Daily Archives: December 22, 2014

Shahbaz — what the heck does it mean?

shahbaz_definitionShahbaz?  This word popped up in an article I read this morning in the local newspaper.  The theme of the article related to senior living and the green house concept.  This method of living involves smaller housing units, hence fewer bedrooms in each and easy to reach dining and living areas.

Shahbaz is a new word to me.  A search on the internet first gave me a general definition.  It said: A shahbaz is a universal worker who provides a wide range of assistance, including personal care; activities; meal planning, preparation, and service; and laundry care for seven to ten elders. The Shahbazim also perform light housekeeping duties.

Delving deeper, I found shahbazim.blogspot.com.  It gave the exact definition of what I read about in my morning paper.

Here is their definition of shahbaz:  shahbaz (noun) A shahbaz is a person who works in a Green House with elders and is dedicated to (1) the enlargement of the skills and capacities that are latent within the elders and (2) the pursuit of the most positive elderhood possible. They are the midwives of a new elderhood. Plural: shahbazim