Celebrating Jan Hively
90 years of meaningful work, paid and (mostly) unpaid
What an amazing celebration you created for our co-founder, Jan Hively’s 90th birthday. Just read the word cloud we generated to get an inkling of the depth of Jan’s impact and how highly esteemed she is by her peers and all those who have had the good fortune of knowing her over the years. Jan
presented her epiphany
to our PIONeer community on 6 January and you can see the replay on our fledgling YouTube channel
As we step into this New Year, we wish you, and all who are near and dear to you, a very happy, healthy and constructive year. We, the PIONeers, have a very positive feeling about 2022. For me, that includes a sense of being on the lip of a tipping point in the way ageing is viewed. I hear growing affirmation that “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” More and more of us are women-and-men-in-action who are enjoying the empowerment that brings.
So let’s step into the New Year, and continue to apply our minds and experience to bring about a society for all ages.
Moira Allan, Co-Founder and International Coordinator
France’s reached the tipping point with its Conseil National (auto-proclamé) de la Vieillesse #RienPourLesVieuxSansLesVieux
“Nothing about me without me.” France is doing it!! The fifth wave of COVID that hit France in December triggered the creation of a self-proclaimed National Council for the Old with a rallying call “Nothing for the old without the old” #RienPourLesVieux
SansLesVieux. It was like a revolt to preempt the isolation measures the Government was proposing for old age homes.
Old’Up, the Pass It On Network’s long-standing partner, and Prof. Françoise Forette, an advisor to our network and president of the International Longevity Center-France, were among the founding organizations that rallied to the call of Francis Carrier (Grey Pride), Eric Favereau (journalist, association VIF Vieux Inégaux Fous), Nicolas Foureur (doctor, founder of Vieux et chez soi) and Véronique Fournier (doctor and founding president of La Vieille).
These citizens want to shake up public policies at the inter-ministerial levels in the fields of housing, urban planning, mobility, culture, finance, and access to rights. Support is growing exponentially and with France holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the next six months and the French national presidential election coming up in April, the voices - and especially the votes - of older people are sure to receive greater attention.
We will definitely be following this inspiring development and encouraging global emulation.
McKenna Huey, our New PION Intern
McKenna is smart, adventurous, and loves the smell of her mom’s cooking almost as much as she loves marketing. She’s going to be interning at Pass It On Network from 17 January through to 4 March. Find out more about her because she might just be calling on you while doing her marketing assignment for our network. Read more
Mampai Lebeko from Lesotho
What do you do when you find yourself alone with five children to raise? For Mampai Lebeko, there was no time to think about it – it was roll up your sleeves to work by day and put your head down and study at night. Read the story
of how this advocate in Lesotho made her way in the world and educated her children while doing outstanding work with a number of NGOs.
FIAPA/U3A Major Coup for Human Rights
Alain Koskas (left), President of FIAPA (The International Federation of Elderly People Associations), Prof. François (right), President of AIUTA (Association Internationale des Universités du Troisième Age) and Albert Evrard, IT specialist from Toulouse, have agreed to work together to prepare a survey on « Rights of the Elderly : Toward a Paradigm Shift ». U3As from all over the world will benefit from the survey results to set up new courses on
International Rights for the Elderly. Here is the contact information for you to participate and receive information: [email protected] [email protected]
and [email protected]
All you need to know about Grandparenting
Zero to Three
is the first ever curriculum specifically designed for grandparents, and it is available now online for no cost. Masterminds behind this brainchild are Grand Connections. To access the entire curriculum, you will need to provide your name, organization, and email address. Once you hit “Submit” you will immediately receive an email with links to everything you need: a facilitators guide, lesson plans, grandparent films, and handouts and
slides in English and Spanish. Learn more.
Developed in collaboration with Generations United
Age Platform’s 20th Anniversary
Age Platform Europe is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Check out their special anniversary website
and learn all about how far they have come in 20 years while representing the older population living in Europe. View the video on their members’ views in their December
Sharing Jan Hively’s Thoughts from 2021
Jan’s offered us a selection of nurturing thoughts she gathered throughout 2021 – we’ve skimmed down and kept the best including: Rumi’s Guest House, On Mother’s Day, a reminder about Hope from Lila Terry, Dori Mintzer on changing the meaning we attach to events, and Ram Dass’ encouragement to love it all – even the mess, the pain, and the suffering. Read more
We have been gifted with an extra season of life. Be brave, courageous and engaged. This is the strong message that Lynda Smith has been living and teaching for more than a decade. Lynda created 50Plus-Skills and is our PIONeer liaison in South Africa. Discover
how she’s serving the 50-plus population in Southern Africa.
Go-Go Beatrice launching U3A in Zimbabwe
Tom Holloway, our PIONeer in Oxford, UK, has launched and nurtured more U3As globally than anyone in the world. He’s recently helped Beatrice Sithole, our PIONeer in Zimbabwe, to start U3A in Harare
. He also worked with David Oludare Mark to launch U3A in Lagos, Nigeria
Gustavo Boog, a PIONeer from Sao Paolo, Brazil, continues his series on introspection and invites us, as we step into the New Year, to ponder on Peacefulness
. Peacefulness, he says, includes accepting myself, with all of my potential and limitations, my light and my shadow -- accepting myself as I am and not as I wish to be. Revisit the Serenity Prayer and see his tools for designing a more peaceful life. Read here
Advocating for the Rights of Older People
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