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Ulyssean Living

  1. 1. <ul><ul><li>ULYSSEAN LIVING </li></ul></ul>WHAT ?!?! The relationship between age and leisure… Tiffany Moore
  2. 2. <ul><li>Introduction: </li></ul><ul><li>The role of leisure in aging </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics of the aging population </li></ul><ul><li>Debunking myths and stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges in life & leisure </li></ul><ul><li>The other side of the story: </li></ul><ul><li>- How young people are viewed by seniors </li></ul><ul><li>6. Suggestions for better interactions with seniors </li></ul><ul><li>7. Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>8. Quick quiz, reflection and questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Senior : “An elderly person, especially over 65.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Oxford Canadian Dictionary </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Elderly : “Rather old, past middle age.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Oxford Canadian Dictionary </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Ulyssean Adult : “Individuals who continue to seek new adventures and opportunities in their later years.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>John McLeish, 1976 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. ULYSSES This Greek king is the prototype for the concept of the Ulyssean Adult
  6. 7. STATISTICS <ul><li>The senior group is the fastest growing demographic in Canada: </li></ul><ul><li>In 1981, The population of seniors was 1.4 million </li></ul><ul><li>In 2031, the population of seniors is expected to be 4.8 million (15%) </li></ul><ul><li>- In 2056, the population of seniors is expected to be 27% of the total population </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>The senior group is largely comprised of </li></ul><ul><li>immigrants and visible minorities: </li></ul><ul><li>28% of seniors are immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>14.7% of seniors belong to a visible minority </li></ul><ul><li>39% of these are Chinese </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>The senior group is capable of living daily life: </li></ul><ul><li>87% of people over 65 are able to cope with the demands of everyday living </li></ul><ul><li>90% of seniors hold a religion. 50% attend service at least once per month </li></ul><ul><li>27% of seniors have computers and use the Internet </li></ul>
  9. 10. SERIOUSLY?? Debunking the myths of old age <ul><li>Older people are always sick: </li></ul><ul><li>In reality: </li></ul><ul><li>- People are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. </li></ul><ul><li>- 3800 people aged 55 and older participated in the BC Senior’s Games in 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t teach an old dog new tricks: </li></ul><ul><li>(Older people are set in their ways and can’t learn anything new) </li></ul><ul><li>In reality: </li></ul><ul><li>- Learning is a lifelong process. There is a continuous increase in participation through ElderCollege and other community </li></ul><ul><li>education programs. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><ul><li>The lights are on, but no one is home: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Older people have dementia and can’t remember things) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In reality: </li></ul><ul><li>- Only 1 in 11 seniors have dementia or other mental health problems. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Older people don’t have anything to contribute to society. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In reality: </li></ul><ul><li>- 46,500 seniors were employed in the Alberta labour force in 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>- Many more are actively involved in volunteer activities in their communities. </li></ul>
  11. 12. STEREOTYPES <ul><li>Adopting a positive mentality towards seniors and pushing aside </li></ul><ul><li>negative stereotypes can go a long way towards improving the quality of interactions with seniors. </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples of positive stereotypes: </li></ul><ul><li>Kind and warm </li></ul><ul><li>Have great wisdom </li></ul><ul><li>More dependable </li></ul><ul><li>Well off financially </li></ul><ul><li>A powerful political force </li></ul><ul><li>Free to do whatever they want </li></ul><ul><li>Old age is full of peace and serenity </li></ul>
  12. 13. CHALLENGES IN LIFE & LEISURE <ul><li>1) Social: </li></ul><ul><li>- Social network becomes smaller: Friends and loved ones move away, </li></ul><ul><li> participate in fewer social activities, or pass away. </li></ul><ul><li>- Life expectancy sometimes decreases after the loss of a loved one. </li></ul><ul><li>- With a smaller support group, some seniors may be less active and more </li></ul><ul><li> withdrawn. </li></ul><ul><li>2) Mental: </li></ul><ul><li>- Mental processes slow with age; some seniors need more time to adapt. </li></ul><ul><li>- Technology is a new concept that may be a great challenge. </li></ul><ul><li>- Bank machines, automated gas pumps, and finding information are all </li></ul><ul><li> more difficult for people who are not used to them. </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>3) Physical: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Body functions reach maximum capacity during early adulthood and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>decline gradually thereafter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed of life has increased, and getting around in a rushing world can </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be a great challenge for seniors who have slowed down or have challenges with mobility. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traffic has increased and roadways have become more complex, causing a challenge with driving. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>4) Financial: </li></ul><ul><li>- Married couples enjoy the greatest income of all seniors. </li></ul><ul><li>- 24% of men over the age of 65 earn employment income. </li></ul><ul><li>- Less support from government programs, combined with an increase in </li></ul><ul><li> assisted living costs, expensive medical coverage and prescriptions mean </li></ul><ul><li> that more seniors are living with financial hardship. </li></ul>
