock their bathrooms with adult diapers and disposal receptacles for diabetics’ needles. They provide wheelchairs, walkers and more handicapped parking spots than a hospital. One Nevada casino operated an on-site pharmacy—since closed—where accumulated play credits could cover the standard $25 copay on medications.”

Casinos may even assign “hosts” to make sure their older gamblers are taken care of by “befriending” them, dining with them and asking if they’ve taken their medications. It’s not difficult to get vulnerable people hooked on the gambling experience.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, one place you can get help is The National Council on Problem Gambling, which operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network (1-800-522-4700). The network is a single national access point to local resources for those seeking help for a gambling problem. The network consists of 28 call centers which provide resources and referrals for all 50 states, Canada and the US Virgin Islands. Help is available 24/7 and is 100% confidential. You can also connect with them via text at 1-800-522-4700 and via chat at www.ncpgambling.org/chat.


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Worth Repeating: The Value of Older Workers

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you
previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun!
From 10/25/15:

WORTH-REPEATINGWe wrote a post about Barbara Beskind almost two years ago, but she’s still making news:

“At 91, Barbara Beskind is three times the age of many of the people around the table. She was hired at IDEO (a design and innovation consulting firm) two years ago, after she saw a 60 Minutes segment on the company’s founder, David Kelley. She wrote a letter to IDEO—she found the company’s reliance on multidisciplinary problem-solving teams ‘most impressive,’ and thought her 44-year career in applied design and occupational therapy could be valuable to the organization.” IDEO agreed.

Paul Irving, chairman of the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging, a think tank based in Santa Monica, CA, observed, “If you think that the only cool thing about her is that she’s old, you’re missing something else really important. She brings an incredibly complementary skill set to the other workers at IDEO, and that makes IDEO a better business.”

Read more about Barbara Beskind and the value of older workers in a post from Pacific Standard entitled, “The Aging Advantage.”

[2016 UPDATE: Barbara Beskind is still at IDEO!]


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A Fond Memory of the Early Days from Tim Carpenter

tim-oregon-cropFrom Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE:

I started my work teaching a writing class at four affordable senior housing communities in 1998. My first prompt to get students to write and tell their stories was, “A penny for your thoughts.” (I know, not Shakespeare.) One of my first students, Bertha Dyar, gave me this the night of our first performance, our first culminating event, 18 years ago. A colleague found it in our office and gave it back to me today. Bertha, you were the reason I kept going in the early days. Look at where we are now, huh?



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News from Cotton’s Point: Mosaic

Residents learned the art of mosaic with San Clemente artists Sandy Stevens and Julie Dickey.  They learned the art from start to finish by choosing their glass, cutting, shaping, and grinding their pieces. Placement on substrate and grouting of the final mural was completed in September in time for the EngAGE Senior Olympics.

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~ Jennifer Fallon, Program Coordinator

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our
communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.


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