Healthy Aging: “Happiness Across The Life Span” By Susan Bell (USC Dornsife)

From a USC Dornsife Magazine article by Susan Bell:

Not a Slippery Slope after all

Happiness Across The Life Span Illustrations Nicole Xu for USC Dornsife MagazineContrary to popular opinion, when it comes to well-being, our lives do not represent an inevitable decline from the sunny uplands of youth to the valley of death. Instead, the opposite is true — we can confidently look forward to old age as the happiest time of our lives.

More than 50 years have passed since The Who’s Pete Townshend penned these immortal lines on his 20th birthday, resulting in the band’s iconic ode to rebellious youth, “My Generation.” These days there is no hint that the rock star, now a spritely septuagenarian, is entertaining any regrets that his youthful wish didn’t come true.

USC Dornsife Magazine Fall 2019So why do people grow happier as they age? Is it an absence of stress, or are they able to focus more on what brings them joy?

But as a young man, Townshend certainly wasn’t alone in dreading old age, and while his suggested remedy for avoiding the unavoidable may have been extreme, he also wasn’t alone in wanting to dodge what we tend to believe will be the miseries of aging.

To read more: https://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/3117/happiness-across-the-life-span-not-a-slippery-slope-after-all/

Travel Trailers: “Bowlus Road Chief” Is Light Weight, High Tech Luxury

From the Bowlus Road Chief website:

Bowlus Road Chief interior JPGThe Endless Highways is the ultimate luxury performance RV. As the industry leader with the most advanced technology, our high tech design is further elevated by more than two dozen luxurious and exclusive features and accessories. An exquisite manifestation of freedom, technology, and design, the Endless Highways ensures that your adventures are only as limited as your imagination.

Explore our magnificent public lands in the most luxurious way. A spacious, Zen-like bedroom converts from two twins to an incredible king so you can accommodate all your travel companions. The hotel-style en suite bathroom makes traveling to events like Monterey Car Week and the Kentucky Derby a five-star experience. The main cabin has dining for four. The Endless Highways is your stunning exploration guide to elevated escapes and adventures.

To read more: https://bowlusroadchief.com/endless-highways/

Food Trends: Kroger Launches Meal Delivery With ClusterTruck

From a Kroger Press release:

ClusterTruck Online app“The way our customers order and receive meals is evolving, and ClusterTruck’s innovative culinary and digital design is cracking the code for the future of profitable meal delivery,” said Yael Cosset, Kroger’s CIO. “Kroger is leveraging ClusterTruck’s advanced technology to ensure our customers don’t have to sacrifice quality and value for convenience when it comes to meal delivery. Kroger Delivery Kitchen Powered by ClusterTruck will allow our customers to access restaurant-quality fresh and delicious meals like never before and without having to pay excessive service or delivery fees.” 

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), America’s favorite grocer, and ClusterTruck, a software platform that powers profitable, vertically integrated delivery-only kitchens, today launched a partnership that will change the way Americans access freshly prepared meals. By offering multiple menus from one central scratch kitchen, Kroger Delivery Kitchen will deliver fresh and delicious meals on-demand without service or delivery fees.

To read more: http://ir.kroger.com/file/Index?KeyFile=401318028

New Architecture Books: “Lair – Radical Homes And Hideouts Of Movie Villains” (Tra Publishing)

From Atlantis in The Spy Who Loved Me to Nathan Bateman’s ultra-modern abode in Ex Machina, big-screen villains tend to live in architectural splendor. The villain’s lair, as popularized in many of our favorite movies, is much more than where the megalomaniac goes to get some rest.

Lair Radical Home and Hideouts of Movie VillainsInstead, the homes of the villains are places where evil is plotted and where, often, the hero is tested and must prove him/herself. Like evil itself, the abodes of movie villains are frequently compelling and seductive. From a design standpoint, they tend to be stunning, sophisticated, envy-inducing expressions of the warped drives and desires of their occupants.

Lair, the first title in Tra Publishing’s Design + Film series, celebrates and considers several iconic villain’s lairs from recent film history. The book, strikingly designed in silver ink on black paper, explores the architectural design of these structures through architectural illustrations and renderings, photographs, essays, film analyses, interviews, and more.

To read more and purchase: https://trapublishing.com/products/lair

Healthcare For Seniors: Best Buy To Increase “Digital Health” Service And Insurers Will Pay

From a Becker’s Hospital Review online release:

Best Buy Assured Living“Today, most of the seniors we serve are utilizing easy-to-use mobile phone products and connected devices that are tailored for seniors and come with a range of relevant services,” Best Buy CEO Corie Barry said during an earnings call Nov. 26, according to a transcript from Seeking Alpha

“We also expect to advance our commercial business where the services we provide for seniors are paid for by insurance providers. This includes services such as remote monitoring based solutions that provide meaningful insights to improve timely care and reduce the cost to serve frail seniors,” she said.

Best Buy is known as the largest specialty electronics retailer in the U.S., and a key part of its growth strategy is centered on digital health initiatives.

In the past year, Best Buy has spent roughly $1 billion on acquisitions to expand its healthcare services, according to Forbes. The company’s expansion into healthcare has helped it overcome broader declines in consumer electronic sales, according to Bloomberg.

To read more: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/strategy/best-buy-s-healthcare-strategy-get-insurers-to-pay.html?oly_enc_id=9129H5611090H0N

“BuildingBridges” Is A Spectacular Short Film Tribute To German-American Friendship (2019)

Directed by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI

Written by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI & CODY CHRISTENSEN
Produced by MIRKO PROHASKA & JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI
Director of Photography FELIX REICHERT
B Camera Operator & Animation VALENTIN RAPP
Production Designer BARBARA PEISL

BuildingBridges Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI 2019

CAST
Pilot of German ballon TIM TAYLOR
Pilot of American Ballon ZACHARY BRAMBLE
Hitchhiker Girl BARBARA PEISL
Hitchhiker Boy LEVI ALLEN

BuildingBridges Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI 2019

CREW
Production Supervisor LISA GHIO
Production Assistant ALEXANDER SCHULZ
Property Master RONNY BIARD

High above the sacred Navajo land of Monument Valley, two hot air balloons float, circling each other as if in a dance. One carries the German flag, the other that of the United States. A closer look reveals that the balloons are not only tethered together, but that a person is walking on this thin, connecting line.

BuildingBridges Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI 2019

This is the sight that the protagonist of the short film #buildingbridges beholds, as he steps out of his humble Utah home and looks up at the sky. An old and lonely man, he finds his own courage through the actions of these strangers.

This balancing act in movie form by the young creative agency One Inch Dreams (oneinchdreams.com) was commissioned by the German Embassy as a tribute to German-American friendship.

BuildingBridges Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by JOHANNES OLSZEWSKI 2019

watch the documentary of BuildingBridges here: vimeo.com/376121031