Wider Lens Needed in Envisioning “Successful Aging”

Posted on September 3, 2020

Members of our alliance attended New Jersey Foundation for Aging’s 22nd annual conference, which was held virtually this year. Our impressions of this event, titled 2020 Vision for Successful Aging, were shared in a post on the foundation’s blog.

Mornings on the golf course. Weekends with the grandkids. Vacations to dreamed-of destinations.

These are the visions of “successful aging” in many people’s minds, reflections of the one-dimensional view of growing old that is all too pervasive in our culture.

Not that those pretty images of retirement life aren’t experiences that people should desire. But without taking a deeper look at all the potential challenges and opportunities of growing older, many individuals will fail to anticipate later-in-life needs and desires.

In its advocacy work, The New Jersey Foundation for Aging routinely seeks to widen the lens that society trains on the lives and livelihoods of older adults, and the organization’s annual conference this year succeeded in doing just that.

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