Pittsburgh Elders Guild

One of the most promising baby blogs is called “The Pittsburgh Elders Guild” and it’s only three days old. If they keep at it, it should carry a lot of wisdom and insight across the generation gap.

“We constantly read about how Pittsburgh is an OLD city, and it’s always presented as a problem. But what does it mean to consider our aging population as a strength?

That’s the basic question that will animate this blog as I seek out elders in my Naturally Occuring Retirement Community and elsewhere, interviewing them about things like the Pittsburgh Diaspora and other insights I come across in the Burghosphere. My chief collaborator at the outset will be my 90 yr old neighbor Bob, seen in his geriatric You Tube videos.

Bob’s been working on getting the word out for a very long time, having worked as a teenager circa 1930 in Joe Katz’s family garage print-shop. Tomorrow I plan to get his reaction to my good friend Barry Barkan’s idea for the Elders Guild, for which Barry and his Live Oak Institute in Berkeley have received planning grant money from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.”

One thing that’s clear from the first post is that the elders have been watching us and reading a lot of our blog posts.

3 Comments so far

  1. Bram R (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

    Great project. Good luck!

  2. joe (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

    In the interest of full disclosure, I started the blog and I’m not yet out of my thirties. But I am a PhD gerontologist, and a do live in a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC), and my neighbor Bob really is my collaborator.

    Interestingly, I was helping him to create a Facebook account to connect with fellow Penn Staters (he’s the Class of ’38, I’m ’92, and I taught there for a spell). Facebook wouldn’t send him a confirmation e-mail when he tried to enter his real birth year!

  3. Bram R (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

    That’s WEIRD if they’re screening oldsters. Try MySpace; it’s still the lingua franca.

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