Lindsey McDivittLindsey McDivitt:  This website brings together my favorite things—picture books, positive aging, and gardening. Gardening you ask? Well okay that’s a stretch, but research tells us we must plant the seeds to growing older in positive ways starting very young and nurture the process in childhood.

P1000470I loved working with older adults for more than 25 years in the community, rehabilitation centers, long term care and hospitals. A degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Minnesota led me to work primarily with survivors of stroke—the most amazing older role models! I created education and support programs and trained peer visitor volunteers. As a consultant I wrote educational materials and taught workshops for professionals in organizations including the American Heart Association

I’ve long nurtured the desire to write, but drinking up books on writing and rarely putting pen to paper didn’t get me very far. Then I had the good fortune of co-editing Climbing the Mountain: Stories of Hope and Healing after Stroke and Brain Injury (Fairview Press 2008, 2014).

The role of stories in revealing hidden strengths was highlighted for me and I’ve broken through my barriers to actually write picture books and non-fiction for young people. I’m currently learning all I can about the world of children’s publishing.

familyTerrific older role models inspire me, including Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers, an advocacy group for older citizens. Hearing her present while in my early 20’s, and also Betty Friedan, soon after The Fountain of Age was published was powerful. Twenty years later I was thrilled to participate in the birth of the Vital Aging Network.

After many years in Minnesota and six in Lawrence, Kansas, I currently I live in Michigan with my husband and daughter–soon to join her brother in living away from home.

More about Lindsey. Definitely not “need to know”…

  • We adore a tiny rescued pup with a very long moniker “Rocky Forrest Ferris…” plus several others. (I take no responsibility.)
  • I tend to stumble frequently when walking the dog–I’m gazing up at beautiful large trees. (I often pat them, but only occasionally hug.)Summer 2012 065
  • The movie I never tire of– Love Actually.
  • We regularly “adopt” university students far from home–China and Singapore so far. They really enrich our lives.
  • I tell people I have a “pack-a-day habit” using little sticky notes. Love reading non-fiction books, but really dislike note-taking.
  • The Great Lakes and the mighty Mississippi River inspire total awe and I visit every chance I get.

    Pictured Rocks Natl Lakeshore, Lake Superior

    Pictured Rocks Natl Lakeshore, Lake Superior

“Children today are expected to live longer than any other generation of Americans. Let’s rise to the challenge of promoting positive aging and combating ageism—it benefits everyone”.  Sandra L. McGuire RN, EdD

Dr. Sandra L. McGuire is an advisor for the A is for Aging blog and resources. She is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Dr. McGuire is a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and serves on the AGHE K-12 Committee. She is director of the Kids Are Tomorrow’s Seniors Program (KATS) and served as a member of AARP’s National Policy Council.

Dr. McGuire has worked with the Teaching and Learning about Aging Project, served on the Board of the Center for Understanding Aging, and contributed materials to the National Academy for Teaching and Learning about Aging. She has coordinated a university gerontology program and taught courses such as “Aging and Society”.

Over a period of almost 30 years, Dr. McGuire has contributed to numerous books and published on aging, aging education, promoting positive attitudes about aging with children, and aging as portrayed in early children’s literature in journals including: Childhood Education, Journal of School Nursing, and Educational Gerontology.

She is the author of the Growing Up and Growing Older Booklist compiled over many years. Like the resources at this website it is a compilation of carefully selected children’s literature with meaningful portrayals of older adults. (See Resources for more information and blog page for reviewed books.)

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