A Bayview Publication Issue 30
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THE AGEUP INTENTION Priming ourselves to AgeUp.
THE AGEUP TASK FORCE The goal and mission of AgeUp.
A WORD FROM MARYLEE, BAYVIEW RESIDENT What is like to be on the AgeUp Committee?
A MUST-SEE: "SUPERHEROES OF BAYVIEW" Our latest resident film and the special award it received.
A SNEAK PEEK AT OUR RENOVATIONS Look at the transformation of our main dining room.
We’re Changing Our Name! Our quarterly Change Agent publication is changing its name to match our positive aging campaign at Bayview: AgeUp. In recent issues we’ve been hinting at the new purpose behind our features: to get out the good news about aging that current research keeps discovering. Read on and learn more about this life changing campaign.
The AgeUp Intention
By Nancy Weinbeck, Bayview Director of Residential Operations At Bayview, we benefit from an often unrecognized resource: our elders. We gain insight and perspective from their wisdom; we are engaged and inspired by their creativity and resilience; we are nurtured and supported by mutual respect and love. We are quietly and gently shaping our feelings about growing older. Now we are learning that research is pointing in the same direction. (continued)
HOW DO YOU #AGEUP?
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Here are a few research findings that might surprise you: • Belief in negative age stereotypes can predict certain biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease (Levy et al 2016).1 • Both positive and negative age stereotypes can have respectively beneficial and negative effects on health behaviors, attitudes, and overall health of older adults (Dionigi 2015)2 • Older adults treated negatively have shorter life spans (Hellweg 2015)3 • Age stereotypes held earlier in life predict cardiovascular events later in life (Levy 2009)4
PRIMING OURSELVES TO AGEUP "Priming" is a mechanism used in psychological research where exposure to words or images regarding a specific topic can influence behavior. In other words, activating stereotypes in peoples’ minds can lead them to behave in certain ways. For example, in one study, when college students were exposed to words which were suggestive of negative aging stereotypes, they performed tasks more slowly and made more mistakes. While this is interesting within the confines of a research lab, more global health implications have also been associated with conscious and unconscious messaging around age stereotypes. For our AgeUp team, the really exciting part of this research is: the internalization of positive messages around aging has positive consequences on health and well-being.
Our mission at Bayview has always been to elevate the lives of our elders. In light of what we are now learning, we realize this is even more relevant than we thought. As our AgeUp task force began to explore the research, we realized that we needed to know if the work we are doing is making a positive impact. If so, can our work be replicated such that others can benefit as well? To this end, we’ve partnered with our neighbor on the other side of Queen Anne Hill, Seattle Pacific University. Stay tuned as we report on our progress, our findings and our results. In the meantime, watch for upcoming AgeUp issues to learn more about shifting mindsets so we can all experience the fullest, healthiest, most meaningful life at any stage.
1) Levy, B.R., Ferrucci, L., Zonderman, A.B., Slade, M.D., Troncoso, J., Resnick, S.M. (2016). A culture-brain link: Negative age stereotypes predict Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers. Psychology of Aging, 31 (1), pp 82-88. doi: 10.1037/pag0000062. Epub 2015 Dec 7 2) Dionigi, R.A. (2015). Stereotypes of Aging: Their Effects on the Health of Older Adults. Journal of Geriatrics, Volume 2015, Article ID 954027, 9 pages 3) Hellweg, B. (2015, Feb 24). Negative age stereotypes getting worse over time. Cited from Yale Daily News website: http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2015/02/24/ negative-age-stereotypes-getting-worse-over-time/ 4) Levy, B.R., Zonderman, A.B., Slade, M.D., Ferrucci, L. (2009). Age Stereotypes Held Earlier in Life Predict Cardiovascular Events in Later Life. Psychological Science, 20 (3), pp. 296-298
How do you view aging?
Willing to Try New Things Contributes to Society Intelligent Adaptable Smart Decisive Empathetic Problem Solvers
In Touch with Morality
Fasionable Bold Wise Good Cooks Active Patience Unique Brave Frail Can't Drive Generous Cranky
Good Resource White Hair
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
Wrinkly Falling Apart
Hate Change Scary
Old Fashioned Can't Remember Experienced Sleeps a Lot "Losing It"
THE AGEUP TASKFORCE A taskforce consisting of Bayview staff, residents and community members was formed to create and implement a “big vision” at Bayview and far beyond its walls. Our vision is to eradicate ageism and related forms of prejudice by changing perceptions of aging in the general public and among seniors themselves, thus empowering our elders to live more vibrant lives, to attain a more valued, equitable, integrated position in society, to be role models and to benefit society more fully in the aging process, and to improve health outcomes for ourselves and the people we serve.
MARYLEE, RESIDENT & AGEUP COMMITTEE MEMBER As a resident of Bayview, I feel privileged to be included in the positive AgeUp Task Force. The Staff at Bayview continually respects, listens and involves residents in the running of our Community. That involvement makes me feel like I am still necessary and important. I really like to be aware of what is going on, and through AgeUp and other programs, I feel the staff wants to know my opinion. Reflecting and speaking on our positive, elder, community's future, Bayview is holding a safe, communal space where I can be heard and where I am a responsible member of a civic society. Enjoying our laughter together and through that, the healing that goes on in our projects, I feel seen and honored and I cannot ask for more than that.
A MUST-SEE: "SUPERHEROES OF BAYVIEW" Have you seen our latest resident film, "Superheroes of Bayview?" Through Bayview films, residents are able to weave together themes of positive aging and embrace the very essence of #AgeUp. "Superheroes of Bayview" was an official selection of the Creatively Connected online film festival sponsored by The Foundation for Art & Healing and Lion’s Gate Films. Visit youtube.com/retireatbayview.
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A SNEAK PEEK AT OUR RENOVATIONS
Photo by Rice Fergus Miller VizLab
Bayview is now ten months into our renovation project and in addition to strengthening our infrastructure, we have completed a number of very visible improvements designed to expand and enhance our community: a remodel of our main floor including a beautiful new upscale dining room (image right), a light filled studio/classroom, a new resident meeting space and library space, and stunning premium view apartments. Currently in process, and targeted for full completion the spring of 2018, is a transformation of our main entrance, a new fitness center and pool, additional dining venues, an offleash dog park, a renovated tenth floor common area with an incredible view of Puget Sound, a new memory care residence and more.
Would you like a hardhat tour? Call 206.281.5744.
SAVOY: SWINGIN' IN THE NEW Reserve the date for Friday, September 8, 2017 from 7:00-10:30 pm. Toast to Bayview's future with friends, families, and the greater community. Dance, sing, or simply tap your toes to a live big band. Food and fun guaranteed. Tickets are by donation. All ticket donations will support the mission of Bayview Manor Foundation. RSVP is required. Please send any reservation inquiries to email@example.com or 206.301.4410.
(Previously known as Change Agent Newsletter)