300+ Crowd PVCC To Hear
About "The Upside of Aging"
"Adapt and adjust" advised Dr. Fernando M. Torres-Gil, during a discussion of Aging in America today at this year's "Upside of Aging" presentation October 30 at the Palos Verdes Country Club. Joining Torres-Gil in the discussion was Helen Dennis, a nationally recognized leader on issues of aging and retirement.
Torres-Gil, director of UCLA's Center forPolicyResearch on Aging as
well as Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at USC, was featured guest at this year's annual event sponsored by the Palos VerdesPeninsula Village.
The conversation focused on our country’s aging demographic and diverse population, what this means for our future and how it should impact public policy.
The United States will have a majority minority population by 2046 Torres-Gil said, but noted that Los Angeles County already is a majority minority community of Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders, African-Americans, and Caucasians. This changing demographic necessitates a look at major policy issues affecting Social Security, Medicare, long-term care, and the societal implications that accompany the aging of the baby boomer generation and its parents, according to the speakers.
He suggested that public policy should be directed at supporting the home and community based systems as opposed to institutionally based solutions. He also mentioned that non-White communities are far more involved in family systems than others.
Most importantly, civil societies must consist of neighbors helping neighbors based on compassion, regardless of ethnicity, he said.There should be intergenerational/interethnic coalitions, and supportive communities such as what we have created with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Village.
"No one is exempt from aging or needing help," Torres-Gil said, and suggested that everyone needs to reach out to others.
In conclusion, Dr. Torres-Gil stressed that aging is about how we adapt to the reality of new circumstances and adjust to that reality.
Helen Dennis urged that we have confidence in the future, that we have seen hard times but optimism ultimately succeeds.
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In Other Village Activities
October Salon Discusses
The Acuity of Hindsight
This quotation from Sen. John McCain provoked a lively discussion for Villagers at the October Salon.
But among the few compensations of old age is the acuity of hindsight. I see now that I was part of something important that drew me along in its wake even when I was diverted by other interests. I was, knowingly or not, along for the ride as America made the future better than the past.
Members Cheer Their Alma Maters At Tailgate Party
Beer, wine and memories flowed at the September 21 Tailgate party at Harriet and Ken Servis' home as members gathered to talk about their various University teams. Tables were decorated with various team colors and there even were a few pompoms around. The brats and kraut and cheeses were favorites as well as yummy desserts.
August Salon-Goers Tell How Language Shaped Their Lives
When villagers gathered August 17th at the home of Kathy and Bob Swank, the topic was supposed to be "How has language shaped who you are and who we are as a country."
But it turned out that participants had wonderful stories to tell about where they were born, the language that was spoken in their homes during childhood, the language their children spoke, how their native language affected their lives as they were growing up and how it has shaped who they are.
One of the members observed that it was delightful to learn about their truly varied heritage and to observe how "we have come to love and respect who we are and what we are about."
Participants had so much to say that they decided to postpone the discussion about how language has shaped who we are as a country until the next meeting in September.