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

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.

Click on the following link to learn more:  https://ibasho.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/150318Elders-Leading-the-Way-to-Resilience-Conference-Version.pdf


Housing for elders in Japan

Elderly residents of Yuimarl Jinnan enjoy a meal together at a shared community space. | COURTESY OF COMMUNITY NET

The Yuimarl series of serviced housing units operated by Community Net Inc. offers affordable, barrier-free residences for agile, healthy elders who don’t require round-the-clock care but are looking for the freedom associated with rental housing along with other perks — community events, health consultations and, perhaps most importantly, monitoring services. With over a dozen facilities in operation and more being planned, the company’s business model appears to be thriving in a nation where 1 in 4 people are over 65 years old.

To read more about these apartments, click on the following link: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/16/national/social-issues/gray-wave-japan-attempts-deal-increasingly-elderly-population/?hootPostID=be3155e12966517f41d351b9850180b6#.XdKcb1dKiUk

The Farewell

A matriarch’s family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch — the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live.
To see the trailer, click on the following link:  https://a24films.com/films/the-farewell
“The Farewell” pays delightful, insightful homage to the facades and pretenses nearly everyone adopts in the name of compassion.
Ann Hornaday
A funny, emotionally intricate and deeply moving tale of severed connections and renewed family ties.
Joe Morgenstern
Awkwafina has gone from rapper to comedic powerhouse, and now, most powerfully, to indie darling in “The Farewell.” It’s one of the year’s sweetest films.
Johnny Oleksinski
New York Post
This is a simple but genius film that sheds light on Chinese culture and philosophy while delivering a doozy of a paradigm shift.
Tara McNamara
Common Sense Media