Community Resources for Members

Davidson Village Network 

Your Trusted Source for Fun, Educational & Informative Resources for Senior Adults in the Davidson Community 

We offer something for everyone. If we don’t have it listed as a topic or category – let us know and we will get it for you.

You probably know lots of online searches to do, like “AirBnB” for places to stay when you travel, and “Senior Resources” for stuff that’s particularly aimed at our age group.

This Davidson Village Network (DVN) Community Resource page tips you off to unusual, quirky, and fun businesses, community activities, events, discounts, and websites. We will add new sections periodically, so email us your ideas for the upcoming categories—scroll down for that list.

LOCAL BUZZ

News of Davidson – A nonprofit website for news and information about Davidson and its environs.

Davidson Event Digest – A weekly email compilation of upcoming public events at Davidson College. Click here to sign up for your weekly copy.

TRIPPIN’

Road Scholar

“Inspiring instructors, spirited conversations, new friends, new experiences — being a Road Scholar encompasses the best of the university experience.” https://www.roadscholar.org

Tours

These tours are “fun, affordable, and culturally broadening.”

Rick Steves Tours

Burke Christian Tours

Davidson Parks and Recreation – Day Trips

Shepherd’s Center Travels

Travel from Your Own Home

Enjoy the following virtual tours!

Central Park in New York City

Kukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands

Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Get Social!

Join one of the many free events with Davidson Village Network.

Coffee Club with Davidson Parks and Rec – Free Social hour. Click here for information

Memories light the corner of the mind . . .

StoryCorps –  The mission of StoryCorps is a public service for preserving and sharing humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Recording a StoryCorps interview couldn’t be easier: You invite a loved one, or anyone else you choose, to one of the StoryCorps recording sites to share a 40-minute conversation. Not able to get to a recording site? Use the StoryCorps App and make a plan to record anywhere.

Deals for Seniors

Golden Age Park Pass

We live in a beautiful country and our national parks are an extraordinary treasure. The cost is $80, which still isn’t bad for a lifetime pass.

 

The Destination Magazine

Do you seek new destinations to explore, or ideas for things to do with friends and family? You’ll find someplace new each month in the Destination Magazine.

Have more ideas for “Trippin'”? Send an email to us!

 THAT INQUISITIVE MIND…

Civics 101 –

Civics 101 is a ten-week citizens’ academy designed to educate, inform, and entertain residents interested in learning more about the Town of Davidson municipal government.  The class runs annually February through April.  www.ci.davidson.nc.us/235/Civics-101

Davidson Senior Scholars

Once a month, typically the third Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m at Davidson Town Hall for Town of Davidson sponsors a lecture on a current topic of interest to the seniors in our community. The program runs from September to May. To check the upcoming schedule, call 704-892-3349 or visit DPR online at www.townofdavidson.org/dpr.

Davidson Learns

DavidsonLearns offers classes and learning opportunities to enhance the intellectual, social, and cultural life of senior adults. www.davidsonlearns.org

 SAVE A BUCK.. (Local discounts)

Charlotte On The Cheap – Daily deals and free or inexpensive events around Charlotte.

Lake Norman Area Savings

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (and other Cultural Pleasures)

Time Goes By Blog –

Information about great music of all types.

DRUGS  (prescriptions and medical breakthroughs)

Mayo Clinic

Discount Prescriptions

MY HOUSE IS A VERY VERY VERY FINE HOUSE (Homes, yours and others’)

Minka HouseUnique solution to Living and Aging in Place

 

INNOVATORS IN AGING

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health leader. In this Ted Talk he suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine — with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.

 

Dr. Bill Thomas – Author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit (The Eden Alternative) which works to improve the care provided to older people. He is the creator of The Green House® which Provider Magazine has called the “pinnacle of culture change.” Dr. Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders.

