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“Coming Together To Make Aging A Little Easier”: TTN Caring Collaborative in
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In “How We Love Now” I talk about the difference between care-giving and care-getting, by which I mean the necessity of watching out for one’s own needs even if it means asking for help (and we all know how hard that is!).

As a model for one kind of care-getting I describe the Caring Collaborative created by The Transition Network (TTN).

Here is an article that describes how it works….

By Elizabeth Pope
The New York Times
September 11, 2011

Support Network

Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times - Support Network Charlotte Frank, right, with members of the Caring Collaborative, Shoya Zichy, left, and Pam Ramsden, at Ms. Frank's apartment.

LAST summer, Shoya Zichy was about to drop off a prescription at a friend’s house when she tripped and dislocated her elbow in Midtown Manhattan.

As Ms. Zichy lay helpless on the sidewalk, Pam Ramsden came along, on her way to visit the same woman, who was recovering from a traffic accident. “I couldn’t let Shoya go to the hospital alone, so I jumped in the ambulance with her,” said Ms. Ramsden. “I’ve never seen anyone in such pain.”

Ms. Ramsden, 67, spent the next 10 hours in a hospital emergency room with Ms. Zichy and accompanied her home in a taxi at 1 a.m. “I was so grateful she was there, because I was in shock and could barely function,” said Ms. Zichy, a corporate career coach in her 60s…

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The Caring Collaborative is an innovative model for aging in community developed by The Transition Network, a growing non-profit organization for women over 50 who join forces to successfully navigate life’s transitions.

The TTN Caring Collaborative is laying the groundwork for a support system to allow women to live independently through the exchange of information and services organized by and provided by peers in the TTN community.

After a year of testing, the Caring Collaborative is poised to become a new national model for organizing care and support among members in the community. In less than one year, members logged more than 500 hours of caring exchanges! Join now!

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