  14. 15. PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS: <ul><li>In Life: </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors have contributed immensely to today’s society. It is important for </li></ul><ul><li>seniors to feel appreciated and valued as an individual and a member of their community. Taking on new, positive attitudes towards seniors is the first step to take to begin having better interactions with seniors. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of positive attitudes include: </li></ul><ul><li>The older years in a person’s life are really the ‘golden years’ </li></ul><ul><li>There is a still lot of living to do, regardless of age or ability </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors have knowledge, skills and contributions that shape our society </li></ul><ul><li>Each person is an individual and do not fit into a stereotyped category </li></ul><ul><li>Each person is a human being facing new challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient and respectful </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Providing inclusive leisure services: </li></ul><ul><li>In the later years of life, people have more free time and are able to enjoy </li></ul><ul><li>leisure activities more freely. Leisure is a great way to overcome the </li></ul><ul><li>challenges associated with aging. </li></ul><ul><li>Some considerations to make before planning leisure activities for seniors: </li></ul><ul><li>Do what they want to do, not what you think they should do </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure information is accessible – go to them rather than making them find you </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the program is accessible – offer funding assistance or transportation if needed </li></ul><ul><li>Make the activities flexible for all abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Be flexible to make changes if something is not working </li></ul>
  16. 17. WHY DON’T YOU LIKE ME??? <ul><li>As young people, we sometimes get dirty looks from older people and </li></ul><ul><li>sometimes they can be pretty cranky and demanding. It can seem that older </li></ul><ul><li>people don’t like young people, but we are part of a group that have </li></ul><ul><li>stereotypes of our own. Some stereotypes held against us: </li></ul><ul><li>Rude </li></ul><ul><li>Disrespectful </li></ul><ul><li>Do not have any work ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Drive like maniacs </li></ul><ul><li>Chew gum loudly </li></ul><ul><li>Curse and spit in public </li></ul>
  17. 18. WHAT CAN I DO?? <ul><li>Show respect and patience to seniors at every opportunity. Hold a door, help with bags, and don’t act impatient if they need extra time to get organized. Best of all, SMILE  </li></ul><ul><li>Take time to build a relationship. Ask </li></ul><ul><li>questions about their life and the time </li></ul><ul><li>you spend will be anything but boring! </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in conversations and activities </li></ul><ul><li>that put a positive spin on their life </li></ul><ul><li>Go down to a retirement home for an </li></ul><ul><li>afternoon and visit with someone. If you </li></ul><ul><li>have a special skill like knitting, playing music, playing games, there will be someone there who would be thrilled to join you. </li></ul>
  18. 19. CONCLUSION <ul><li>1) Ulyssean living and the role of leisure </li></ul><ul><li>2) Statistics of the aging population </li></ul><ul><li>3) Overcoming negative stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>4) Understanding and overcoming challenges in life and leisure </li></ul><ul><li>5) The role of young people with seniors </li></ul><ul><li>6) Practical suggestions for better interactions </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>QUICK QUIZ </li></ul><ul><li>What is a Ulyssean adult? </li></ul><ul><li>How does leisure connect people to the Ulyssean lifestyle? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the 4 main challenges seniors face in life and leisure? </li></ul><ul><li>What is one reason that a senior would become withdrawn or depressed? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the first step in having positive interactions with seniors? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>REFLECTION : Take some time to answer these questions in your journal: </li></ul><ul><li>What have you done in the past week to show respect to a senior? </li></ul><ul><li>What interests do you have that you could share with a senior? </li></ul><ul><li>Who do you know that is a senior experiencing some of the challenges discussed today? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do to help that person overcome their challenge in life or leisure? </li></ul><ul><li>What is one positive attitude that you can adopt to have better interactions with seniors? </li></ul><ul><li>QUESTIONS OF YOUR OWN? </li></ul>