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The Aging Revolution
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2 pm

By 2035, older people will outnumber children. Will we be ready?

In a report released in March 2018, U.S. Census Bureau demographers say the year 2030 will be a "demographic turning point for the United States." Beginning in 2030, "all baby boomers will be older than 65 which will expand the size of the older population to the extent that one in every five Americans is projected to be retirement age. Later that decade, by 2035, we project that older adults will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history,"

The world population is now living and working longer. Older adults are facing new challenges and living more vital lives. With the number of Americans ages 65 and older projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060, it is time to examine our prejudices about aging and build a plan for a more age friendly world.

This Conversations from Main Street program will explore past and current perceptions of aging and look hard at the ramifications of long-standing cultural myths. We'll discuss the need for more resources and new public policies to address this growing population and the value of creating age friendly communities.

Join the conversation.

Hear from our panel of community leaders, activists, sociologists, and policy makers and share your own ideas about how you and your community can promote local activism for this aging revolution. Our panel includes:

Carol Waldman, Moderator - Executive Director of Glen Cove Senior Center
Chair of the Nassau County Senior Service Providers Coalition and Senior Liaison for the Glen Cove SAGE Foundation as well as for the Glen Cove Senior Advisory Council to the Mayor. Carol is an active member of the Inter Agency Council, the Nassau County Office for Aging Advisory Council & the Northwell Health Patient Partnership Council.

Ashton Applewhite - Author, Public Speaker & Activist
Author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, in 2016 Applewhite was named "Influencer of the Year" by PBS's Next Avenue's 50 Influencers in Aging. Lifetime Arts awarded her their 2018 Game Changer Award, and she has been recognized by the New York Times, the New Yorker, NPR, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? and a leading spokesperson for the movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.

Bernard Macias - AARP, Associate State Director of Long Island
As Associate State Director for Long Island, Bernard Macias oversees community outreach and engagement, local member events and experiences, federal, state and local advocacy organizing, and directs the Island's more than 300 active AARP volunteers across Nassau and Suffolk County. Macias engages both AARP members and the Long Island community at large around issues and programs of importance to the 50-plus segment, including support for family caregivers, workshops on financial education, and advocacy.

Greg Olson - Director of the New York State Office of the Aging
Acting director of the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), overseeing the agency's day-to-day operations and the administration of federal and state-funded programs designed to assist the more than 3.7 million older adult residents in the state. NYSOFA works to empower older New Yorkers to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible, through advocacy and the development and delivery of programs and services, in partnership with a network of public and private organizations. Prior to joining NYSOFA, Olson was Chief of Staff/Legislative & Policy Director for Assemblyman Steve Englebright, former chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Aging.

Jeff Rosenfeld - Professor & Author
Rosenfeld writes on the interplay of aging, architecture, and interior design. He is currently looking into community-building by "New Ethnic Elders" who are coming to Nassau and Suffolk counties from India, Pakistan and Korea. His books (written with architect Wid Chapman) include UnAssisted Living; and Home-Design in an Aging World. Coming soon: New Ethnic Elders: The Quest For Community. He currently teaches "Design for Aging Populations" at Parsons School of Design, a division of The New School.


This program is co-presented with the Glen Cove Senior Center.



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