Thinking out loud - ACROSS GENERATIONS
When we go into the classroom…. inevitably you get one person who raises their hand and says, “I’m only 18. Why should I care about aging?” And it’s so important that they do. My reality tomorrow of aging is also going to be their reality in a tomorrow that’s a little further off.
Director, Sloan Center on Aging & Work
Some social scientists believe the shift in age demographics is nothing short of a social revolution. But, they also warn if hope and expectations are to be realized, we need to first confront tenaciously held pre-conceptions, assumptions and bias.
Beyond creating age-friendly communities and along with working longer, here are some of the many "big ideas" Coming of Age in Aging America will explore.
Thoughts to Explore…
Downhill...or uphill?: Our Emotional lives - Laura Carstensen, Director, Stanford Center on Longevity, on why old age may bring increased happiness, not less.
LOSING OUR MINDS: FACT OR FICTION? - Laura Carstensen, questioning the long-held belief that cognition declines with age.
The “A” Word - Jacqueline James, Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, on ageism – a prejudice we still accept.
An Aging Society Isn’t About Old People - James Jackson, Director, Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan, on young people pondering old age.
Time Management - Laura Carstensen, Director, Stanford Center on Longevity, on redesigning a lifecourse that embraces our longer lives.
It’s Not Only About Individuals - Jack Rowe, MD, Director, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on An Aging Society. People who want a healthy old age are eating better and getting fit. Now our social structures and policies are poised to get in shape.
The Dance of Interdependency - Dennis McCullough, MD, Geriatrician, Author – My Mother, Your Mother, on what parents and children can teach each other.
The National Council On Aging’s One Away Campaign presents the stories of elder Americans and their struggle for economic security…in their own words.
The Stanford Center on Longevity studies the nature and development of the human life span. Their mission: redesign long life.