“Some people discover their personal mission early in life. For me, decades of life experiences and events would eventually become masterfully woven together to reveal a tapestry of passion and purpose to make life not just worth living for elders, but to actually enable them to live the good life.”
The above quote is from The Green House Project Senior Director, Susan Ryan. It’s how she chose to open her Ted Talk style presentation at the spring conference for the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS). Susan was one of many thought leaders sharing her personal experiences and passion for Elders and how every person should be “Living the Good Life”. As you will see in the video below, Susan takes you on a journey that will introduce you to some special elders that touched her life and made her realize that life can be different!
(The talk with Susan begins 39 minutes into the video)
We hope to provide a blog series in the near future entitled “Living the Good Life” based on the lives of other elders living in GH homes.
Below is an excerpt from As Our Parents Age, a blog by Marti Weston. Marti’s parents are residents of Virginia Menonite Retirement Community and this blog is her effort to record the experiences of loving and living with aging parents. She highlights interesting issues, identifies high quality web resources, and shares memories. In this piece, she shares her impression of the Grand Opening Celebration of the first Green House homes in Virginia:
Today (January 5, 2013) we celebrated at the first of two Woodland Park grand opening events — almost one year to the day since the groundbreaking. With these first Green House Homes in the Commonwealth of Virginia, VMRC aims to start a trend, encouraging other providers to recast the way they address aging issues and helping elders age well in a caring community that preserves their independence — even when they need considerable medical support…“This is truly transforming the institutional nursing home model as we know it,” explained Melissa Fortner, VMRC Vice President for Supportive Living. “That’s what we set out to do in the beginning, and now we are doing it.”
This series of calls/webinars will highlight the major goals of our second Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, through a dialogue about major initiatives and how you can be involved
We are looking forward to the stimulating discussions, questions, stories and successful practices that will emerge from these conversations. Your feedback is welcomed, appreciated and necessary to make these connection outlets reach their highest potential.
* Marketing: Utilizing the Blogstream to tell your story and market to your community
*Policy: Activating Green House Projects to advocate for Culture Change
*Finance: Dollars and Sense of The Green House Model, updated findings
*Project Management: Living the Brand and the Mission
*Tool Development: Equipping Green House Projects for Success
*Peer Network: Sustaining our Promise to the Model