In a culture that values independence above all, many are terrified of growing dependent on the care of others. What could bring dignity and even meaning to the frailty we may face at the ends of our lives?
The work of elders may never have been so important as it is today, when the continuation of life on Earth is at stake and wisdom is in short supply
The general wisdom was, until recently, “If you want to live a long, healthy life, choose your grandparents wisely.” While of course one can’t, just 30 percent of physical aging is genetically predetermined, according to an eight-year study of 1,000 well-functioning seniors, by MacArthur “genius” grant recipients John Rowe and Robert Kahn.
Japanese families are getting smaller while the ranks of the aged are growing. A co-operative has stepped into this vacuum, connecting thousands of elders who have something to give and something to receive.
These grandparents bring savvy and compassion to the task of raising another generation
A college founded by abolitionists builds on the dream of a school open to all, turning student family housing into a visionary model of sustainable living