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A Dream is Forever – It Can’t Erased June 6, 2010

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A dream is forever – spurn it if you will –
Somewhere in your heart there’s a part of it still;
Somewhere there’s an echo – a smile or a sigh,
Recalling that long-ago dream that passed by.
A dream is forever – it can’t be erased;
And richer the life that a dream has embraced,
Warmer the heart that has felt the bright beam
Of life-giving hope shining forth in a dream.

Thank You For Being a Part of Our UNO Success! May 28, 2009

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Ageless Dreamer would like to thank all our members and supporters of our unique mission for their time, help, and inspiring attitude at our recent EAT for the DREAM event at Uno Chicago Grill  on May 12.   Special thanks to Ellie White and her co-workers from Measured Progress; Brenda Clement and friends for their recently formed Dream Savers group to Fundraise for the Dream;  Martee Crowley (Murals & More By Martee) who generously donated hand-painted wine glasses for the silent auction; Abby Deely  who reminded others to call in for Take Out orders; fellow Rotarians; friends from Foster’s Daily Democrat; faithful Board Members; and  Riverside Rest Home for providing the transportation for  Lura Johnson – who will turn 103 years old at the end of May.

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Ellie W. and her mother, Lura J., now...

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Your energetic presence and encouragement had a generous impact on the success of this friend and fundraising event. On behalf of those who continue to dream out loud, we extend deep appreciation from the bottom of our ageing toes for all your efforts. We sure enjoyed doing it with you! 

 

 

 

Board Member Peter W. and Dreamer Ruth K. Now and Then.

Board Member Peter W. and Dreamer Ruth K. Now and Then.

 

 

 

Riverside Rest Home Van

Riverside Rest Home Van

Focus – a Five Letter Word April 9, 2009

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Phew. The power of focus takes alot of focus.  I’m learning that every day as I aim to put into action the lessons taught in the book, The Power of Focus. [by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Les Hewitt].   Focus on your strengths, it says, and eliminate everything that is holding you back. O.K. I’ve been working on that for almost two weeks and find myself talking to myself as a reminder: “If you keep doing things the same way, you’re going to keep getting the same results.”  O.K. I’m definitely hooked on that one and changing some of those “bad habits” that have taken over.   

For example, I never realized how many e-newsletters, that have no real immediate value to me, that I get every week. In the past ten days I’ve “opted out” of 27 different ones. Good grief. Everything from BJ’s, to Campers World, to Crate and Barrel, and everything in between.  I know where to find them if I need to look for something — but I don’t need them in my face when I’m trying to FOCUS. 

What am I focusing on?  The success of Ageless Dreamer.  Ways to capture the hearts (and checkbook – let’s be honest here!) of those who visit the site.  One way we’re working on is a free teeshirt. Yup,  F R E E.  in exchange for a minimum $ 50. donation.  The design is a secret until it’s up and running on the site.  Of course, if you want to be one the first ten people to have a coveted Ageless Dreamer teeshirt please let us know.  The first ten will also receive a surprise. I’m not telling you what it is, then it wouldn’t be a suprise.  So what do you say?  Who’s going to be the first to keep the dream alive!

Laurie Widmark 2009 Copyright

Ageless Dreamer on the Horizon October 15, 2008

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Picture this:

Mini vans with Ageless Dreamer all over it. People pause on the sidewalk as they watch it gliding by knowing, envious even, that they’re not old enough to be on that van. They know, if it’s an Ageless Dreamer van, bus, or single carrier, if it’s got the Ageless Dreamer signature delux brand, someone’s about to be venturing out for some dreamy dream activity.  What that activity is depends upon the choice du jour: music lessons, art lessons, Wii play (are they listening to the Attitude Seal of Approval opportunity here?), dance, voice, writing lessons for memoirs, novels, fiction, screenplays….and how to get them published.  Maybe we’ll even find a publisher with heart who sees the value in all this and signs on for the Attitude Seal of Approval.

Actually, at this moment, Ageless Dreamer has two requests on the table: an author born 1921 dreaming of having her first novel published; 2) a gent, born 1923 dreaming of having at least one poem published.  I leave Monday, Oct 20, for the big apple aka NYC, for the National Publicity Summit.  It’s been an intense six weeks since they called and said Ageless Dreamer was an interesting enough topic that they thought the 100+ media that show up would be interested in learning more about. So, listen up, they said, we’re gonna’ groom you to be ready to be “on TV”. Just in case.  It’s been an awesome and somewhat stressfull experience preparing for the Summit.  Forget the fact that I need to show up every day like “you’re ready to be on TV”.  As I partake in the 90 minute teleseminars weekly preparing me for this, the weekly one on one phone calls with my assigned Media Coach, Publicity Coach, Image Consultant (Yikes!) I become more engaged, intimidated, exhilerated, scared to death, calm, motivated, and downright determined to make this experience get Ageless Dreamer above the day to day NOISE of what growing old looks like.  Lest you forget: wheelchairs, Depends (could they repackage them please? Another Attitude Seal of Approval candidate.), prescriptions for everything and then some, doctors, more doctors, Life lines (what happened to end-of-life-lines?). Need I go on?   

