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.
Margaret Morganroth Gullette: Revolutionist against AgeismApril 20, 2018by Leigh Ann Hubbard-This article is the next in our series on the future of aging: interviews with people who are experts in their fields and are also visionaries. We’re asking them to talk about what they believe will happen in the years…
Martha Holstein: Feminism and the Future of AgingMarch 8, 2018by Leigh Ann Hubbard-Conventional wisdom doesn’t mean much to Martha Holstein, PhD. “I never set out to be a devil’s advocate,” she says. She just happened to be one. “I always saw the opposite of what other people saw.”
Henry Cisneros: Homes—and Neighborhoods—Should Work for All AgesJune 29, 2017by Leigh Ann Hubbard-For years, Henry Cisneros watched his father, George, live an active life with limited mobility. A stroke at the age of 59 had left the elder Cisneros without the use of his left arm and left leg. But parts of his house were modified to accommodate his limited mobility. He was able to live there, with his wife, Elvira, in the home and close-knit neighborhood where they’d raised their children, until two years before he died in 2006 at age 89.
Tim Carpenter: Retirement Can Unleash CreativityMarch 28, 2017by Leigh Ann Hubbard-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.
Ellen Goodman: It’s Time to Talk about DeathMarch 27, 2017by Mary Jacobs-The first glimmer of Ellen Goodman’s vision for the Conversation Project started with a suitcase.
When she was 25, Goodman went home to visit her family. Her father had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and would pass away three months later. Her mother had just given him a gift: a brand new suitcase.
At the Mercy of Strangersby Wendy Lustbader-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?
Armed and Aging: Is That a Problem?by Dana DiFilippo-Richard Swift grew up in the era of John Wayne and Gene Autry, cinematic cowboys whose armed antics drove his daydreams. He had a BB gun years before the first whiskers sprouted on his chin. At 12, he got a…
Retirement: Does It Have a Future?by Flora Davis-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…