Author: Matt Perry

Lost and Found in the City of Angels

Falling stars are the stuff of Hollywood legend. Early film industry folklore had it that the Pacific coast was littered with the bodies of actors who failed to make the transition from silent movies to sound – victims of suicidal depression.  While myth, the story nevertheless suggests that the fine line between success and failure in the City of Angels has always been dangerously thin.

Accessible Yoga

The Accessible Yoga movement is introducing yoga to older adults and others not normally included in this largely young, white, middle-class movement: people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, those with different body types, and underserved communities.

Mission Possible: Change the Story of Aging

In the heart of Los Angeles, the storytelling capital of the world, Paul Irving is busy changing the narrative of aging. Irving had already spent several years as head of The Milken Institute, a Los Angeles think tank shepherding dialogue on topics ranging from job creation to health and the global economy.

Man Out of Time: Ron Robinson and San Mateo’s Senior Care Center

Ron Robinson was ahead of his time. As California struggles to implement the Coordinated Care Initiative to improve the health of some of its most expensive patients – “dual eligibles” who qualify for both Medicare and Medi-Cal — Robinson recalls similar efforts in San Mateo County two decades ago.

Celebrations and Fears: The Annual Gerontology Conference

The recent annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in New Orleans was one part aging celebration, one part madhouse as 450 sessions over five days celebrated the successes and challenges of aging – and there were challenges aplenty.

David Lindeman Wants Technology to Be Your Friend

When the older adult news agency Next Avenue released its 2016 list of top 50 Influencers in Aging last month, it was rife with Californians, yet none so deeply involved in a dizzying array of initiatives than David Lindeman, director of the Oakland-based Center for Technology and Aging.

Caring For Advanced Illness Through Faith Communities

Community health experts continue to connect with older adults through faith-based communities. The city of Fremont did this several years ago with its Community Ambassadors Program for Seniors. From churches, temples, mosques, and synagogues to community centers and beyond, health officials found faith communities already had deep ties within ethnic communities.

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