Envejecimiento y Desarrollo en America Latina y el Caribe
Escuela de Ciencias del Envejecimiento - Cursos
Defendamos el derecho a la pensión alimentaria de las personas adultas mayores
La Vejez en Tiempo de Modernidad Líquida: incertidumbres y el temor al envejecimiento
Molecular Basis of Aging and Disease, 09-13 Septiembre
Family Life in the Age of Migration and Mobility, 16-20 Septiembre

Cursos y Congresos

V Congreso de la Asociacion Portuguesa de Antropologia
Congreso ALACIP 2012 - Salud Global y Asuntos Internacionales
II Congreso Nacional de Antropologia Social y Etnologia
I Congreso Latinoamericano de Gerontologia Comunitaria


Segunda Reunion Latinoamerican Research Network of Ageing LARNA 2010
Third International Conference LARNA and Network Meeting
Cuarta Conferencia Internacional LARNA y Reunion de Trabajo

Otros Eventos

Presentación del libro de la Dra. Josefina Pantoja
Conversacion con la Dra. Veronica Montes de Oca

Material de Divulgación

Declaracion Asociacion Latinoamericana de Medicina Social (ALAMES)
Articulos Interesantes del Dr. Feliciano Villar
Los Derechos de las Personas Mayores
Foro Internacional Sobre los Derechos de las Personas Mayores
Tercera Conferencia Regional Intergubernamental Costa Rica 2012

Human Values in Aging Newsletter

Mar. 1, 2011

AARP Office of Academic Affairs

H.R. Moody, Editor



- What is My Question?
- News Flash: No Cure Yet for Death
- Spirituality of Later Life
- Theorizing Age
- Coming of Age
- Going Beyond Ego
- Web Sites to See
- Books of Interest
- Text of Life and Commentary



"We attribute to old age wisdom and sagacity and all these good things, but we don’t have much use for that in our get-up-and-go culture... We’ve become a security-obsessed culture.

We’re an air-bag culture. We buy cars because of their safety features. Everything has to be safety-proofed so that there can be no accident... It’s as if, psychically, we live in gated communities in order to keep out the unforeseen...Where has the risk gone? Aging is a time of risk, and older people have incredible courage. Just the way they cross the street. Just facing life with a more vulnerable constitution. Just going downstairs or getting out of the bathtub. Risks. Courage."

(James Hillman, interviewed in "The Sun" at:

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Dept. of Fast-Breaking Stories--- This just in !!!

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND--World Health Organization officials expressed disappointment Monday at the group's finding that, despite the enormous efforts of doctors, rescue workers and other medical professionals worldwide, the global death rate remains constant at 100 percent.

Death, a metabolic affliction causing total shutdown of all life functions, has long been considered humanity's number one health concern. Responsible for 100 percent of all recorded fatalities worldwide, the condition has no cure.

"I was really hoping, what with all those new radiology treatments, rescue helicopters, aerobics TV shows and what have you, that we might at least make a dent in it this year," WHO Director General Dr. Gernst Bladt said. "Unfortunately, it would appear that the death rate remains constant and total, as it has inviolably since the dawn of time." (For further details, see the website:

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The current issue of Second Journey's quarterly newsletter, "Itineraries," inaugurates a yearlong exploration of "The Spirituality of Later Life." Gerontologist Robert Atchley provides an overview of the year ahead, followed by reflections on contemplation, mysticism, and the spirituality of aging. Guest editor Ellen Ryan, editor and webhost of the Writing Down Our Years Series, introduces the current issue, whose focus is Writing As a Spiritual Practice. To read the current issue visit:

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A conference in Europe later this year will look at "Theorizing Age: Challenging the Disciplines." The Conference considers questions such as the following:
-How can critical gerontology be made more visible in Western public spheres, where the doom scenario of increasing health care costs due to the exponential growth of the older population reigns?
-How can critical gerontology improve its voicing of the problems that especially the oldest old or the frail elderly face nowadays?
-How can insights into fictional accounts of aging support the politics of gerontology, i.e. the improvement of the quality of life of elderly people, particularly those in the fourth age?
How can we prevent that storytelling projects with elderly uncritically repeat master narratives of aging?
-How can theories of performativity help to bridge the body/mind gap that many studies of old age involuntarily sustain?
-How can differences between the philosophical, linguistic and artistic definitions of performance fully be accounted for? How can we critically adjust and elaborate on the notion of agency that is connected to theories of performativity?
Deadline for submission of proposal for the "Theorizing Age" conference is March 15, 2011. For details, visit: For a resource on this subject, see HANDBOOK OF THEORIES OF AGING, edited by Vern L. Bengston et al (Springer, 2008).

