Older Adult System of Care Conference San Francisco, CA April 27-28, 2006. “Older Adults and Their Community: Building Full Service Partnerships”. “Are We Ready for the New Face of Aging?”. The tides of change are upon us.
Older Adult System of Care ConferenceSan Francisco, CAApril 27-28, 2006
“Older Adults and Their Community: Building Full Service Partnerships”
The tides of change are upon us.
“We are seeing the rise of a new civilization that challenges all of our old assumptions. Old ways of thinking, old formulas, old dogmas and ideologies, no matter how cherished or how useful in the past no longer fit the facts. Yesterday’s conventional cubbyhole does not fit the embryonic world of tomorrow. There is room for long range optimism seen though the transitional years immediately ahead are likely to be stormy and crisis ridden.” Toffler
“We are living on one of the hinges of history-one of those transitional periods between the ages, when all of our institutions are shaken, all of our assumptions are challenged and all of our power is loosened. Instability and uncertainty are going to be part of our lives. Our survival may depend on our ability to disconnect from the past and accept change as a way of life. We will be discouraged and anxious and surprised all of our lives, but we will be participators in the emergence and shape of a new age.” John Brantner
“The future is not what it used to be. It arrives more rapidly, it brings more change and it alters our priorities in entirely unexpected ways. Not only will the future change the world in which we live, it will change the way that world can be effectively governed and managed.” Robert Theobold
“The future is avalanching around us, and we are ill equipped to deal with it.”
Longevity is revolutionizing the aging experience into a new Age Span and new Life Stages.
0-29emerging young adult
The World is Graying!
Life Expectancy is
Increasing 2 1/2 years/10 yrs
Japan 88 Sweden 84.6
US 82.6 Iceland 83
Hong Kong 84.7
We are tied in destiny across the aging planet. What is a planet of elders?
Most current assumptions about aging are wrong.
Preconceivednotions of a typical older person are wrong.
The Self Image of aging is changing. The new age is the HIPAge.
Both science and life experience will continue to redefine aging
and the life span.
What is active aging? What is the meaning of the third and fourth stage of life?
Power years Regeneration of Self Legacy Years
Our existing policy, systems and practices, designed to fit the circumstances and customers of the past, now face a pressing new market with vastly different expectations. We have a major cultural lag.
What we know is ahead of what is.
No common understanding of the problem.
No consensus on priorities for solutions.
Three in one Paradox:
the most cognitively impaired,
most wise generation.
We hold conflicting ideas on how to address the challenges.
Power redistribution approach
Equity and capacity building approach
We need to leverage multiple approaches, BUT in new and better ways.
Current societal responses are doomed to failure.
Denial, fear of aging
Obsession with youth
Budget driven short-term policy
Cost shifts/phantom cost savings
Mythology of retirement
Small scope advocacy
Medical model high tech interventions
Empty long term care policy
Turfs, Silos, Egos
A huge untapped resource pool
is waiting to be unleashed.
No model exists to measure the value of what can be accomplished by this grand population in work, arts, community building, teaching, politics, justice and civil rights, environmental reservation, child care, leisure, travel and creative reflection.
The Possibilities are filled with Potential.
WHEEWorld Helping Elders Evolve
GUIDEGrannies Undoing International Destruction of the Environment
GOLDGrandparents Offering Learning and Development
GRRRGrandparents Ranting and Raving for Reforms
SEEDSSeniors Eradicating the Effects on Diseases
The retired will work again, and are working now!
“Bridge employment”“Customized work” “Intergenerational work force”
Survey of Boomers 65+ (“The Revolving Retired”)
17% will not work for pay
6% will work full time
13% will own a business
16% will work part time
42% will cycle work, leisure, and study
6% do not know
Leaders with a high comfort level with change and talent for creativity are needed to define a new vision and open up new pathways.
LEADERS who can:
Live as a Legacy
Energize and Elevate
Assemble to Acquire
Develop and Demand
Educate and Evolve
Redesign and Redeploy
Stabilize and Shake up
How do we move forward?
“Chaordic” Leadership (nobody in charge)
50% management of self
25% management of superiors
15% management of peers
10% hiring and training others to do the same
Creativity beyond innovation. A Hyper-Creative leader asks the question “How can I maximize the creativity of this organization all of the time?”
Why should We Bother?
Most opportune time crisis as a tool for change
Most exciting possibilities untapped potential awaits
Most promising impact huge numbers exist
Most professionally anchored value/philosophy based
Most morally compelling safety net required
Most consequential avoid cost of not acting
Do we have the resolve to stand with Boundless Faith?
Do we have the willingness to change with Boundless Compassion for self/others?
Do we accept the mandate for Innovation or Deprivation?
Do we commit to Advocacy for Posterity?
I call upon the real leaders,
the agents of change,
the champions of aging,
to step forward to participate,
in the emergence and shape of a new age.
Lu Molberg, Director
Riverside County Office on Aging