Dance Your Way to Better Brain Health – CDC

Wilma Stanley Uncategorized

The science of dance (and music) confirms what we already experience: improvement in cognitive ability, strength and endurance along with all of the social and mental health benefits. https://www.cdc.gov/aging/publications/features/alzheimers-and-exercise.html “Another reason to keep dancing!” – Margaret Sharp So now you can tell your family, “I have to go to contra! Doctor’s orders!”. – Ed Cox

‘Zoom’ your partner! Fans of contra and square dancing have moved online.

Wilma Stanley Uncategorized

Some of us have figured out ways to play and sing FOR others using Zoom, or even WITH others using Jamulus, but apparently there are dancers who have found ways to DANCE remotely! https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/contra-square-dancing/2021/04/27/11e192b4-a772-11eb-bca5-048b2759a489_story.html In fact, Triangle Country Dancers Spring Dance Romance 2021 weekend is virtual this year, and about to begin (May 14-16). Triangle Country Dancers (tcdancers.org)

Building – Prefabricated Construction – Deltec

Wilma Stanley Uncategorized

We were introduced to Deltec Homes by way of Cozy Home Community™ (https://www.cozyhomecommunity.com/about/#deltec). “Cozy Homes are based on a housing unit designed and built by Deltec Homes of Asheville, NC.” (https://www.deltechomes.com/renew-collection/ridgeline-e-f/) Deltec Homes designs homes for which they build the shell of prefabricated panels that are assembled locally at the building site. These panels are designed for high quality, low …

Designing a Community – CozyHomeCommunity

Wilma Stanley Uncategorized

One of 2T’s Mission goals is to build an affordable, environmentally sustainable community. That goal is shared by Matt Thornhill, Founder & CEO of Cozy Home Community™, with a target audience of “middle-income Boomers between the ages of 60 to 80+”. Energy efficient houses designed by Deltec Homes are clustered into Colonies (pocket neighborhoods) that are configured into multi-Colony Communities …

Building – Modular construction

Wilma Stanley Uncategorized

As we build a team to develop our new community, we have begun learning about builders and developers. The pandemic has affected us all, and developers are no exception. This NYT article identifies advantages of modular construction as well as the types of projects in which modular construction is being used. Modular Construction Meets Changing Needs in the Pandemic

Educating ourselves about what works (and what doesn’t.)

Bree Kalb Uncategorized

This NYT article is sobering and educational. Even the comment section has some useful information. We believe that aging in community, with a household model, will reduce and ameliorate the unpleasant and distressing experiences some have as they grow older and more frail.

Social connection rather than social isolation

Bree Kalb Uncategorized

Aging in Place is the first choice for many as they plan for their future needs. We are a group of people who want to age in a warm and friendly community that feels like home and includes our favorite activities–music, dance, and other creative pursuits. We continue to meet monthly to educate ourselves about our options. It’s a long …

Do you or a loved one have Medicare?

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Medicare provides a range of benefits for outpatient and inpatient care. But, an effort to prevent premature discharges from hospital stays has resulted in unintended consequences that can cost the patient thousands of dollars. We include information about this glitch in our Educational Workshops. NPR offers some even more detail. Some have found it effective to repeatedly insist on being …

More about the benefits of learning new dance styles.

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A few weeks ago, I posted an article that mentioned this research in passing. It suggests that learning different types of dancing does more good for your brain than staying with just one style. Maybe it’s time to branch out and try something new. See https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-08-reverse-aging-brain.html if you want to learn more.

Benefits of Dance, Music, Creativity and Social Contact

The Editor Items of Interest, Uncategorized

Here’s a NYT article with good information about aging well, including dancing. https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/how-to-age-well And this article is specifically about the effects of contra dancing. ” A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/well/walk-stretch-or-dance-dancing-may-be-best-for-the-brain.html  

Reference Guide to all CCRCs in N.C.

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Here’s a link to an incredibly informative Reference Guide from the NC Insurance Commissioner’s office, comparing ALL the licensed CCRC’s in the entire state! You probably don’t want to peruse all 99 pages. These are the pages we identified as most useful in the 2016 guide; we think they are numbered the same in this year’s version: pdf pp. 4-8: explanation …

Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training – The Center for End of Life Transitions, May 2016

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Based in Western North Carolina, the Center for End of Life Transitions offers Home Funeral Guidance and Assistance, as well as End of Life Educational Opportunities through workshops and retreats. See the website at: http://ceolt.org/   Information about upcoming workshops: http://ceolt.org/events/home-funeral-and-death-care-midwife-training/

Book and Film Recommendations, April 2016

The Editor Items of Interest, Uncategorized

Both this book and DVD reflect the philosophy and motivation of the Traditional Music and Dance Retirement Society and our pioneering vision of how we want to live in old age. Many of us have seen a clip from ALIVE INSIDE; now the entire film is available to purchase or to stream from Netflix or I-tunes. ALIVE INSIDE is a …