Ashton Applewhite – Famous for her book This Chair Rocks, Ashton Applewhite, offers tools to help catalyze a movement to make discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind. S

ZEN AGING

Namaste Connections – Stay connected to your best self with tools, guidance & inspiration designed for life’s second half. Look for gentle yoga practices and meditations for life balance.

 

IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS – About our generation (sites specific to our demography, issues, public policy, interests) 

Time Goes By

Ronni Bennett is known as the “mother superior of elder blogging”. You will find humor, health and wellness information, music, current topics all related to as Ronni puts it “what it’s really like to get old

Next Avenue 

Information on Work, Caregiving, Health, Money relevant to older adults.

 

Yo, Is This Ageist?

Pushing back against ageism—which affects everyone.

I GOT TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT… (Staying active)

YMCA OWLS Program

A free resource for exercise classes of all types through Lake Norman YMCA.

 

Davidson Parks and Rec Yoga for Seniors –

Sustainable Yoga designed for older adults! Practices can be modified for sitting in a chair instead of getting on the floor and/or using the assistance of a chair for balance work. The purpose is to meet you wherever you are each day. Come for improved strength and balance and leave with a smile!

TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF (BECAUSE THE KIDS MIGHT NOT)(healthy aging, resources, adaptation to changing circumstances, new treatments, safety in the home)

Aging 411

AARP

KnowHow – Contact Davidson Village Network’s Vice President, David Critchlow, for more information. You can send him an email at carlislesouth@gmail.com.

Good Grief –

A local resource for support, encouragement and knowledge to cope with grief.

 

COMING TO THE END OF THE LINE

Atul Gawande  – Dr. Atul Gawande – Gawande has become known as the canary in the mine for American healthcare system in his writings and his best selling books. Being Mortal, his personal meditation on aging illness and end of life, called for a philosophical change in the system.

Additional Topics — to come in the near future: 

READ ON (reviews of great books on aging)

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

New Yorker magazine writer and illustrator’s graphic memoir, which tells her experiences of helping her aging parents’ transition from her childhood home in Brooklyn to assisted living and ultimately the rest of their lives. Chast’s combination of cartoons, stories, and photographs touch on sensitive subjects with humor and compassion.

Disrupt Aging

“A bold New Path To Living Your Best Life at Every Age” by Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP with Boe Workman.  If you are one of the many baby boomers, ages fifty and older, who are as Jenkins describes, “makers and doers” and want to seek out possibilities for living your best life, this one is for you. Jo Ann Jenkins focuses on three main areas health, wealth and self and encourages changes in aging attitudes.

Aging Well – The Harvard Study of Human Development

The study’s major findings show that:

“Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes.”

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning – How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

Self-described as somewhere between 80 and 100 years old, Magareta Magnusson, artist and author, assumes the meaningful role of an elder and gently guides us with wisdom, delightful humor and sensitivity through the Swedish process of ultimate decluttering called “dostadning”or death cleaning.

Aging As A Spiritual Practice

Lewis Richmond, Buddhist teacher and author writes: “Growing older and wiser, is not just a saying, it is an activity”. Through his sharp step-by-step guides for home practice, research and personal stories, Richmond helps us navigate aging.

DIG IT (Gardening)

Davidson Garden Club’s motto is the best use to make of life is to spend it for  something that outlasts life — plant a garden.  See their Facebook page.

Davidson Community Garden – if you are looking for a place to get your hands in the dirt and help others in the community – contact Eddie Beach at beachclub@mi-connection.com for more information.

NEED A BELLY LAUGH? Or  want to hear Trivia ?                           Addicting time wasters- (amusing or interesting links, videos, etc)

A Southern lady from Graham, NC who will make you crack up with her anecdotes about worldly experiences and living with her left-brain husband https://www.youtube.com/user/JeanneRobertson/videos Watch some of her hilarious videos.

SOUL LIFTS

Need a smile, inspirational quote or a story to brighten your day? Click here.

YOU SAY TOMAHTO   (Communication)

Expand your vocabulary – learn a new word every day — click here!