Family, connections, friendships. These are aspects of a persons life that will naturally get smaller as we grow older. But, what is the true cost of loneliness? This insightful article explains that loneliness can actually have a price tag. Regardless, we spend so much of our life nurturing our relationships and purpose, why let it go to waste as we age. This research only inspires the concept of mixed age, mixed interest communities to become more and more popular.
What brings health, happiness and energy to one’s life varies person to person. One thing is for sure, every individual needs some type of outlet that provides excitement and interest. This is essential to keep a youthful approach and delay the aging process.
This article explores some interesting ways seniors are avoiding loneliness and staying healthier mentally and physically.
With social media, you never fear being alone. At least this is the message “elder orphans” are spreading. A new Facebook group has sparked the discussion among childless adults (55 years +) who realized after a life of careers or taking care of aging parents or siblings there can be challenges with little to no family as you head into your “golden years.”
This article and video explores the benefit of having an online family and support can only be a click away. Click here
The theme this September at the Nation Seniors Center is: Masters in Aging. There are two presentations scheduled to provide education and benefit the community.
Topic: Fitness and Aging
Thursday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m.
Mark Braly, a Davis Aquatic Masters swimmer and Davis Enterprise aquatics columnist
Topic: Gardening and Horticultural for Seniors
Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m.
Yolo County Master Gardeners Ann Daniel and Janet Thatcher
These are free to the community and no RSVP is necessary.
Presentations will be held at The Davis Senior Center, at 646 A Street, Davis.
More information is available at: http://www.davisenterprise.com/community/masters-in-aging-speakers-come-to-senior-center/
How many of us struggle with ever changing technology? This is not just an issue older generations face, it happens to everyone. So what do we do? We turn to the youngest person in the crowd for help. Only to be baffled by the stream of acronyms and unidentifiable phrases contained in a seemingly obvious explanation.
There’s a growing demand for education and training on today’s modern technology. This is a topic that will continue to grow and where you can find more help than ever. Tech support and training is becoming more and more popular. Keep an eye our in your area for seminars and training, especially for seniors.
Here’s The Wall Street Journal’s opinion:
This recent article in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Last Supper at Nani’s Table,” caught our interest. It is an example of how, as human beings, we all enjoy the celebration and honor of tradition. Here is an anecdote of how families, young or old, big or small, value tradition.
Rising health costs are a continuous concern these days. As the health care system keeps evolving, there are efforts to move aggressively to adopt the tools of information-age medicine. Take a look at this article featured in The Wall Street Journal explaining the strategy and benefits. View a PDF of the article here.
A series of meetings is underway, offering Davis residents insight on an active adult community proposed for West Davis.
At Shasta Drive and West Covell Boulevard, the West Davis Active Adult Community is designed for current Davis residents. It features 325 small to medium single-story homes, and affordable senior apartments. About 80 percent of the homes would be restricted to residents 55 and older. Since the project is on the city’s periphery, it would go before Davis voters, likely in spring 2018, if approved by the City Council.
“This is the best location for a wide range of active adults and seniors,” developer Dave Taormino said at his April 12 presentation to neighbors at Chavez Elementary School. The first of an estimated 45 meetings started earlier this year in West Davis – closest to the site. They will continue, about two a month, progressing through Central, East and South Davis. Residents receive hand-delivered invitations and brochures when their neighborhood meeting is scheduled. For more information, call 530-231-5519.
The West Davis Active Adult Community would be across from University Retirement Community, and close to Sutter Davis Hospital and other medical offices. Other project amenities include a public health and wellness center, pool, 2.6 miles of walking paths, an ag buffer, restaurant with outside seating, and expansion site for University Retirement Community or similar medical facility.
Unlike Sun City projects or other senior housing developments, WDAAC is designed to draw residents from within Davis, which would free up larger homes for young families. The dropping birthrate in the Davis Joint Unified School District forced the district to open spots for some 650 transfer students from outside the area this year. To sustain its ADA revenue, the district increased the number of transfer students by more than 100 since 2013-14. Outsiders make up 7.6 percent of the student body for the 2016-17 school year.
With college students and senior populations increasing in Davis, young families are often priced out of the housing market. Meanwhile, many empty nesters in town have larger homes than they want, but few alternatives for smaller, single-story homes in Davis. About 5,000 homes – 25 percent of those in Davis – are owned by residents age 50 or order.
WDAAC is designed with that in mind. Plans are the result of community focus groups, and draw expertise from local business, health, university, housing and clean energy partners. “Our plan combines attractive Davis neighborhood elements with updated amenities for the needs of older Davis residents,” the WDAAC Planning Group said. “We are rearranging, reinterpreting and innovating a variety of features with sustainability and energy efficiency,” Members of the group include longtime Davis real estate broker Dave Taormino, president of Taormino and Associates; and David J. Thompson, co-principal of Neighborhood Partners.
Plans for the 74-acre site call for 505 housing units. Of those, 284 would be single-family detached homes, 41 would be single-family attached homes, and 150 would be affordable senior apartments. Another 30 are anticipated for University Retirement Community expansion or a similar use. Single-story homes include: 1,400-1,800-square-foot houses along the greenway; 1,100-1,350-square-foot bungalows; 900-1,200-square-foot cottages; plus, small builder lots to accommodate custom or special needs. Estimated sale prices for the pre-planned single-family homes range from the mid-$300,000s to $700,000, and could be available in 2020.
The mission of the West Davis Active Adult Community is “to elevate ‘age in place’ to ‘thrive in place,’ with a thoughtful neighborhood design, blending the inclusiveness of Davis with principles that enhance older adult lifestyle.” Visit its website at https://westdavisactive.com/.