You may either be searching for a job or know some one who is. The Ladders.com, a job site for $100K job seekers recently posted an article for mature job seekers, “How to Overcome Age-Based Excuses.” Glad the Ladders is addressing an important topic.
On the flip side, and with a dose of laughter for this “economic winter”, there is a job posting of sorts for those of at least 60 years of age. OldJewsTellingJokes.com also require the joke-tellers to be Jewish and to tell their favorite joke.
“Storytelling is a Jewish tradition. You’ve probably seen Fiddler on the Roof. Whenever they ask the Rabbi a question, he tugs thoughtfully on his beard and says “let me tell you a story.” Then they sing.
Jokes are like stories, but shorter and funnier. Old jokes tend to have a stigma, but they only last if they’re good. Some of the best ones provide a window to the culture of a bygone era. They can reveal the concerns of a generation or even the generation before. Anxieties of coming to a new country, of prospering, of assimilating, of having families, of fearing and worrying about, well, everything. Humor was and is the ultimate anti-depressant.”
Laugh and enjoy – it is good for your health.
Wikipedia defines a social network service as a service that “…focuses on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Most social network services are web based and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as e-mail and instant messaging services.”
In addition to web based social network services there is an innovative telephone based social network service, Senior Center Without Walls, which offers activities, conversation, and an assortment of classes and support groups to those who don’t travel to their neighborhood community senior center. You can participate from home through telephone conference calls. No special equipment is needed and the calls are completely free.
The promise of virtual reality conference calls via a platform like Second Life has not been widely adopted. Companies still use the basic telephone conference call to conduct important business.
Sometimes innovation requires a reexamination and reuse of existing products and services.
Santa was good to me this year because the top pick from my Amazon wishlist was given to me as a gift, the book Home Design in an Aging World by Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld and Wid Chapman. Here is a highlight from the first few chapters. Future blog entries will feature other notable quotes, ideas and images.
“Imagine Keith Richards falling out of a palm tree. That’s the generation we built this for. The Building says, ‘Let’s pretend that everyone is happy and healthy, but if you need anything, you can get it. It’s a back door to being old.” Dutch Architect Arnoud Gelauff, speaking about Plussenburg, his design for a high-rise for seniors 55 and older and the new meaning of home and home design in an aging world.
Plussenburgh is an apartment building for the elderly in the Netherlands, was inspired by the forthcoming retirement of the hippie generation. The project embraces its target market’s denial of aging by proposing a playful, colorful apartment block. The main structure juxtaposes a tower and an elevated slab. The slab volume is lifted more than 30 feet above a water feature in an open plaza, and creates a spectacular view onto an existing pond from the adjacent pre-existing nursing home. The minimal footprint of the tower creates space for a garden.
The two main volumes consist of apartments with a broad, uninterrupted span that allows for multiple floorplans and adaptability in the future. An inconspicuous elevator shaft connects the new building to the older one, where medical personnel, cooks and other help is available.
Wavy balconies and the glazed galleries—set with self-cleaning glass—are smooth and colored in over 200 different shades of glass are other architectural features that speak to the playfulness, experimentation and shared memories of the psychedelic 1960’s.
Also noteworthy is the image of the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is from a new Louis Vuitton ad campaign. Photographer Annie Leibowitz shot the ad that uses a tagline very appropriate to this book, and the POV of GoodDesignAgeWell, “Some journeys cannot be put into words. New York 3 a.m. Blues in C.”
Wired magazine is holding a contest to collect ideas and images for a McDonald’s Happy Meal of the future for Found, a popular monthly feature article that imagines what “…our world will look like in 10, 20, or 100 years.” The Entry by Will McBill caught our attention. We will keep you posted if an image is uploaded to accompany the description. In the meantime we will scour our database to locate any existing products, that in combination, could make the Happy Senior Meal of the future available today.
Happy Meal Senior (for adults 65 and over) by Will McBill
Big Mash® – EZ Chew Burger
Golden Frize® – Fat Free French Fried Style Soy Product
Senior Soft® – Lightly Carbonated Liquid Stool Softener
Adorable “Gypsy”® – Plush Toy with Built-In GPS to Help Happy Seniors Find Their Way Home Again
Inspiration is all around us. It just requires us to kindle our curiosity, and experience the world with open eyes and an open mind. The StrollAway, available at MetroTots for $39.99, sparked such an inspiring moment for me. I often observe products and services for babies in order to re-purpose ideas and products for older adults, another group of individuals that at times need special products for assistance through the aging experience. The inventor, Mary Ann Schwanewede was inspired to create the StrollAway out of necessity to store a stroller when not in use. The StrollAway would be just as useful for rollators, walkers and other mobility aids.