Demographics

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elder concierge

elder concierge: a range of non-medical services for older people who are living independently; includes providing: companionship; transportation to recreation or medical appointments; and help with household tasks, travel plans. May also be referred to as "senior concierge" or "elder-to-elder peer care" services. *** TROVELOG *** AgeWell Global, based in Washington, D.C., is pioneering a model of elder-to-elder [...]

kinkeeping

kinkeeping: the activities a person uses to foster and maintain connections with and among many family members: visiting, emails, phone calls, sending gifts and cards, planning reunions, and mediating family disputes. *** TROVELOG *** But researchers exploring family affiliations point out that a so-called “matrilineal advantage” does exist. That is, daughters generally have closer ties to their own [...]

union workers

            11.9: The percentage of American workers in unions last year, the lowest proportion in more than 70 years, according to the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of workers in unions fell by 612,000 last year, to 14.7 million. About 20 percent of workers were in unions in 1983; the figure was [...]

BRIC

acronym for the four large, rapidly growing economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China          Jim O’Neill, the chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management . . . is perhaps best known as the economist who nearly a decade ago coined the acronym BRIC — for Brazil, Russia, India and China — developing economies that, [...]

Portland/ retire

  In the music video that kicks off “Portlandia,” a new comedy series making its debut Jan. 21 on IFC, Fred Armisen walks the streets of Portland, Ore., singing to a flat, synthesized soundtrack and praising [Portland] as a flannel-clad slacker’s paradise where “young people go to retire."      [Italics added.] See article at: New York [...]

Dunbar’s number

#Dunbarsnumber - the idea that a person can only have a limited number of close relationships, probably around 150.   [O]ur minds are not designed to allow us to have more than a very limited number of people in our social world. The emotional and psychological investments that a close relationship requires are considerable, and [...]

urban sharecropping

Help with Your Food Garden “… James Lucal in Seattle …  not only brings home the local produce, he got a local to grow it for him directly outside his home. And yet he spent almost nothing for this luxury, and lifted not so much as a trowel to make it happen. Welcome to ‘urban [...]

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food desert

a low-income urban, suburban or rural area where there are limited vendors of fresh produce but often numerous fast-food outlets     For cities, one particular problem is "food deserts" – low-income areas where the prevalent food options are chips and soda at corner stores instead of leafy green vegetables at supermarkets.   See article at: CSM 14Feb11 - The [...]

third places

  The Great Good Place, a book by the urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg, talks about the social and psychological importance of what he calls "third places."  He designates home as "first place" and work as "second place". He describes "third place" as somewhere neutral, convenient, comfortable and welcoming. It’s where regulars gather and where conversation [...]

ghost/ shadow inventory

homes financed by mortgage loans on which no payments are being made but have yet to be listed in a foreclosure sale.   [R]eal estate agents and mortgage brokers wary of optimism are focusing on a new term that has entered the housing lexicon: ghost inventory. Banks appear to be sitting on thousands of homes [...]