Editor’s Note: Vicki Vega is an initiative consultant for Age-Friendly Sarasota, a thought leader in human development, and a leading-edge baby boomer. She is blazing new trails with her cohorts, learning new skills, and exploring new horizons.
Now that we’re living, on average, 30 years more than our great-grandparents, shouldn’t we focus on opportunities created by this new reality?
Since we’re all living longer — maybe as much as 30 years more, on average, than our great-grandparents — shouldn’t we give some serious consideration to the very real situation created by this longevity revolution?
Of course, you say. There are huge financial, social and policy implications and government, medicine and the marketplace will figure out workable solutions … or maybe not!
At least, maybe not alone. Actually, likely not alone.
Here’s where our personal responsibility comes in: personal responsibility for ourselves, our family, our friends, neighbors, and communities.
Sounds like a rather amorphous and huge challenge?
Fortunately, Age-Friendly Sarasota, an initiative of The Patterson Foundation is “on it.” But you’re not off the hook. As a matter of fact, you’re on center stage.
It all starts with our developing a plan. And that’s where you come in. Read about Age-Friendly Sarasota an initiative of The Patterson Foundation.
And, after you do, please share your ideas about how to create a community for all ages. Contact us at info@agefriendlysrq or @AgeFriendlySRQ
Meanwhile, we all know our area that some call paradise is a warm and friendly place because of all of us. So take a bow and “keep on keepin’ on.” Consider how you can engage in at least one random act of kindness each day. Some of us volunteer, work, mentor and/or own a business. Most of us visit public places: restaurants, retail, offices, and schools where we can make it a point to “be nice” to someone and make his or her day.
All of us can do a little so none of us will have to do a lot.
After all, “Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood
So, are you “in”?