Good morning! Did you watch the Academy Awards show last night? Inspired by the “choose your own adventure” biography of host Neil Patrick Harris, today’s blog post offers choices. You can go immediately to the practical (top links for mature marketing) OR jump to heartwarming (some Oscar- and aging-related thoughts). Or, throw caution to the wind and do it all!
Either way, I promise this show won’t take 4 hours.
1. MOST CLICKED: Get inspired! LeadingAge showcases 30 outstanding projects in assisted living, CCRCs, nursing homes in their 12th edition of the Design For Aging Review. http://bit.ly/18fR3vl
2. MOST SHARED: The danger of “end of life poverty” as 4 million Americans turn 65. While the topic sounds depressing, the author, Ai-jen Poo, sounded several hopeful notes in her interview with NPR, such as
“[T]he baby boom generation in particular is such a culture-driving generation. I mean, rock ‘n’ roll — and so much has changed in our culture as a result of the baby boom generation. They are the generation that’s aging, and if any generation is going to change how we orient around aging, it’s going to be that generation.”
Read or listen to the interview at http://n.pr/1ABIGTS
3. Also of note: This Is How We Watch Video Now, says Seth Godin:
“Forty years ago, Stanley Kubrick showed us 2001. The first 90 seconds are without dialogue and solid black. It’s hard to imagine that working as the intro to a YouTube video today.
Instead, our finger is on the mouse trigger, ready to leave in a moment. Not only that, but instead of leaning forward, we’ve got our shields set to level 7, wary of what’s to come.”
Read Seth’s post at http://bit.ly/1EmSWSN.
I was touched to see the Oscar spotlight shine briefly on an issue important to older adults and those who care for them — Alzheimer’s disease.
Country star Tim McGraw performed “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from the documentary Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me. The movie focused on Campbell’s goodbye tour after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The Oscar-nominated song is a a bittersweet note that Campbell’s love for his family will remain as his memory of them fades.
Julianne Moore took home the Best Actress statue for her turn as a woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice. In her acceptance speech, Moore said “So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized. And one of the wonderful things about movies is that it makes us feel seen and not alone. People with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen, so we can find a cure.”
The Oscars draw audiences of more than 40 million. For helping bring attention to Alzheimer’s, it’s now our turn to thank the Academy.