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The ‘age-friendly’ intergenerational reach through the arts

As noted in a past blog and our August newsletter, Florida Studio Theatre’s play, “Old Enough to Know Better,” has stimulated introspective considerations among theater goers. And these reflections have in turn enhanced broader community dialogue about aging – a very good thing for all involved! I recently participated in a panel discussion about the play and… Read more »

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How the arts are critical to education in our community

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on Aug. 29 in the SRQ Daily Perspectives Edition. Most of us appreciate the intrinsic benefits of the arts—their beauty and vision; how they inspire, soothe, provoke, and connect us. As the first week of the 2015/2016 school year draws to a close, I have been reflecting on how… Read more »

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Enhancing age friendliness through the arts

We all know the arts offer many benefits to society, but did we know that the arts can be particularly age-friendly? Through various mediums, the arts can provide poignant understanding about both ourselves and others — all in ways in which we might have never considered. For example, take Florida Studio Theatre’s play “Old Enough… Read more »

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Transformation at Pines of Sarasota

The Pines Education Institute was launched eight years ago to address the need for training in the field of aging. We identified the most critical need for training resources existed for those working in the field of dementia care, or those caring for a family member with dementia. The first DVD produced, It’s all in Your… Read more »

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The grade-level reading connection to serving our nation

In a world that is highly competitive for jobs and the ability to be self sustaining, education is vital to succeed in life and attain financial security. For many young people without the means to attend college, a career in our nation’s armed forces can give them the skills and training they needed to succeed… Read more »

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Collaborative success means viewing things through a new lens

Collaborating isn’t just a good idea. It’s necessary because even relatively simple ecosystems cannot be understood from a singular perspective, and although collaboratives are often necessary for breakthrough solutions, the work can be challenging to navigate. For the past year and a half the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) took the bold step to collaborate… Read more »

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Planning for y/our longevity

Age-Friendly Sarasota represents our collective journey to enhance everyday life in our community. Our survey can help Sarasota residents prepare for their own optimal longevity; that is, to best ensure healthy and engaged living in order to thrive throughout their lives. This requires that people consider the following: Their future physical selves in terms of… Read more »

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Recoding Organizational DNA: The work continues

A little over a year ago, 16 organizations began meeting in monthly “labs” to share, learn and discuss how the approach to homelessness in Sarasota could move from agency-centric to system-centric, from measuring outputs to measuring outcomes, and from enabling the homeless to engaging them. The last lab was held January 9, 2015 — well,… Read more »

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Turning outward changes perspectives

When you average 55 inches of rain annually, Floridians are accustomed to getting a bit wet, and summer is our rainy season. But earlier this month, we saw a deluge! The Patterson Foundation had arranged the ‘accelerate to action’ workshop for public innovators and it was rewarding that so many braved the weather to attend. The… Read more »

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Age-Friendly Sarasota is a community for all ages

Earlier this year, Sarasota County joined AARP and the World Health Organization’s global network of age-friendly communities — Florida’s first! Age-friendly communities seek to enhance the experience of aging in community via eight domains: Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings - We all likely visit or encounter outdoor spaces (about 30-50% of our environment), public buildings, and… Read more »

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Learning through the arts with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Editor’s Note: Nancy Roucher is the chair of the arts education task force of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. At a recent meeting, it was exciting to hear about the commitment and progress that Sarasota and Manatee counties are making through the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading. While excellent strategies were mentioned,… Read more »

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Age-friendly lessons from Salamanca, Spain

This summer, Charlie and I spent a month in Salamanca, Spain – a medieval city of more than 250,000 in the metropolitan area located two hours northwest of Madrid.  We went to improve our Spanish and learn more about the culture. Early in my visit, I saw that Salamanca was truly an “age-friendly” city. With… Read more »