Janice M. Blanchard, M.S.P.H., is a gerontologist and nationally recognized writer, speaker, and consultant on aging issues. For 25 years she has worked on the cutting edge of public policy and programs promoting a new vision of elders as valuable members of our communities and of elderhood as a distinct phase of the human life cycle. Renowned for her seminal work in “aging in community,” Janice consults with government, non-profit, and private organizations to develop innovative housing and community-based solutions that strengthen the fabric of our communities, for all ages and all abilities — especially our elders. She is the editor of Aging in Community.


Moving Beyond Place: Aging in Community

Our culture has constructed a continuum that positions institutional long-term care at one end of a spectrum, and an idealized vision of aging in place at the other. The challenge is to escape this false choice. An increasing number of Americans are searching for, and finding, a third way.


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Reweaving the Social Fabric of Our Communities

Caring relationships are at the heart of aging in community — and a cornerstone for livable communities for all ages and abilities, as well as a great society. Aging in community promotes social capital — a sense of social trust and interdependence enhanced over time through positive interactions and collaboration in shared interests and pursuits.


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Back to the Garden:
Woodstock Nation Values Re-emerge

For the past 40 years . . . idealistic boomers have retained their commitment to the values that inspired them during the amazing period of transformation and expansion in their youth. The time is now for planners, architects, developers, and builders to work diligently and help those who want to “get back to the garden” do so with a strong sense of community, meaning, and full engagement. . .

Summer 2012 Issue

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It's Never Too Late:
Creativity in Later Life

“There IS a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

— Sophia Loren

Fall 2005 Issue

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