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Human Values in Aging Newsletter | Print |

Human Values in Aging Newsletter

Apr. 1, 2008

AARP Office of Academic Affairs H.R. Moody, Editor

In This Issue:

-- Stages on Life's Way

-- Meditation and Alzheimer's

-- Positive Aging

-- Creativity in Later Life

-- Web Sites to See

-- Books of Interest

-- Calendar of Events


STAGES ON LIFE'S WAY is a philosophical meditation on life's journey, by the great Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. It is less of an answer than a deeper set of existential questions that Kierkegaard wants us to explore as we go through life. For a commentary on the work, visit:


For a recent treatment of the subject of life stages see Thomas Armstrong, THE HUMAN ODYSSEY: Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life (Sterling, 2007). Details available at:


For an interview with Armstrong, visit:



Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School’s Center for Spirituality and Mind are studying "Effects Of Meditation On Early Cognitive Impairment." This study is funded by a research grant from the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation. The leader of the foundation is Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, renowned for his expertise in the field of brain function. For details visit:


For more on spiritual dimensions of Alzheimer's, see work at the Mayo Clinic at:



For a brief video interview with Ken and Mary Gergen, discussing "Positive Aging," visit:


Ken and Mary Gergen edit the Positive Aging Newsletter. For more about their work visit:


To subscribe to the Positive Aging Newsletter, go to the HealthandAge.com subscription page at:



Classical Pursuits, a Toronto-based organization that sponsors year-round learning vacations for adults who come together to study and discuss great works of literature, art and music, will celebrate its 10th anniversary by presenting a five-day program, LATE EDITIONS whose theme will be creativity in later life.

From July 13-18, 2008, more than 200 adults from all over the world will gather at the University of Toronto's St. Michael's College to consider master works by, among others, Shakespeare, Eugene O'Neil, Dostoyevsky, Beethoven, Rembrandt, Monet, and Henry Adams, all produced during the latter years in the artists' lives.

For further information or to register, visit:



MARKETING AND MEANING. Marketing expert David Wolfe has written an insightful piece on "What Marketers Need to Know About Aging Boomers: Determining the Meaning of One's Life" at:


ENVIRONMENT AND AGING. The Environmental Literacy Council offers an overview of the implications of population aging for the world around us at: http://news.aarp.org/UM/T.asp?A910.52852.5253.14.4405747

SPIRITUALITY. Read "Spirituality, Religion and Healthy Aging," by Lisa Chippendale at:



THE LONGEVITY REVOLUTION, by Robert Butler (Public Affairs, 2008). A culmination of a lifetime's meditation on the meaning of aging by Pulitzer Prize winner Butler. For details on the book, see:


POSITIVE AGING: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, by Robert D. Hill (Norton, 2005).


Communications Press, 2008). Details at:



LEGACIES: "Women's Lives, Women's Legacies: A Legacy Workshop for Women" with Rachael Freed. (Apr. 3, 2008, Minneapolis, MN). Workshop with Rachael Freed, devoted to passing on legacies and personal meaning to link generations past and future. Includes learning to create a spiritual-ethical will.

From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum; registration fee of $125 includes lunch and all materials. For details, visit:


SPIRITUAL ELDERING: "From Age-ing to Sage-ing." (Apr. 4-6, 2008, Encino, CA). A weekend of spiritual growth for older adults at Holy Spirit Retreat Center. Workshop leaders are Rev. Ron Erlandson, retired chaplain, and Rev. Judy Turberg, Chaplain at Claremont Theological Seminary.

For Information and registration, contact, Rev. Myrna Wheeler, Chaplain, Hillcrest Retirement Community, at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 909-392-4354.


"Creating Rituals for Times of Change: Mastering Life's Transitions" (Apr. 6, 2008, Rye, NY). Daylong workshop by Andrea Sherman, gerontologist and founder of Transitional Keys exploring rituals in the second half of life, including launching an encore career, celebrating a landmark birthday, or caring for an aging parent. For details, visit:


For information and reservations, call 914-967-6079 or email:

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DEMENTIA: "Deeper Into The Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer's Towards Forgetfulness Care,"by Dr. Nader Shabahangi (Apr. 16 and 23, 2007, San Francisco, CA). Book release party sponsored by Pacific Institute and its program, Elders Academy Press.

Book review and discussion. Apr. 16th, 2008 at 5:30 PM and Apr. 23rd, 2008 at 5:30PM, Laguna Grove Care, AgeSong at Lakeside Park, 624 Laguna Street, San Francisco and 468 Perkins Street, Oakland. To RSVP or for more information, call 877-243-7664 or email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Annual Conference: "Gerontology at the Cutting Edge." (Apr. 17–20, 2008, Atlanta, Georgia). Keynote speaker is Dr. Robert Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE LONGEVITY REVOLUTION. For conference details, visit:


ELDERS AS HEALERS: "Giving Back to the World: Elders as Healers of Family, Community and the World" (Apr. 18, 2008, Chicago, IL). Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, facilitated by Michele Baldwin, PhD, Certified Sage-Ing leader. For more information, contact Mary Belcastro at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 312-981-3386 or Michele Baldwin at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 312-337-0506.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES: "Preparing Community Colleges for an Aging Population" (May 1, 2008, Nanticoke, PA). Keynote presentations by H.R. Moody (AARP) and Judy Goggin (Civic Ventures). Sponsored by Luzerne County Community College in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, American Association of Community Colleges, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and AARP-Pennsylvania.

Location: Luzerne County Community College's Educational Conference Center in Nanticoke, PA. On May 2, H.R. Moody speaks on "The New Aging Enterprise: Opportunities for Innovation in an Aging Society." For details, visit:


Or call Dr. Peter Balsamo at 800-377-5222, x. 601 or email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

"What do you have that you have not received?" 1 Cor. 4:7

This electronic newsletter, edited by Harry (Rick) Moody, is published by the Office of Academic Affairs at AARP (601 "E" Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20049) and is cosponsored by the International Longevity Center-USA. The Newsletter contains items of interest about humanistic gerontology; it does not publish original writing but is limited to brief and timely announcements. To submit items of interest or request subscription changes, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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