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5 TED Talks on Aging to Inspire You
posted 03.07.2016

As a professional in the field of aging, you have a lot to think about—budgets, fundraising efforts, clients and their family caregivers and the challenges they face, not to mention the self-care we all must do to avoid burning out. Your work is challenging and rewarding and, at times, overwhelming.

We at the American Society on Aging believe that ongoing professional education, leadership development and a robust professional network are essential to helping you remain connected to the passion and dedication that brought you into this field in the first place. And with the 2016 Aging in America Conference just around the corner, we've been thinking a lot about what inspires professionals day in and out and how we can make this year's conference a place where our members can come together as a community to support each other while learning and growing as professionals. 

Basically, we can't wait to see you all in Washington D.C. in a few weeks! But, you don't have to wait for Aging in America to find inspiration. Here are 5 TED talks that you can watch right NOW to whet your appetite for AiA16, as well as our year-round web seminar program and online and print publications:

1. Samuel Cohen: Alzheimer’s Is Not Normal Aging — And We Can Cure It

More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to increase drastically in the coming years. But no real progress has been made in the fight against the disease since its classification more than 100 years ago. Scientist Samuel Cohen shares a new breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research from his lab as well as a message of hope. “Alzheimer’s is a disease,” Cohen says, “and we can cure it.”

There are nearly 60 sessions and events scheduled during the 2016 Aging in America Conference on the topic of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Search the sessions to learn more.

2.Kenneth Shinozuka: My simple invention, designed to keep my grandfather safe

Sixty percent of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his night-wandering grandfather and the aunt who looks after him ... and how he hopes to help others with Alzheimer's.

Don't miss Innovation, Imagination and Inclusion: Designing for an Aging World presented by ASA's Networking on Environments, Services and Technology (NEST) during the 2016 Aging in America Conference.

3.Robin Morgan: 4 powerful poems about Parkinson's and growing older

When poet Robin Morgan found herself facing Parkinson’s disease, she distilled her experiences into these four quietly powerful poems — meditating on age, loss, and the simple power of noticing.

Check out the Parkinson's Disease Foundation's PD ExpertBriefing web seminar series.

4. Diana Nyad: Never, ever give up

In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating ... Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that's how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida -- at age 64. Hear her story.

5. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin: A Hilarious Celebration of Lifelong Female Friendship

Legendary duo Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have been friends for decades. In a raw, tender and wide-ranging conversation hosted by Pat Mitchell, the three discuss longevity, feminism, the differences between male and female friendship, what it means to live well and women's role in future of our planet. "I don't even know what I would do without my women friends," Fonda says. "I exist because I have my women friends."

Check out Relationships, Health, and Well-Being in Later Life, the Spring 2014 issue of Generations

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