Thursday, June 18, 2020

Socrates Cafes for YOU?

Socrates Café for Older Adults: Intergenerational Connectedness Through Facilitated Conversation

Christine Sorrell Dinkins, PhD


Opportunities for social connectedness are important for older adults' psychosocial well-being. Social connections through intergenerational engagement provide older adults benefits such as increased generativity, improved cognitive functioning, and a greater sense of self-worth. The facilitated discussion known as Socrates Café is ideally suited for bridging generation gaps and inviting self-expression. Socrates Cafés provide an alternative to more traditional social programming by promoting communal inquiry and substantive reflection on questions of value and meaning. In a study of an intergenerational Socrates Café with college students and low-income older adults, findings indicated reduced ageism and stereotyping from students, the formation of relationships between students and older adults, and a recognition from older adults that they had valuable insights to share with younger generations. Health professionals wishing to improve psychosocial health for older adults may consider setting up an intergenerational Socrates Café. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 57(1), 11–15.]

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Five years out, one day at a time.

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Pop and every successful business owner I've ever known have big, big dreams and absolutely no written plan except what they may be forced to write for one reason or another.

After we sold Western Merchants to NMS Industries Pop went to a meeting of all the owner CEOs that NMS had bought to learn about the 5 year plans NMS was requiring them all to write.

As they walked out for lunch the owner CEO who had sat next to dad whispered to him, "they want me to tell them what's going to happen in 5 years? I hate to tell them this, but I have no idea what is going to happen next week!"

My dream for 5 years out? A healthy small group in every neighborhood, doing a plan for the day each morning.

Happy Father's Day Pop.

Part of why we were able to
sell for cash in the fall of 1969.

2305 S. Jackson. Mom often said
she wished we had never moved.

 40 years ago was the first Father's Day after the much too soon early death of Pop  Nov 15, 1979, when he was 55 years old.

The family Pop built.
Mamaw, Mom, and Pop.

For more about Pop see

Mom and Pop

John E. Wren, the reason Pop was called Junior, which he told
me he hated and that was the reason my middle name is Scott.

My son when he was about 8, the same age
as Pop when he lost his father, and John and
Meagan's then newborn daughter C.J.