A central hub to connect with grandparents while elders and families are staying home

Grandy is a web service that helps grandparents and grandchildren connect online and provides activities for them to engage in together.  You can get one month for free–after that it is $9.99 a month or $49.99 a year.  There were no ratings or reviews for this service at the time of this posting, so use your own judgment.  A plus of this service is that, for every membership purchased, Grandy connects a youth with a solo elder.  To visit the site, click on the following link: https://www.grandy.com/   For information about Grandy’s One for One program, which connects a youth with a solo elder, click on this link:  https://www.grandy.com/oneforone

The Discomfort you are Feeling is Grief

This is an excellent article from the Harvard Business Review about how all of us are struggling with (or will struggle with) grief related to the coronavirus epidemic.  The author adds a sixth stage of grief to the Kuebler-Ross 5 that we usually think of as relating to both death and grief.  His new set is: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and meaning.

Click on the following link to read the article:  https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=hbr&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2EuJCKW0CCS1s-xhVGhc80BfKZlWabKH_MnzF2TUExGKig-wWh8T_Uz7A

Ibasho: Elders as Social Capital

The concept of ibasho—a Japanese term meaning a place where one feels a sense of belonging and purpose, and is accepted as oneself—challenges prevalent perceptions about aging. The Ibasho approach recognizes elders as valuable assets to their community, empowering them to be active participants and changing the harmful outcomes created by society’s negative perceptions and expectations—social isolation, a loss of dignity and respect, and a sense of uselessness and irrelevance. This approach …(creates) a strong informal support system in which elders are the catalyst to strengthen social capital among community members of all ages.

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Ibasho Café


Write your own obituary class


Saturday February 22 * 1-3pm * $10 * REGISTER

6950 Maple St NW, Washington DC 20012

with Sarah (founder of Death Positive DC and end-of-life doula)

Contact Sarah at sarah@deathpositivedc.com for more information

We will start promptly at 1pm // PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Join me as we learn about obituaries and have a go at writing our own.

We’ll spend a bit of time talking about the history of obits and we’ll read some obituaries (with an emphasis on ones written by the person who died).

Then I’ll provide different writing exercises we can try. We will write and discuss, and then have a second round of writing and discussion. I’ll be available for one-on-one help.

At the end of the workshop, people can read their obits to the group (optional, of course!).

Please bring paper and pen or a laptop for writing. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.


Sex and Aging – Embracing the Beauty of the Aging Body Feb. 29, 2020

Sex & Aging – Embracing the Beauty of the Aging Body
Saturday | Feb. 29 | 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Sibley Memorial Hospital | 5255 Loughboro Road, NW | Building A | Conference Room 1
Speaker: Melanie Davis, Ph.D. | Cost: $15
Light refreshments served at 2:30 p.m.
Melanie Davis, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor for graduate programs at Drexel University and Widener University, and has taught at Moravian Theological Seminary, Moravian College and Marymount Manhattan College. She is the program manager for the Our Whole Lives program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and author of Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults.
Dr. Davis is a certified sexuality educator supervisor through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is on the editorial advisory board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education; the Advisory Council of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, and is the co-president of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University.
Topics include:
• Embrace and Enjoy Your Aging Body
• Safer Sex for Seniors
• Desire and Pleasure
There will be time during the conference to visit the resource expo.  Call 202-364-7602 to register before February 21. Free parking for attendees who register in advance. 
Please note: Entrance to our visitor parking garage is on Dalecarlia Parkway (near the intersection of Dalecarlia Parkway and Loughboro Road, NW). Building A is next to the visitor parking garage.

Are you 60 or older? Have difficulty leaving home without help? If you are not receiving home-delivered meals, you may be eligible to participate in a University of Maryland Study on nutrition.

Research Participants Wanted – Can You Help or Do You Know Someone Who’d be Eligible to Participate?

From the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, UMD

Project 1- Phone Interview 

The University of Maryland is conducting interviews and is looking for participants!  We are interviewing adults age 60+ who have difficulty leaving home without help, and who are NOT receiving home-delivered meals.  Those who participate will receive $10 for completing a 30-45 minute interview.  Interviews are on-going through Spring 2020 and take place over the phone.  The questions are about the foods that you eat, and how your health may impact your daily activities and the quality of your life.  If you are age 60+, have difficulty leaving home without help, and are not receiving home-delivered meals, please call Anna Vaudin at 301-500-9154, or email her at avaudin@umd.edu.  (Home-delivered meal applicants are still eligible for interviews if they have not started meal service yet!)  If you know someone who is eligible for an interview, please provide them with this information so they can get in touch!

Project 2  In-Person Interview

The University of Maryland is conducting interviews and is looking for participants!  Those who participate will receive $10 for completing a 45-60 minute interview.  The interview is about difficulties older adults may have with getting food and preparing food, the resources they choose to use to deal with these difficulties, and what impacts quality of life as we age.  Interviews will begin in February and can take place in your home or in a private community space of your choosing.  If you are age 60+ and are interested, please call Anna Vaudin at 301-500-9154 to set up an appointment, or email her at avaudin@umd.edu.

The science of psilocybin and its use to prevent sufffering

“Johns Hopkins is deeply committed to exploring innovative treatments for our patients. Our scientists have shown that psychedelics have real potential as medicine, and this new center will help us explore that potential.”
– Paul B. Rothman, M.D., Dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

Scientists today are entering a new era of studying a truly unique class of pharmacological compounds known as psychedelics. Although research with these compounds was first started in the 1950s and ‘60s, it abruptly ended in the early 1970s in response to unfavorable media coverage, resulting in misperceptions of risk and highly restrictive regulations.

After a decades-long hiatus, in 2000 our research group at Johns Hopkins was the first to obtain regulatory approval in the United States to reinitiate research with psychedelics in healthy volunteers. Our 2006 publication on the safety and enduring positive effects of a single dose of psilocybin is widely considered the landmark study that sparked a renewal of psychedelic research world-wide.

Since that time, we have published further groundbreaking studies in more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in respected scientific journals. This makes Johns Hopkins the leading psychedelic research institution in the U.S., and among the few leading groups worldwide. Our research has demonstrated therapeutic effects in people who suffer a range of challenging conditions including addiction (smoking, alcohol, other drugs of abuse), existential distress caused by life-threatening disease, and treatment-resistant depression. Studying healthy volunteers has also advanced our understanding of the enduring positive effects of psilocybin and provided unique insight into neurophysiological mechanisms of action, with implications for understanding consciousness and optimizing therapeutic and non-therapeutic enduring positive effects.

At the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, researchers will focus on how psychedelics affect behavior, mood, cognition, brain function, and biological markers of health. Upcoming studies will determine the effectiveness of psilocybin as a new therapy for opioid addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (formerly known as chronic Lyme disease), anorexia nervosa and alcohol use in people with major depression. The researchers hope to create precision medicine treatments tailored to the specific needs of individual patients.

To watch a TED talk on this topic, click on the following link:  https://hopkinspsychedelic.org/

Happiness improves with age

In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! Psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier, more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world.

To view a video of her TED talk, click on the following link: https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_carstensen_older_people_are_happier?language=en