Book: Aging Beyond Belief by Don ArdellIf you plan to age, prepare yourself — it's later than you think. The challenge of aging well should be taken seriously, but not grimly! Whatever your age, it's never too soon, or too late, to learn and apply the fine art of aging well, really well. Discover what aspects of aging can't be changed and improve the rest that can. Mold your own realities with REAL wellness, Ardell-style.
The 69 tips — one for each year of the author's life — are thought-provoking, challenging, eye-opening, manageable and fun to read. And all provide practical guidance for intelligently designing your own life-style evolution.
Wellness in the Headlines
(Don's Report to the World)
Wake up to find out
that you are the eyes of the world
but the heart has its beaches
its homeland and thoughts of its own.
Wake now, discover that you
are the song that the morning brings
but the heart has its seasons
its evenings and songs of its own.
Eyes of the World by Robert Hunter (and the Grateful Dead)
Think of a resort-like suburban setting with a mix of homes, linear parks, community gardens and a smattering of commercial, work, and educational facilities that evoke a sense of identity. Does the planned community you imagined elicit a host of such attractive images? Many do, but clearly some are more attractive to wellness seekers than others. What makes a remarkable planned community, a special cut above the rest? I think the difference is, in good measure, a conscious orientation to quality of life, both in the planning and the realization of such a vision over time. Here and there, a few planned communities connect the needs of modern life to serene, inspirational possibilities of nature--and in a variety of ways offer a setting conducive to healthful living. When these ingredients are intermixed and nurtured, wellness goals can soar beyond personal ambitions to even loftier images of peace and transformation amid cultural diversity and sustainable development, reinforcing best possibilities for all who settle there.
Then the question becomes: Can degrees of places be identified, communicated and assessed? I believe so--this essay suggests a few tentative images to help you ponder your feelings about residential wellness and quality of life, particularly in master-planned communities.
At least 50 million Americans live in master-planned communities governed by 260,000 autonomous owner associations. (Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, the American Housing Survey and IRS Statistics of Income Reports.) Owner groups function as governing agents and management bodies, businesses and shapers of community life. In addition to traditional functions (maintaining austerity measures and insuring compliance with and conformity to regulations, for examples) many contemporary associations in master-planned settings have adopted some "higher" purposes. These include advancing harmony and wellness lifestyles. The latter involves supporting conditions physical and otherwise that promote enjoyable, high quality, vibrant lifestyles.
How might a prospective buyer assess the extent to which a master planned community successfully celebrates quality of life values? The following short self-assessment quiz offers a few indicators to look for to gain a sense of how well a master-planned area delivers on the wellness promise. The quiz is designed to assess the place--and how well it evokes positive feelings.Â It is inspired by ideas about the best history of settlements, whether they be cities, hamlets, villages, camps, caves, cairns or other forms of human habitations.
Well Community Questionnaire
Even a few affirmative responses to such questions bode well for a community.Â Recognition that these kinds of questions address desired states might also contribute to their realization.
All the best. Always look on the bright side of life.Domain: purpose
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