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IT’S MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS: Room 217 is a Canadian organization that provides therapeutic music resources.

“Live music therapy provides space for relationships and a container for emotions irrespective of age,” executive director Bev Foster told the Canadian Association of Gerontology recently (CAG Newsletter, Summer 2009).

Albums currently available from Room 217 include, Warm Breezes featuring popular favourites from the 50s, 60s and 70s, Classic Comfort with music for piano by some of the world’s greatest composers. And Gentle Waters, winner of the Covenant Award for the Best Instrumental Album of 2006.


WHAT’S NEW IN COMMUNITY LIVING? More and more older adults are looking for innovative ways to keep living in their own homes as their needs change. Residents of one neighbourhood in Washington, D.C. decided to establish a pioneering non-profit membership organization to meet their needs.

Capital Hill Village members pay $500 in annual fees — $750 per household – to access a network of volunteers and vetted vendors for an array services. These include drives to and from the market or theatre, help with computer problems, light home maintenance, gardening, plumbing and snow or leaf removal. Individuals and households of all ages are encouraged to join.


CALLING POETS OVER 70: Have you been jotting down lines of poetry, stashing them away in the drawer and meaning to come back to them? If you are 70something, it’s time to pull them out, and polish them off.

The Tower Poetry Society is one of North America’s oldest poetry collectives. It has teamed up with the Centre of Gerontological Studies at McMaster University to sponsor a new anthology: Celebrating Poets Over 70. They are calling for submissions. Send a maximum of four poems with a 50-word biography to Ellen Ryan at ryaneb @ The deadline is November 15, 2009. If your poem is selected, you will receive a free copy of the anthology.


WE HAVE CHANGED: That’s right. AHB has a brand new look. And we’ve added a new search feature. We hope the changes will make browsing our site more enjoyable and worthwhile.

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