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"The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go, as we are, and not be questioned." -- Maya Angelou

Hello! Among this week's stories, we learn about tiny homes being purposefully built, seniors living with students, and even a hawk sharing an eagle's nest. We also learn about 'glammas', older people creatively counteracting the invisibility that can come with aging. Hope you enjoy them all and wishing you a good week!

COMMUNITY

Bay Area Churches Build Tiny Homes For Homeless Neighbors

Bay Area Churches Build Tiny Homes For Homeless Neighbors

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Lending new meaning to the phrase love thy neighbor, San Francisco Bay Area churches are turning their parking lots, backyards, and other bits of unused land into tiny homes for the homeless members of their communities. And one local nonprofit has made it their mission to help. Firm Foundation Community Housing, co-founded by a Presbyterian pastor, walks churches and secular land owners through the daunting process of designing a tiny home community, securing city permits, applying for funding, and finding a contractor. So far, the organization has helped open tiny home villages on parking lots and extra land owned by churches in Livermore and Castro Valley, and on an Alameda County medical campus in unincorporated San Leandro. Another 14 projects are in the works across the Bay Area and Firm Foundation hopes to spread its reach even further in the region. Tiny homes seem to be the wave of the future when it comes to homeless housing; they offer safer, more dignified alternatives to dorm-style shelters. The tiny homes in Firm Foundation projects include bathrooms and small kitchens. Read Full Story.

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SCHOOLS

Students Move With Seniors To Save On Rent And Stave Off Elders' Isolation

Students Move With Seniors To Save On Rent And Stave Off Elders' Isolation

Tierra Mallorca | Unsplash

In British Columbia, Canada, an innovative program through Simon Fraser University is matching seniors with rooms to rent with students who need housing. While the program has financial benefits for both the seniors and students, the more impactful benefit may be reducing social isolation. "It's lovely for me, and also, I must say, for my kids who don't live nearby and know that if I fall down on the floor, there's somebody who will eventually find me," said Michael Wortis, a senior who rents out a room in his house through this program. Mr. Wortis' renter, Siobhan Ennis, said, "Having somebody to share stories with, keep in touch with on a regular basis–that kind of routine, I think of–it was really nice to have that stability." Canadian Census data identify an aging population and an increase in one-person households. Programs like this can help reduce social isolation, create safety for vulnerable people during extreme weather events, and help people financially. Read Full Story.

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BUSINESS

Eco Airships Expected To Start Service In 2026

Eco Airships Expected To Start Service In 2026

Hybrid Air Vehicles

About 1,800 jobs will be created in England to build 10 new environmentally friendly 100-passenger airships that will go into service with a Spanish airline starting in 2026. Hybrid Air Vehicles has signed a deal to provide Air Nostrum with 10 of its Airlander 10 helium-filled airships. The aircraft, to be built at a new green aerospace manufacturing cluster in South Yorkshire, will have a much smaller CO2 footprint per passenger than jet planes. HAV has said its aircraft are ideally suited to inter-city mobility applications like Liverpool to Belfast and Seattle to Vancouver, which Airlander can service with a tiny fraction of the emissions of current air options. The craft, originally developed as a surveillance vehicle, "is designed to deliver a better future for sustainable aviation services, enable new transport networks and provide rapid growth options for our customers," says HAV, which aims to sell 265 over the next 20 years. Read Full Story.

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ELDERS

Go Glammas! How Older People Are Turning To TikTok To Dispel Myths About Aging

Go Glammas! How Older People Are Turning To TikTok To Dispel Myths About Aging

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In a youth-centric world, the wisdom of elders is an untapped treasure. According to research from the University of Singapore, many older people are turning to TikTok to reframe the experience of aging and kick back against age stereotyping. While 41% of TikToks audience is under 24, 14.5% of its users are over 50. The researchers compiled TikToks most-viewed videos of people over 60 with at least 100,000 followers, resulting in up to 1,382 posts with more than 3.5 billion views. An in-depth analysis then highlighted how older adults are proactively engaging in TikTok to defy the negative stereotypes and challenge socially constructed notions of old age. Content creators like Grandma Droniak, Grandad Joe, J-Dog, Grandpa Chan and Babs aka Nonna are showcasing their wisdom, vibrancy, energy and fierceness, proving that granddads can be granfluencers and grandmothers can be glammas -- glorious and glamorous. In using humorous, engaging videos, older people are taking a stand against bias and discrimination and rejecting the idea that they are invisible. Read Full Story.

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EVERYDAY HEROES

Eagle Snatches Baby Hawk For Dinner, Ends Up Adopting It

Eagle Snatches Baby Hawk For Dinner, Ends Up Adopting It

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A pair of bald eagles near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, have adopted a baby red-tailed hawk and are raising it alongside their own eaglet. But while the hawk is now part of the eagles' family, it could have just as easily been their dinner. "The bird likely came from a red-tailed hawk nest that was preyed upon by the adult bald eagles," ornithologist David Bird said. Webcam footage of the eagles' nest on Gabriola Island captured the mamma bird dropping the little red-tailed hawk into its nest earlier this month—likely "to be torn apart," according to Bird. "And the next thing you know, the little hawk bounces up and starts begging for food right away. That's what saved its life." At first, the mother eagle and eaglet kept their distance from the baby hawk. But by nightfall, they had become a real family, with the mother eagle feeding and fussing over both baby birds equally. Volunteer Pam McCartney said the eaglet's parents had lost one of their two chicks a few weeks prior, and she suspects the new hawk has taken its place. Read Full Story.

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