Perspectives

The Future of Retirement

The Future of Retirement
Someday, Americans may recall the 20th century as the heyday of retirement, when individuals left the workforce in their 60s with decades ahead in which their time would be their own. Life’s later years are apt to be very different in the future—for better or worse. A quick look at the past suggests why that’s so and what may be in store for us.  Read more...
 


 

What Is Old Age For?

What Is Old Age For?
Old age is humanity's greatest invention, and on an even deeper level, it invented us. Old age transformed the way our most distant ancestors gave birth, reared their young, lived together, and fed themselves. Later it propelled the development of culture, language, and society.  Read more...
 


 
Features

When Athletic Ability Declines with Age: 6 Tips for Staying in the Game

When Athletic Ability Declines with Age: 6 Tips for Staying in the Game
At 55 years old, Heidi Christensen relishes the chance to defy stereotypes. “You didn’t just get passed by an old person,” she says of the 20- and 30-somethings she zooms by on bike paths. “You got passed by an old lady.”  Read more...
 


 

It’s Never Too Late to Exercise—but Starting by Midlife Is Best

It’s Never Too Late to Exercise—but Starting by Midlife Is Best
Harrison Caldwell had a good excuse for not being athletic: one of his legs was about a quarter inch shorter than the other, thanks to a childhood bout with polio. Plus, his feet were so flat that the Army turned him down at the height of the Vietnam War.  Read more...
 


 
Blogs

The Love of Her Life

The Love of Her Life
I guard my dear mother’s privacy as if she were still alive, but I have decided to rescue this particular part of her story from her secret archives because there are so few narratives about romance in late life. My mother met the love of her life when she was in her mid-70s. Fred (as I will call him) was three years older. They fell in love. Their affair lasted years and years; they were deep into their eighties before it suddenly ended.  Read more...
 


 

Fanning the Embers

Fanning the Embers
In 2009/2010, as dementia made it increasingly difficult for my elderly mother to engage in meaningful conversation, I began to explore alternative ways for the two of us to connect. As a visual artist with a background in photography and design, I turned to what I know best and have found so fulfilling, the expressive arts and activities that draw on the imagination to awaken wonderment, discovery and delight. I started with simple, improvised cardboard masks and went on to do mirroring exercises, facial games (staring contests and seeing who could make the other laugh first), theater improv, collaborative and guided drawing, crafts and more.  Read more...
 


 
Issues
Quizzes

Test Your Aging Skills

Did you know your beloved iPad could be keeping you up at night?

Will a quick midday catnap help you catch up on lost sleep?

Take this quiz to find out how to sleep like a baby at any age.

Photo Gallery

The Hands-Some Journey Project

The Hands-Some Journey ProjectPhotographer Elaine Zelker captures life stories through hand held objects.

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Our Mission

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.

Notable Quote

"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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