10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern
Underwritten by a grant from MetLife Foundation.
Fee: $35; Open to 150 registrants.
Pre-registration is required. Attendees must also be registered for the Aging in America Conference.
Immigrants helped to build the United States, and they continue to contribute to its economic and cultural vitality. Our nation’s immigrant population deserves better than the health disparities they now face as they age in their adopted country.
Imagine you married your soulmate and raised three children together. Then your husband, at age 65, suffers a massive stroke, can no longer speak and becomes incontinent and cognitively impaired. Emotional support is a one-way street and intimacy is nonexistent. You devote all your time to meeting his needs and juggling financial worries as medical expenses exhaust the family assets. Your only outing is a monthly caregiver support meeting. The stroke has imprisoned you in the unsolicited role of mother rather than wife.
For much of the 20th century, human life in America went something like this: Go to school, maybe college. Find a job. Stick with it. Climb the corporate ladder. Turn 65. Retire, get a gold watch, move south to play bingo and eat dinner at 4:30. A whole life narrative built off a philosophy of “once and done”—one degree, one career, one direction.
It’s official! No longer is it impossibly uncool to be over the hill. Fifty years after they formed, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys continue to pack stadiums. If the ever-exclusive, always-chic preserves of the entertainment industry are open to “seniors” who should be “retired,” it’s time to hold up the mirror: with life spans a full three decades longer than they were a century ago, how should we plan for our own aging process?