This project's funding goal was not reached on December 9, 2013.
This project's funding goal was not reached on December 9, 2013.
Be sure to scroll down to the extra bonus reason at the very end. If the act of smiling came in a bottle, it would be a priceless wonder drug or a controversial substance like ecstasy! This point is driven home by a CareToon™ on the value of smiling.
In 1900, U.S. life expectancy was 50. Now it’s over 78 and rising. Globally it's the same story. Life is getting longer just about everywhere.
We’ve got extra years to enjoy! ... But wait ...
According to the World Health Organization, the percentage of older people needing support from working-age adults will increase from 10.5% in 1955 and 12.3% in 1995 to 17.2% in 2025
And according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 70% of Americans over 65 will need long-term care services at some point.
Tens of millions in the U.S., hundreds of millions globally, will need help moving around, bathing, etc.
Thanks to today's great resources we can now --
The information on the new senior options is vast and growing, but reading it can be time-consuming, confusing, and boring.
Enter the Long-Term Health CareToons™ collection!
With this collection (in eBook form), for the first time there will be easy, fun access to everything notable and new in long-term health and senior living. The reader just --
Spending more of your extra years with extra life, one way or another -- that's the idea.
Far beyond yesterday's nursing homes, these options include --
These include --
There will also be CareToons™ and facts that prompt thinking about various other options for superior senior living and long-term health.
Thanks to new and emerging options, more of us can now enjoy productive, rewarding lifestyles for years longer than earlier generations could imagine.
For example, there will be CareToons™ that portray --
Whether you're 25, 95 or in between, aging is an issue that needs a light touch. Though decline and disability are likely, today's options make it easier to ...
There will be CareToons™ touching on all aspects of healthy aging and productive life extension.
They’re a great way to lighten up discussions with --
The CareToons™ may also lighten up communication between --
We foresee a new world of buoyant health and prosperity for all -- people living decades longer, still contributing and enjoying life as never before. To help that happen, we are creating a Long-Term Health Network.
This Internet-based organization will offer resources such as the CareToons™ collection, supplied by those who share our vision.
These resources will not always include humor, but will be enjoyable and accessible through art, play, conciseness, or critical relevance.
A possible next project, following this one, is tentatively titled, Smile! And Earn Longer! (To pay for your keep as you live longer).
It's an eBook that will take a light look at funding the lifestyles we want and the "care and repair" we'll need -- as more of us stay fit, feisty, and effective into our 70's, 80's, 90's, or past 100.
I will manage everything --
Why am I qualified to do this?
(1) I am a published author. My books, used in classrooms and business, include --
(2) I know something about long-term health care:
(3) I'm a cheerleader for those who live longer, stronger. My article “Riding the Life Extension Wave” was the cover story of the December, 2011, issue of National Underwriter Life & Health, the leading industry journal.
(4) I love working with creative artists. After studying art and English at Stanford University and Whittier College, I have collaborated with gifted designers and illustrators in commercial book, periodical, and web publishing projects.
(5) I have a long business history. For decades I have served as consultant to IBM, AT&T and other large companies, and now assist organizations of all sizes as Director of the EraNova Institute.
The $10,000 (project goal) will support writing and publishing the work in eBook form and, very important, commissioning cartoonists around the globe to create original drawings.
Why am I NOT planning to compile a collection of existing cartoons? Here's the rub. Too many cartoons on the topic too aggressively PUT OLDER PEOPLE DOWN -- with a laugh, to be sure, but leaving a bad feeling in the gut.
Or many of these existing cartoons PUT DOWN THOSE WHO SERVE OLDER PEOPLE: insurance companies, agents, lawyers, investment and banking institutions, senior living and care facilities, and the Government officials who set the ground rules for how we live as we live longer. This undermines trust and induces seniors to put off securing essential services.
There's a need for cartoons that make people laugh or smile in a way that --
The Long-Term Health CareToons™ collection will accomplish this.
Just imagine millions smiling their way through the wide range of choices for long-term care, health and productivity.
$50,000. If this amount or more is raised, we'll be able to create a print version of the collection. A copy will be given to all who pledge at the $39 or higher level.
$500,000. If we get this much, heck, we'll make a movie! If Batman and Superman cartoons can be translated into film, why not Smile! You're Living Longer! (We're working on a "senior superhero" plot.) All who pledge at the $10,000 or higher level will be listed as co-producers.
A larger amount. Some Kickstarter projects have raised millions (current record, $10,266,845). There's no upper limit when imaginations catch fire. With substantial extra dollars, we'll make a higher-budget movie with wider distribution to help more people smile as they live longer. And we'll do other great things to empower one of the world's biggest underutilized resources: 500,000,000-plus people over 65 and billions more 25 and up -- all yearning to be as vital and effective as they can for as long as they can.
Breakthrough medical and scientific research shows that smiling:
Details, with sources, on the incredible positive power of smiling:
At the $19 and up pledge levels, you get selected CareToons™ each month as they’re created. You get them immediately, by email, prior to the publication of the eBook. You may share these with friends, family and colleagues ... to help them smile their way to a brighter longer life right along with you!
If you’re a professional, you may use this stream of CareToons™ to make important points with your clients, customers, colleagues or constituents. The CareToons™ employ humor but deliver much more. They can be powerful mind openers for your message and for the value you bring.
It is always a challenge completing any work requiring creativity, coordination, and communication.
With my years of experience writing books and articles, setting up multiple websites and social networks, and consulting with corporate teams, I believe the risks are minimal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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