Resources for older adults in Montgomery County

The Vital Living Network has compiled an online guide to inform older adults  about the wide range of aging-support resources available in Montgomery County.

Many of the programs and services listed are free. Others involve fees of varying amounts.   The Networker urges users not to assume that participating will be financially out of reach and suggests calling the organizations listed to discuss
costs.  They note that faith-based organizations generally offer their services to all.  To access the guide, click on the following link:

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/Resources/Files/A%26D%20Docs/Vital-Living-Networker_2015.pdf

Reflections on Aging by Ken Burton

Some days it feels like I have awakened to discover that I am twenty years older than when I went to sleep. It feels like I should be able to file a complaint about this with some Universal Time Management Authority. I would then receive a response apologizing for this huge mistake, noting that those responsible for it are being disciplined, and promising that the next day, upon awakening, my “correct” position in time would be restored, that is, twenty years earlier. Sure, this is pure fantasy, but it is also how I feel sometimes. Not since I was in my late teens and wanting so very much to be 21 (then the legal age for being an ‘”adult” ) have I wanted so much to be an age different from my current one. And at least then, I could look forward to one day being the age to which I aspired. Now, wanting to be twenty years younger, I get further away from it with every day that passes. In the truly memorable words of Marjorie Bankson (in conversation), “Ageing sucks!” It is one of those things for which I should pray for the patience to accept, because I certainly can’t change it, but I can’t do that, at least not yet, because I do not actually want to accept it, even though I know I have no choice. The best I can do is to try to avoid slipping into denial about my ageing, and to take appropriate steps regarding my health and other matters, even as I indulge my back-to-the-past-fantasies.

 

5 Spiritual Practices for Aging Well

Buddhism offers 3 practices that increase our happiness as we grow older, and the author offers 2 more, supported by psychological research.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/five-spiritual-practices-aging-well_b_1165552?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAMo1xjmJ-SdwcyGhWTEbQkh3si8YkYQp8w1ZxJjSXLz8RKB-3poRE2_P66rsy2j2FzJYfcX1RLQoN11g8tdgyHLCQ6MIfi8H1I-ZIK25iHaq55uNjrkQuf0v0wsc5f-TOzrwZsTVfRoxr8D6XfsjkJuaBxZaWJ_8Y4dO7C6ZytjV

 

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.
 
 

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