Re: aging in community
From: Monty Berman (
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 07:45:22 -0700 (PDT)
To: Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah <welcome@olympus.net9/18
What comes up for me is to institute a "training" of some sort which exercises 
the brain/uses one's brain.
I can think of many of these and you probably could, too.
I would do a workshop and/or provide a course that has personal appeal.
Make it required (perhaps). It is a concern that you raise.
Monty Berman  EcoVillage at Ithaca, founding member.
Adjunct lecturer, Psychology    SUNY Empire State College

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> From: Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah <welcome [at]>
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ aging in community
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>  I've seen references to the community challenges of caring for people who 
> are increasingly less able physically. 
> I would raise a different question (and this is relevant in our community 
> where a number of us -- some of the most active members -- are 60-70-80 years 
> old). What about the potential loss of mental abilities? We already see some 
> mental decline in an older member who had a stroke: they process information 
> more slowly, get easily confused, may insist on a point of view that the rest 
> of us see as clearly out of line with the facts. We have repeatedly found 
> ourselves in a situation where we lacked consensus not because this one 
> person disagreed with the proposal, but because they simply didn't understand 
> it yet. And weren't willing to consent to what they hadn't understood. This 
> is frustrating, and somewhat demoralizing for those who've worked hard to get 
> a proposal to where there are no substantive objections to it. 
> So what if we get to the point where several of us aren't catching on or 
> aren't making sense? I'd like to think that, if it were me, I'd say, "Gee, I 
> don't understand, but all these people I trust think it's ok, so it must be." 
> (I already do this for some of the financial stuff!) But if I really weren't 
> firing on all cylinders, that might not be how I'd react. 
> We have younger members too, but I can see how it would be a major problem to 
> have even two or three members who couldn't think straight. 
> Any thoughts on this? Interventions? '
> Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
> Port Townsend WA
> RoseWind Cohousing -- long built, and quite functional: so far! 
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