Socratic Conversation: Creative Aging: New Ways to Thrive & Contribute, with Ron Gross, Thursday, 5/30, 3:45-5pm

Thursday, 5/30, 3:45-5pm

Creative Aging: New Ways for to Thrive and Contribute throughout Our Ever-Longer Life-Spans - for Our Parents, Our Grandparents, and Ourselves -If-We're --Lucky! Socrates himself reached the peak of his powers at the age of 70 (not an easy feat in those days) - and he would have continued growing, learning, and 'kicking butt' if he hadn't been sentenced to death by hemlock! So what about the elders we care about? And what about those of us who will likely live past 100? Please come share your experiences and reflections:
  • Are you a victim of Ageism - prejudices, attitudes, languages and practices that harm older adults?
  • What concerns do you have about the future well-being of the elders in your life - your parents and grandparents? Are you now "caregiving" or are you likely to become a care-giver for an elder's quality of life?
  • Are you aware that your own eventual "successful aging" depends on the everyday things that you are now doing to maintain your well-being?
Suggested optional reading: The Third Chapter, by Sara Lawrence Lightfoot (Sara Crichton Books, New York, 2009). Related Event: New Aging for a New Age, University Seminar on Monday, 5/20, 7-9 pm at Faculty House, Columbia University -- Inspired by Socrates' famous conversations with his friends in the marketplace of 5th century Athens, we engage in spirited discussions of ideas and issues. Socratic conversations range broadly and probe deeply into the basic challenges of life. They are informed by the latest literature for reference and follow up. While building a sense of community on campus, these meetings enliven the intellectual atmosphere and model dialogue and discussion as modes of inquiry. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries. These highly-participatory conversations with fellow students are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education. Where: Second Floor Next session: Thursday, 6/20, Topic: TBA

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