By Pat Pickett, Indy Creative Aging
My daughters had the wonderful experience of living in the same home with their grandmother for most of their growing-up years. To know my mom was to hear a story … and for the girls, that included stories about her childhood during the Great Depression, her teen years during which WWII was declared and the fabulous, fashionable ’50s.
Posted in ICA News on April 01, 2013 by Margaret Osborn
About five years ago, the term “encore careers” emerged as a means of describing post-retirement careers that often had a focus of serving a greater good.
Today, more and more soon-to-be-retirees are seeking this path to a post-career career that not only generates income, but makes a difference. According to Marci Alboher, a leading voice in the advocacy of encore careers, the latest research shows that 9 million people are currently doing just that while 31 million more are interested.
What's your favorite sping break memory? Heading to Washington D.C. or Disney World? Or were you able to take spring vacations with your family?
We didn't take what I would call a "spring break vacation", but I vividly recall, back in the day, my brother and I would sit in little lawn chairs in the back of our blue Ford Torino station wagon and harrass passing truckers enroute to whatever destination my parents were able to afford.
Posted in ICA News on March 20, 2013 by Margaret Osborn
There’s good news for adults who want to learn more about e-mailing, using social media and text messaging. There’s a resource that can help introduce them to these technologies. A new brochure —“Staying Connected: Technology Options for Older Adults”— is available from the Eldercare Locator.
It is designed to help older adults learn about new methods for staying connected with family and friends. The brochure includes tips on using these communication tools, getting started as well as privacy and safety information. The Internet, cell phones and other new technologies enable people of all ages to communicate more quickly than ever before. While younger people are often seen as the “experts” with these new tools, many older adults utilize e-mail, social media and cell phones to communicate as well.
Thought about being a writer? Have some great stories you love to tell your grandchildren? Be a storyteller!
During the month of April, Carol Evans, a published author and Barbara Boyd, a seasoned journalist, will teach a workshop on the art of storytelling. These two dynamic ladies will help you learn to identify the milestones, experiences and life lessons that make for your own great stories.
If I haven’t let my age slow me down, I’m sure not going to let a little winter weather keep me from being active either.
That said, I know that there are a few things I need to do to make sure that my car – and myself – enjoy safe travels during the winter.
Posted in ICA News on November 28, 2012 by Margaret Osborn
As many as 5 million older adults are victims of elder abuse each year and financial exploitation costs seniors an estimated $3 billion annually.
As financial exploitation targeting older adults continues to become more prevalent, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions and Indy Creative Aging have joined a nationwide campaign to encourage older adults and their families to get informed about the warning signs of and resources available to help prevent abuse and exploitation.
If you haven’t noticed, everyone seems to be talking about “food” these days. There are even folks who call themselves “foodies” as they are ardent followers of the world of cookbooks, cooking shows, cooking magazines and live cooking demonstrations.
This is closely related to the “locavores,” those people dedicated to locally grown and produced food. Show me a farmer’s market, and I’ll show you a herd of locavores.
For those of us who grew up around a farm, where “locally produced and grown food” meant “from garden to freezer or can,” it doesn’t seem like a big deal.
But in a time when folks are fighting obesity and lifestyle-related diseases (like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes), these types of food are, literally, lifesavers.
In that vein, Indy Creative Aging is thrilled to be a part of an event that toasts “Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest." A two-year, award-winning Indiana Humanities program presented by Indiana's Family of Farmers culminated in a book written by David Hoppe and Kristin Hess. Through stories and pictures, the writers capture and explore this exciting time (with its “foodies” and “locavores”) in Indiana food and agriculture.
by Katherine Matutes, PhD, JCC Director of Health and Wellness
I know something has really gotten people into a frenzy when more than three people in one day seek out my opinion on a given topic.
Posted in ICA News on September 26, 2012 by Margaret Osborn
More than 150 attendees enjoyed the inaugural Indy Creative Aging Forum, "Beyond Yesterday's News," featuring some of Central Indiana's most respected (and beloved) retired media pros.
The panelists, including Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dick Cady, broadcasting pioneer Barbara Boyd, anchorman Mike Ahern (pictured) and weatherman Bob Gregory, shed some behind-the-headlines insight during the evening at the Indianapolis Art Center. Indianapolis Business Journal owner Mickey Maurer moderated the event.