Will any of the media at the Summit really get what Ageless Dreamer is all about? Am I saying it right?  Will Ageless Dreamer survive it’s third year anniversary on January 10, 2009?  Will I sleep (or my poor husband sleep because of me not) January 9 wondering? or will it, because of lack of interest or because it’s waaaaaay too big to tackle, close the doors to an extraordinary idea outside the box?  I’ve heard it said: If it was easy, every one would be doing it. Remember that quote? Here’s a new one for you that I hope you’ll remember someday: Thank you for helping us to continue to dream dreams too big to fill alone. 

Sleep well and dream on, my friends.

Copyright 2008 Laurie Widmark

Another Aha Moment October 7, 2008

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Yesterday I set up a table at another Senior Wellness and Awareness fair in Concord, NH.  Looking around the room I saw maybe 50 or more providers all with different products or services: Refurbished medical equipment, hearing aids, emergency life lines, AARP, Assisted Living facilities, insurance, inhalers, and more and more and more.  It made me realize that, after doing a dozen of these type events, that maybe, just maybe, Ageless Dreamer was trying to get the attention of the wrong audience.  Our table display was also the only one that had balloons – orange, yellow, and red – to match our sunrise/sunset logo!   Ageless Dreamer – an attitude worth having.  But the folks there who really cared  what Ageless Dreamer was about were some of the vendors.  Those that were age 30-something to 60 something.  They talked about their parents and grandparents and their dream.  Ageless Dreamer was a “fun” mental wellness display amongst all the other displays of basic everyday, albeit important, needs.  I do need to say that one other display who was there could also fit under the “fun category”:  Elder Music.  The Director and developer of this program, Paul Bordeleau, gives piano lessons to groups of ages 55 to 99+.  Paul’s brochure says “You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you  grow old because you stop playing….”  The program was specifically designed to meet the needs of the senior student, with teaching materials especially developed for Elder Musik.    We might just need to invent a senior Fun Fair!  The displays will all and only be for things like: bicycles and trails to ride or walk; where to go for hot air balloon rides; how to publish you first book; voice or dance lessons; fishing trips; and more and more and more.  Then Ageless Dreamer will be the star of the show, reminding the care-givers and adult children of our oldest generation to remember to ask them: Do you have a dream?

Copyright 2008 Laurie Widmark

Are You a Dreamer? September 23, 2008

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Fast forward a  short twenty-eight years from now and approximately 12 million of us will be turning 85 years old…never mind those turning the centenial age of 100 – which is the fastest growing demographic in America.

We currently live in a society that is searching for creative alternatives to how to take care of all the housing, care-giving, and medical needs for our oldest generation. And a way will be found. But what about the simple notion of dreaming? Will Care-Givers and adult children caring for their elders remember to ask them: Do you have a dream? Will anyone care? Or will they be so busy with basic day to day care giving responsibilities that they forget to ask?

Laurie 1965

Laurie 1965

Laurie Widmark

Laurie Now

Dreaming is ageless. And Laurie Widmark, Founder of the Ageless Dreamer, knows this from experience. As someone who’s father called her a dreamer as a teenager – and it wasn’t meant as a compliment – Laurie has taken her passion to prove it possible. It all started after the death of her twenty-three year old daughter in 1998 when she discovered she couldn’t listen to the “noise” on radio or TV wrapped around her grief. She needed instead, as she refers to it, “the loud, quiet sounds”. It was this time frame in her life, as she approached age fifty in 2000, that she decided there must be more than turning fifty than receiving AARP in the mail. She declared she was an “ageless dreamer” and set out to change the way society views its oldest generation and to help bridge the generation gap.

The Ageless Dreamer Foundation encourages our oldest generation to dream out loud, enhancing their quality of life. Laurie Widmark has been nominated for the 2008 Family Hero award in the June edition of Family Circle Magazine, and also the NH Real Estate Association 2008 Good Neighbor award for her efforts. She is often invited to speak to elder caregiver affiliate groups. A New Hampshire Real Estate Broker and Rotarian, she is asked to speak at Rotary Clubs, and 99% of the time brings a dream recipient to share the experience.

Copyright 2008 Laurie Widmark