In spite of only having time to listen to three of Day 1’s sessions, they each left me drop-jawed with awe & admiration. Dr. Alexandre Kalache‘s keynote address made the point that we need to build up our resilience & nurture it in others, that we need not only age-friendly communities – which he says are typically designed for the wealthy – but age-friendly “favelas,” age-friendly slums. At the beginning of his session, Dr. Kalache was clearly passionate about his work, which goes all the way back to the 1970s; by the end, he was so totally engaged, I thought he was going to bust through his monitor. Can’t imagine a better beginning to this year’s virtual summit!
The second session I watched was Frank Van Dillen discussing his design for De Hogeweyk, a radically different dementia-friendly village outside Amsterday. Mr. Dillen’s firm won a competition for best design for a dementia-care facility, but is the first to say it wasn’t the design, per se, that won – – it was the different approach, one that threw out everything & started from the beginning, literally, in every way, from the ground up.
The last presenter that I listened to today was David Inns, CEO of GreatCalls, the company behind Jitterbud – age friendly – phones. Wow! Those phones pack way more punch than I imagined, with bells & whistles that help olders get help if needed & help their families keep track of their loved one’s activities (not in a Big Brotherish way). More on him tomorrow!
Gotta run – taking an older friend up to More than Q in Lambertville, NJ. He LOVES barbeque & in this parts no one does it better than Q! Looking forward to leading him astray!