2016 Age of Disruption Tour coming to Omaha!

All of us are aging. Our community, like every other community across the nation, faces many challenges as we live longer. Housing and long-term care are the ones we most often think about, but there are others – including a culture that values youth to the exclusion of elderhood and a cultural dialogue that embraces the tragedy narrative of aging and memory loss, instead of embracing the rich growth that is possible in the second half of life.

As part of a strong relationship and friendship rooted in shared beliefs on the evolving culture of aging and elder care, RDG is thrilled to co-sponsor the upcoming Omaha stop of the 2016 Age of Disruption Tour, a highly energetic movement “…barnstorming the country in a rock n’ roll tour bus to bring communities a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging.” The tour carries one simple message: aging = growth.

Along with The Weitz Co., one of the largest senior living market builders in the country, RDG will help welcome Dr. Bill Thomas – leader of the 2016 Age of Disruption Tour, pioneer of The Eden Alternative and founder The Green House movement, self-proclaimed revolutionary, and one of The Wall Street Journal’s top 10 innovators.

Dr. Thomas’ passion and knowledge have greatly helped shift the way people think about senior skilled nursing environments, putting a focus on residents as the center of programming, design, and daily operations, and creating comfortable, home-like living and healthcare environments around their specific desires and needs. His approach takes the technical side of care and makes it personal and welcoming, from how elders are cared for in skilled nursing environments, to how the culture of the spaces are thought through, to designing buildings around that culture, to helping shift the current societal perception of aging.

Having recently completed Florida’s first Green House Project at The Woodlands at John Knox Village, RDG and The Weitz Co. are eager to sponsor an event that will give the community, and the country, a completely new perspective on aging. “Dr. Thomas’ impact is helping people think about how aging can be reimagined,” says RDG prinicpal John Birge, who has a deep personal commitment to improving the lives of our elders through building design and construction. “We need to get rid of stereotypes and understand that as we age, we continue to have purpose in our lives and should live each day with a passion for getting out of bed and having a positive influence in our communities.”

Read more in the Omaha World Herald. Tickets to the Tuesday, September 20th event are available to the public, who is highly encouraged to attend – purchase tickets here.
Below are the day’s events, being held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center at 202 South 20th Street in Omaha:

  • Disrupt Dementia A two hour workshop that blends live music, film, neuroscience and psychotherapy with the first-person words of people who live with dementia. This workshop is for ANYONE whose lives are touched by dementia, their family members, and their caregivers. (2:30-4:30 p.m., $20)
  • Life’s Most Dangerous Game Dr. Thomas’ signature theatrical production! An hour-and-a-half of live music, storytelling, science, and mythology that challenges the ageist stereotypes and encourages us to embrace aging and change as growth. (7:00-8:30 p.m., $20)
  • The Lobby Experience A special community-focused experience planned by RDG and The Weitz Co. featuring live music, local art, local vendors, food trucks, and other community-relegated displays (4:30-7:00 p.m., free)


To learn more about RDG’s strong relationship with The Green House Project, click here.

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