At the Mercy of Strangers

At the Mercy of Strangers
In a culture that values independence above all, many are terrified of growing dependent on the care of others. What could bring dignity and even meaning to the frailty we may face at the ends of our lives?  Read more...


Don’t Deny Your Age, Celebrate It

Don’t Deny Your Age, Celebrate It
Recently someone asked me if I would participate in a talk called "Don’t Let an Old Person Move into Your Body." I thought about it for several days, and then I declined.  Read more...


Trading the Porch Rocker for Poetry: How Tim Carpenter Is Inspiring Creative Aging

Trading the Porch Rocker for Poetry: How Tim Carpenter Is Inspiring Creative Aging
When you’re talking to Tim Carpenter about how he envisions the future of old age, at some point it strikes you: he’s talking about older people as … people. They’re not “seniors.” They’re not “the 62-and-older crowd.” They’re not … other.

And this makes you think of how often older people are automatically pictured in a rocking chair. When you say 82-year-old, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds doesn’t seem to be painter, writer, student or mentor.  Read more...


Rethinking Drinking in Your Later Years

Rethinking Drinking in Your Later Years
Baby boomers are working harder and playing longer than previous generations—and toasting life to its fullest at the end of the day. But for many, it may be time to think about holding back a bit as we pour the next cocktail. Even a seemingly temperate drink can become difficult to metabolize as our physical and mental states change with the years.  Read more...


Grandma Took the iPad

Grandma Took the iPad
I am a reader who reads all the time, for work and pleasure. I even read about what to read next so I am never caught without something to read! My idea of hell would be to lose that ability.  Read more...


Caitlyn Jenner: the Messages in the Image

Caitlyn Jenner: the Messages in the Image
Photo by Annie Leibowitz
What the commentators fail to say about Caitlyn Jenner is that when she came out as a woman publicly in Vanity Fair recently, she did not come out as an older woman.  Read more...


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The Silver Century Foundation promotes a positive view of aging. The Foundation challenges entrenched and harmful stereotypes, encourages dialogue between generations, advocates planning for the second half of life, and raises awareness to educate and inspire everyone to live long, healthy, empowered lives.

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"It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment; in these qualities old age is usually not poorer, but is even richer."

Cicero (106-43 BC)

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