I've been obsessed with finding ways to transfer the value and wisdom of older generations to younger generations. I've searched around the world hunting for ways to illustrate the necessity of these relationships, but nothing shows the importance of learning from those who came before us like skydiving.
Do you have a summer vacation on the docket? If you're like me, a good (non-anxiety inducing) movie helps pass extended amounts of time up in the air. Listed are some of my favorite movies about caregiving, the future, intergenerational bonds, and longevity sorted by genre.
Wondering what I've been up to the last few months? Find out on my FIRST ever podcast with Bridge the Gap. Topics: multi-generation living, millennials, student loans, workforce development, Blue Zones, virtual reality/film. Enjoy!
You think you want to try your hand at film? Learn from the lessons of an ethnogeronpreneur. Start with these lists: cameras, virtual reality and 360 tools, sound equipment, drones, a mini studio / blogger setup and misc tools needed while on the road.
A millennials perspective on Blue Zone and Greek Island of Ikaria with a population near 8,500. Why do people here live longer? Community, Panigiris (dances), eating food grown in own yards, stress-free living, etc.
Are you thinking about sailing around the Greek Islands? Here's a bit from my experience with OCSC and Moorings where we visited ten islands: Kythnos, Sifnos, Antiparos, Ios, Santorini, Folegandros, Polyagos, Milos, Hydra, and Poros.
Budapest is a fascinating fusion of meek elders (of those I interviewed) and rebellious young adults. A post-communist society that suffered so much during WWII and the following decades. I encourage people wanting to get a real taste of history to visit Budapest (said Budda Pesht).
Welcome to the #EuroLongevityTour. Our first stop is Warsaw, Poland. I've had the privilege getting to know several Polish-American families and the genuine warmth of Warsaw families is no different. Just don't get in their way at the Hala Mirowska (market).
I'll be filming elders and researching for a month and a half on the #EuroLongevityTour. Join the journey and help me navigate Poland (Warsaw, Krakow, Auschwitz), Hungary (Budapest), Austria (Vienna), Greece (Ikaria - Blue Zone, Athens, Sailing), London, Edinburgh, Netherlands, Berlin, Sardinia, Rome and the Vatican.
Almost four years ago, I traveled to Shanghai to attend an executive-level conference on aging hosted by the Global Aging Network. I was on a mission to find out what gerontechnology the attendees from countries including Japan, Germany, Australia, and South Africa were using to care for their aging populations, but what I discovered was a monstrous 4-2-1 family structure.
Every 4 years, the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology puts on a conference to gather the brightest researchers and educators in the field of longevity and aging. Here are my takeaways!
In the autumn of 2016, I worked alongside a few passionate and talented senior living professionals to record more than 55 multidisciplinary professionals in aging. Our interviewees ranged from a 19-year-old nursing student to Dr. John Rowe, former Chief Executive at Aetna Health Insurance. Takeaways: accidental careers and the value of residents' stories.