There are hundreds of people and organizations working on the issues of aging, meaningful work, and community building. Below is a small representation of some that have come to my attention that help to explain Burgeoning Communities, help to express the urgency, and shed some light on the spirit of the greater movement, of which Burgeoning Communities is just a small part.
Barry Barkan Live Oak Institute http://liveoakinstitute.org/
Barry is working to build a movement to transform the role of the elderly throughout society. "...the solution lies in the resident's themselves and the people who live and work with them." "...create a culture of respect and support in which the elders have themselves become the antidote..." "...empowering and harnessing the untapped resources of those who bear the brunt of the problem." "...the goal of building a national movement...to accelerate the transformation...Everyone's morale is raised...health outcomes improve..." "...urgency to create support systems and networks for America's (then the World's) elders." "Thus all community members become community developers." "..."Regenerative Community" model of long-term elder care." "...strategies for replication and sustainability." "...incubators in joint venture projects to prepare his social innovations for large scale implementation."
Joanne Handy Leading Age https://www.aging.org/home
LeadingAge California is the state’s leading advocate for quality, not-for-profit senior living and care. The association’s advocacy, educational programs and public relations help its members best serve the needs of more than 100,000 of the state’s older adults. LeadingAge California represents more than 400 nonprofit providers of senior living and care – including affordable housing, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, skilled-nursing, and home and community- based care; as well as our business partners and residents.