Study Group Members – Fall 2011

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from Bev England.

The Bathtub Test
During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, “How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old-age home?”
“Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub.”
“Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the
bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”

“No” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you
want a bed near the window?”


Don Brown passed on this link from Guy Dauncey’s “Earth Futures” website after our discussion of how senior cohousing fits in with increasing our community resilience in the face of climate change, fossil fuel depletion, and economic instability

The following comment is from Donja Dalquist, 5 Nov 2011I have been thinking, planning and, looking for property for where I would like to live in community for the rest of my life. As I’ve been participating in the Fall 2011 Study Group, it has become clear to me that the most important part of this whole venture is finding souls that share some basic values…and that can be quite scary.


For instance: I really enjoyed our recent session on finances. I’ve had to learn at a young age how to be a good trustee of money and how to make it grow and support me and my family through the years. What surprised me was how ambivolent so many others in my group seemed to be about discussing money and investments…it was almost as if there was a resentment about having to think about it at all. I wonder if other people noticed this or if they feel this way could help me to understand more clearly what that is about.

For me, I find this ambivolence and the tendency to think economy when it comes to building our home a bit worrysome. I would like us to imagine first what would be ideal for each of us and then find the way for each of us to have our home exactly the way we want it while staying within our means. Any thoughts?


One of the least exercised but most powerful forces in aging is older adults helping each other. Click here to read the handout for Session 4 (Oct 27)

Here are links to two articles distributed as handouts for Session 3 (Oct 20). Growing up about Growing Old and Social Relationships are Key to Health

As if we needed encouragement to play more, have a look at this Japanese playground for the elderly.

From John Boquist: The chalk board near the swimming pool at SEAPARC often has inspirational messages, but this one really spoke to me:   The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”






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