Over 80 people gathered last night at the beautiful University of Toronto Art Centre to launch The Perfect Home For a Long Life. It was May Day, spring had finally arrived in Toronto, and the excited buzz in the room was a celebration of new beginnings. As one guest said, "Your launch is part of the joy and beauty of spring." Much credit for the joy-filled atmosphere goes to the talented jazz singer Shannon Butcher and her pianist Michael Shand who filled the room with hot sounds. Great music, provocative art, smart company - the book was launched in style.
The Perfect Home For a Long Life is being shipped to bookstores across the country and we're planning book launches from coast to coast. Please keep an eye on Events for the details. I was delighted to receive the following feedback from one of the book's early readers, Cheryl Snider the Manager of Calgary HomeShare. Here's her book review.
“It is excellent reading – engaging and informative. Nothing works for everyone and I think that is the reason so many of us are opposed to the idea of “nursing homes”. This volume describes many options that people can consider for their homes. The examples and personal stories that Lyndsay includes give a good sense of what can work for different people. I was also impressed with the number of resources included with each option. I am certain that many people will find this a helpful and inspiring Book of Merit.”
A growing number of people are recognizing that aging in the right place will be critically important, and they're prepared to do something to make it happen. You can watch the ideas flow on Janet Torge's blog Radical Resthomes. As Janet says, "It looks like we have a little movement on our hands..." Her blog is a follow up to the conversation she and Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg had on CBC Radio's Sunday Edition about the Paris senior women's home, Baba Yaga, which aired on March 17, 2013, you can listen to it here. On Janet's website there's a place for regional discussions to help like-minded people find each other. May a thousand flowers bloom.
On March 1, I'll have the pleasure of presenting the keynote at Aging Successfully in Place, the 2013 Geriatrics Symposium organized by the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The day-long event for healthcare professionals and students working in the geriatrics field offers plenary sessions and workshops such as, Too Much, Too Little, Too Late: Care, Capacity and the Geriatric Client and Geriatric Medicine: Where Did We Come From, Where Are We Going? The day promises to be full of new ideas and inspirational strategies.
During Seniors' Week, February 12 - 15, TVOntario broadcast a series on Aging in Ontario on The Agenda with host Steve Paikin. The series can be viewed on the website of The Agenda. I prepared a guest blog for the series titled A Holistic Retirement.