New Aging for a New Age: Challenges, Visions, and Strategies for a World Growing Older (and Wiser?!) – May 20

The University Seminars on
Innovation in Education (
Ethics, Moral Education, and Society

New Aging for a New Age:
Challenges, Visions, and Strategies for
a World Growing Older (and Wiser?!)

Ron Gross and Sue Salko
Members, Seminar on Innovation in Education
Co-founders, Life Review and Creative Aging

Monday, May 20, 2013, 7-9 pm
at Columbia University’s Faculty House
64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY 10027

Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65, and they are transforming America’s social, economic, political, and cultural landscapes. From family life to healthcare, from media to technology, in politics to psychology — the new prominence of older adults is generating challenges, inspiring visions, and stimulating innovative strategies.

At this session, we will explore:

1. The impact of the “Age Wave” on personal and public life.
2. Against Ageism: Combating Prejudice, Stereotypes, and Abuse.
3. Aging and the Arts: “Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing, For every tatter in its mortal dress.” (W. B. Yeats).
4. Aging and Lifelong Learning: Generativity, Life Review, Spiritual Dimensions of Aging (“Saging”), Wisdom, and “Gerotranscendance”.
5. Aging, Healthcare, and Nurturing the Older Brain.
6. Innovative Programs and Projects: Outstanding Initiatives Featured at the most recent annual Aging in American conferences.
7. Aging and American Values: How Are the Core Values of Americans Challenged by a Nation Growing Older?

Speaker Bios:

Ron has published 20 books including THE NEW OLD: Struggling for Decent Aging (Doubleday), hailed by leaders of the movement including the National Council on the Aging, and the late Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers. He was honored earlier this year for Lifetime Achievement in fostering Lifelong Learning, at the annual meeting of the International Society for Self-Directed Learning (
Sue is a licensed social worker who has served as senior advocate for NYS Senator Kemp Hannon, and is an Arthritis Foundation-certified instructor in Tai Chi and exercise modalities. She regularly presents programs for organizations such as the National Council of Jewish Women, and at senior facilities in the New York metropolitan area.
Together, Sue and Ron report each year on the annual convention of the American Society on Aging. They currently offer free Life Review and Creative Aging programs to hundreds of seniors on Long Island (NY) under grant from the Greentree Foundation.

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