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Spring 2020 Think-ins

Join us for engaging and thoughtful conversations on aging

UPDATE: The March and April Think-Ins have been postponed

Joe Coughlin Think-in Info

Writing a New Story for Aging

with Dr. Joe Coughlin, director of MIT AgeLab

Thursday, March 12 at 7:00PM

Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St. Newton, MA 02459

The world’s fastest-growing market is also its most misunderstood. For decades, conventional myths have said that older adults simply want to age into a life of leisure. But defying conventions is what has defined your generation. You’re not ready to simply settle. You still have goals, ambitions, and the desire to continue a quest toward self-actualization.

At our next enlightening Think-In, author of “The Longevity Economy” and Director, MIT AgeLab, Dr. Joe Coughlin will share what he has learned through more than 20 years of research into what older people actually want — not what others suggest they need. He’ll examine the unheralded vision of longer life our aging population is building, and discuss how baby boomers as consumers can use our collective power to change and influence the marketplace.

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Melissa Andrews Think-in Info

The Changing Landscape of Senior Living Options

With Melissa Andrews, President and CEO of LeadingAge Virginia

Wednesday, April 6th at 3:30

Newton Free Library,330 Homer St, Newton, MA 02459

The current senior living options on the market aren’t for everyone. There is the national movement underway to create affordable living options for moderate-income seniors, who have savings or equity in their home, but who either do not have enough to afford the high-end communities in Greater Boston or who may be looking for a different type of community.

Melissa Andrews, President and CEO of LeadingAge Virginia, will present consumer research on middle income seniors’ changing priorities and how this is influencing two new models under development by non-profit senior living providers in Virginia’s and 2Life Communities (formerly JCHE) in Greater Boston. Following the talk, we invite you to stay for a discussion led by 2Life where you can share your ideas on how best to bring this new type of housing to Newton.

This event is cosponsored by the Newton Free Library and the City of Newton Department of Senior Services.
Refreshments served.

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From Aging-in-Place to Aging-in-Community

with Sara Zeff Geber, author of “Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers” and “Live Smart After 50!”

Tuesday, May 26 at 11:30AM

Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St, West Newton, MA 02465

“Aging is, and always has been, a team sport. The myth of ‘aging in place’ harms people by defining the decision to share one’s daily life with others as failure."
– Dr. Bill Thomas

Strong social networks are our best tool for optimal aging. Sara Zeff Geber, author of “Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers” and “Live Smart After 50!” will share how the choice to age in community creates the best opportunities to build these networks to pursue your passions, conquer loneliness and isolation and leave a meaningful legacy, something greater than ourselves.

Participants will learn about the resources available in her book, including worksheets, assessments and checklists that offer a roadmap for individual planning. These resources include unique guidance for adults with no children and those who are aging along for other reasons.
Refreshments served.

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“This Chair Rocks”

with Ashton Applewhite, the author of “This Chair Rocks”

Thursday, June 18 at 3:00PM

Congregation Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

Words matter! We are witnessing a societal change right here in Greater Boston in how government, businesses and individuals are using new language that demonstrates the value of older adults in our community. In Boston, the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly became the Age Strong Commission. The City of Newton is proposing to build a new senior center and rename it the Center for Active Living, and so much more.

Aging is a natural, powerful, lifelong process. Ageism is the scourge of discrimination that sidelines and silences older people. Ashton Applewhite, the author of “This Chair Rocks” is catalyzing a movement to make discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind. Come learn about her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging and how you, too, can mobilize against it. After her talk, join in the conversation with 2Life Communities to hear how they are creating new language to describe their innovation new offering for moderate income seniors.
Refreshments served.

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