What Kind of Elder Do You Want to Be?

What Kind of Elder Do You Want to Be?
It’s like cancer. Like a heart attack. Like death. Old age—it’s something that happens to other people. And it’s not pretty.

That’s how some of us think of it, anyway, if we think of it at all.  Read more...


Want to Grow Older in a Great Place? Find an Age-Friendly City—or Town

Want to Grow Older in a Great Place? Find an Age-Friendly City—or Town
It’s not that Princeton, NJ, had a master plan to become an age-friendly city. Not many towns did in 2012. But when Susan Hoskins read a magazine article about what made for such a community, she started checking things off.  Read more...


Three-Generation Households: Are They History?

Three-Generation Households: Are They History?
Nestled within the American psyche is a nostalgic image of a three-generation household: an older couple sitting by the fire with grandchildren playing about their feet while the children’s parents look on fondly. Yet in the 21st century, so few families include live-in grandparents that some social critics have accused Americans of abandoning the older generation. Surely, they scold, grown children usually took in their aging parents in the past.  Read more...


How Long Are You Likely to Live?

How Long Are You Likely to Live?
In the United States, life expectancy at birth is 79. Some people won’t live that long while others will survive much longer. What are the odds you’ll make it to 80? To 100?  Read more...


Age Is Just a Number

Age Is Just a Number
I live in a retirement community that’s age-restricted: you have to be at least 62 to move in. A 50-something friend asked me the other day why on earth I would want to live in a place that has only one age group.  Read more...


Taking a Stand

Taking a Stand
By now you have probably read the headlines about the negative health effects of sitting too long. The studies show that not only couch potatoes, but desk jockeys as well, are compromising health and longevity by sitting for long periods of time. Runners and gym rats are not exempt. In fact, many articles claim that sitting is the new smoking.  Read more...


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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.

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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)