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Coming of Age is an organization devoted to promoting new ways that people 50-plus can grow and contribute to the wider world. They've recently recently launched a free e-book, "The Age for Change," including nine chapters that explore challenging issues confronting people 50 and older. The book is meant to "start the conversation" for those asking questions about what comes next, and can work in discussion groups or book clubs.
To get the book visit:

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ROGUE SCHOLARSHIP. Read "Post-Aging: The Role of Technology" at the site devoted to "Rogue Scholarship in Aging" at:

RETIREMENT. For insight on the "Vices and Virtues of Old Age Retirement" visit:

CHANGING AGING. Eden Alternative founder Bill Thomas has a new approach to promoting positive aging: "The [Changing Aging] blogstream is a cooperative effort by people with a pro-aging vision that facilitates the creation, sharing and distribution of pro-aging content within the social media universe." To learn more, visit:

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THIS IS GETTING OLD: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity, by Susan Moon (Shambhala, 2010)
HONORING ELDERS: Aging, Authority, and Ojibwe Religion, by Michael D. McNally (Columbia Univ. Press, 2009).
LOVE OVER 60: An Anthology of Women's Poems, edited by Robin Chapman and Jeri McCormick (Mayapple Press, 2010).
For more details visit:

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RETIREMENT: "How Will the Work and Retirement Revolution Affect You?"
(Mar. 2, 2011, Palo Alto, CA). The Silicon Valley Positive Aging Forum presents Helen Dennis, best selling author and recognized expert on retirement planning. 5:30 to 7 PM at Avenidas, at 450 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA. For more details, call (408)768-1822
or visit:

RELIGION AND HEALTH: "The Science of Religion and Health: Time to be Born Again?"
(Mar. 5, 2011, Durham, NC). The 9th Annual David B. Larson Memorial lecturer, Linda K George will deliver this lecture from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., at Duke University Hospital North, Room 2001, 2301 Erwin Road, Durham, NC. For more information on registration, email or call (919) 660-7556
Or visit:

CONSCIOUS AGING: "The Liberative Model of Adult Development"
(Mar. 24, 2011, 4 PM EST, 1 PM PST). A free webinar sponsored by the Institute for Noetic Sciences as part of their "Conscious Aging Teleseminar" series. This seminar features Rick Levenson, who describes an approach very different from reductionist psychology, favoring instead a model of lifespan development and freedom. For details on the teleseminar, visit:

MEMORY & AESTHETICS: "Aging, Old Age, Memory & Aesthetics"
(Mar. 25-27, 2011, Toronto). A conference bringing together an interdisciplinary scholars working on age studies and the humanities, with a joint publication of papers emerging from this work. Keynote speakers include: Stephen Katz, Linda Hutcheon, and Kathleen Woodward.
For details, visit:

CONSCIOUS AGING: "Say Yes to Life: Changing the Paradigm from Aging to Sage-ing"
(Mar. 26-27, 2011, Albuquerque, NM). An interactive workshop led by Gary and Charlotte Carlson, presenting principles of conscious aging, including life review, forgiveness, facing mortality, and late-life spirituality. Workshop is prerequisite for the Sage-ing Training program. Counselor CEUs will be available.
For details visit:

SAGE-ING: "Changing the Paradigm from Aging to Sage-ing"
(Apr. 2-3, 2011, Chicago, IL). For details contact the facilitators: Michele Baldwin ( 312-337-0506) and Judith Helburn ( 512-454-7229)


The first forty years of life give us the text;
the next thirty supply the commentary on it.

-Arthur Schopenhauer


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