November 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rethinking (and even Celebrating) Aging No fee. Registration deadline: November 8. PROGRAM Are you happy with the way our youth-obsessed culture defines aging? If your answer is “NO!” you’re in good company. Our culture has long favored the young over the old, but that view is rapidly shifting. Expert opinions and current research show there are many positives associated with this passage. Join us for this one-hour presentation and panel discussion with the leaders of a group of Medford Leas residents who have spent the past year exploring ways to reframe how we think about aging. What you’ll come away with:• An understanding of how experts are redefining what it means to age. • Key findings of educators, researchers, activists and writers who are challenging and revising stereotypes of aging. • Easy, practical exercises you can use immediately to think more productively about your own aging. • Experiences of people in the Medford Leas discussion group whose perceptions of aging have shifted. • A rich resource guide with websites, articles and books to help you find your own path through the aging process. LEADERS/PANEL Our leaders are from Medford Leas’ Lumberton Campus. Pat Kidd, whose professional work has focused on how personal values impact decision-making, founded the group after reading leading researchers and thinkers who are actively challenging the way society views aging. Jayne Bodner retired to Medford Leas after a high-powered career as an information technology professional, most recently with Goldman Sachs. She was particularly interested in this discussion of aging and how people make the transition from busy midlife to the pace of retirement. They will be joined by a group of participants in Celebrating Aging! for a panel discussion on how this group has affected their own aging process.