One of the persistent preoccupations I've had for the past several years has to do with fostering opportunities for collaborative human development. I'm provoked by the strong idea that we can come together for mutual learning, support, and praxis as whole human beings traveling through the life-course. Aging is a profoundly intense lived experience we are all having, no matter where we happen to be in our travels in terms of chronological age and life-course stage. How can we share our experiences related to the aging journey? What connections can we make, those of us who are working in the field of gerontology, between our personal and professional experiences related to aging? And what are ways into understanding the aging experiences of others--whether those "others" are our family members, friends, clients, or our own "inner elders"? These are just a few of the questions I've been asking myself, my students, my colleagues, my gramma, random people I meet...there are certainly many more questions to be asked. I wonder what your questions are?
I'll have an opportunity to explore some of these questions tomorrow, Wednesday September 16th, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Summerplace Assisted Living (15727 NE Russell, PDX, Oregon) as part of their Education and Empowerment Series.
I will kick off the series by presenting a seminar entitled "Intergenerational Inquiry—Thinking Together." I can't wait! Maybe I'll see you there?