Welcome to Engaged In Aging!
We are engaged partners in achieving dignity and independence as we age!
Are you, or are your parents, aging? Let's assume you are the children or a grandchild of a family member who is over 65 years old. I know you must want them to have a happy life in their seniority. You want them to be vibrant, involved in an activity they enjoy, and as independent as is prudent. If possible, you'd like to know that they are safe where they live, and able to manage their home. What we say is that we want them to age in place with dignity and independence.
We think that engagement captures what will be most satisfying, and that will be the way they stay attentive, and are able to depend on their memory. Yes, diet and exercise also matter.
Those of us who inhabit this web site are engaged in aging too! Take a look at our topics and the people we call Topic Consultants. They are engaged in aging in unique and useful ways. They are people who you can connect with and ask questions about health, brain based dimentias, work or volunteer opportunities, various kinds of supportive housing, and transportation.
You can easily connect with them through email addresses or through their own websites. Give it a try!
You will also be able to visit a page where we list resources, that is, many local and national organizations studying and supporting our aging population. A click will connect you! One secret to a long and satisfying life is staying engaged. Let us help you find some ways.
CtCSarasota grew out of “Winter Forums” that have been held in Sarasota County since 2005. The forums were originally part of SCOPE’s “Aging: The Possibilities” initiative. In 2012, the Winter Forum torch was passed to the Institute for the Ages, which itself grew out of earlier “Aging: The Possibilities” discussions. People who attended past Winter Forums wanted to keep the conversations generated at the Winter Forums alive between annual events. In response to this request, CtC Sarasota was created and seven work and study groups emerged that focused on different aspects of aging and community. Our primary role is to inform our community through innovative education, research, and development. Each of our topics has "Topic Consultants" who have been leaders of a work or study group.
Engaged in Aging Topics of study include:
Housing: Living in Community
Housing: Co-housing, Pocket Neighborhoods, and "Granny Flats"
Workforce Issues, including jobs and volunteer opportunities
This web site is designed to provide road maps to learning how to age in place with dignity and independence. You will find names of Topic Consultants, active citizens, organizations, and other resources associated with each topic.
Our second objective is to facilitate communication about aging topics. We do this primarily through a set of blogs and meetings and events of interest. Some of the original Work Groups continue to meet and some have affiliated with The still new Aging Stakeholders Consortium which is part of the county's Community Alliance.