SOCIAL ISSUES

Successful aging

Most people will require assistance at some point in their lives. Many among the elderly are unable or unwilling to live completely independently but do not need the level of care offered in a nursing home or similar facility. The pool of those in need of services is growing as Americans are living longer. Tim Carpenter thinks it is possible to transform aging into a new beginning by providing life-enhancing programs to low and moderate-income seniors living in affordable apartment communities. He created EngAGE to transform elderly communities into ones with the potential to grow, thrive, and contribute to society. Based on this vision, he created a new model of affordable housing that fosters successful aging and promotes physical and mental health.

He joined forces with senior housing developers to integrate a bold new active aging program into the design of these properties. The Burbank Senior Artists Colony was his brainchild and was recognized by the New York Times as a new direction in late-life living. Residents enjoy outdoor performance areas, a theater and screening room, digital filmmaking equipment, drama classes, a read-aloud library, an art gallery, a sculpture garden, art studios, and classrooms. They not only pursue their own interests through private lessons or college-level classes, but also choose a role that suits them in each of many creative projects.

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Web site: http://www.engagedaging.org/

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