Ithaca College Gerontology Institute Speaker Will Discuss Rethinking Our Notions of Aging
ITHACA, NY — Rhoda Meador, the recently appointed director of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, will deliver the institute’s fall 2011 Distinguished Speaker Series talk, “Reframing Aging: Older People as Community Assets,” on Thursday, Nov. 3. Free and open to the public, the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.
“We are currently in the midst of a so-called ‘longevity revolution’ in which people born after 1950 can expect to live 20 or 30 years longer than their grandparents or great grandparents,” Meador said. “This trend is often framed in alarmist terms, resulting in concerns about the increasing burden that older people will place on our health care and social support systems.”
However, Meador added, a more positive perspective is one that reframes the contributions of older adults as a valuable resource that can have an immensely transformative and positive impact on our communities.
“When engaged and mobilized effectively, this group can use their collective experiences and talents as tremendous forces for good.”
In her presentation, Meador will highlight examples of contributions this group is making in areas such as public education, youth mentoring, environmental stewardship, family support and the arts.
Meador assumed her directorship duties at the Gerontology Institute on Oct. 3. Prior to coming to Ithaca College, she worked at Cornell University for 15 years, most recently as the associate director of extension and outreach for the College of Human Ecology and the associate director of the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center.
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