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Conscious Aging Alliance
CALENDAR: Each quarter the Conscious Aging Alliance creates a common calendar of events and services.
The Conscious Aging Alliance is comprised of several organizations that are making a positive contribution to a new vision of aging. The organizations in the Alliance are all committed to bringing an empowering vision of aging to today's world, and work to support each other's efforts. Learn more about these organizations below:
Center for Conscious Eldering
The Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Durango, Colorado, is dedicated to supporting the development of conscious elders. We do this by offering our signature Choosing Conscious Elderhood rite of passage retreats, introductory workshops by invitation from churches, retreat centers and other groups, Coaching for Conscious Living and Meeting Ancient Wisdom pilgrimages to meet indigenous elders. We serve those in and approaching the elder third of life who seek passion, purpose, growth and service as they age.
An important aspect of our uniqueness is that we use the power of nature to support your growth as an elder. It is in the natural world that we can most easily remember that which is authentic and natural in ourselves, and thus gain clarity and vision for how we can best thrive and contribute in a world urgently in need of the wisdom and gifts of conscious elders. Our retreats, workshops and pilgrimages all involve significant time spent outdoors in inspiring natural settings. Our Founder and Director, Ron Pevny, is author of a book based upon our unique approach to conscious aging, to be published by Beyond Words in 2014.
Fierce with Age
Fierce with Age: The Online Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration and Spirituality is a free digest featuring daily and bi-weekly summaries and excerpts of the best writing about spirituality and aging for Boomers on the web. The Digest recognizes the boom in quality aging and spirituality content for, by and about the Boomer generation.
Editor-in-chief Carol Orsborn, Ph.D., a Boomer generation expert and author of 21 books with a doctorate in religion, cites the growing number of websites and books on the subject, as well as the increasing visibility of spiritual content on Boomer, aging and spirituality websites. In addition to the Digest, Fierce with Age offers selfguided online retreats on the subject of spirituality and aging. Dr. Orsborn also serves as executive director of CoroFaith, which provides access via any web-based device to a customized audio library of spiritual and religious content for individuals in the aging and healthcare communities.
Gray is Green
Gray Is Green is a national non-profit focused on the possibility for older adult Americans to offer distinctive benefits to our society in response to unprecedented ecological challenges. These benefits may range from block-votes for a variety of policy changes to mass market demands for sustainable living choices in housing, food, transportation, healthcare and urban design. Gray-Greens possess unique gifts for adaptive response.
Such include a wealth of generational responses to war, economic collapse, epidemics, and political upheaval, together with individual responses to parenting, managing businesses, leading organizations, voting, volunteering, meeting work/life challenges, enjoying the wonders of nature and culture, and more. Following decades of environmental change—for better and for worse—and now witnessing the cumulative environmental legacy modern society is leaving to our children and grandchildren, Gray-Greens hear the call to action and reflection.
We invite to our network individuals and organizations open to the distilled wisdom and environmental passion of older adults. In response to the longing for authentic inter-generational accountability expressed by Gray-Greens, we help foster a beneficial response. All are invited to sign up at http://grayisgreen.org for our periodic email updates and news items for sustainable living and environmental advocacy. The site also offers unrestricted access to our archive of information resources and a link for donors.
Institute of Noetic Sciences Conscious Aging Program
The Institute of Noetic Sciences Conscious Aging Program has been developed for seniors who are ready to embrace the final stage of their journey as a great opportunity for spiritual, emotional, and psychological growth. It was created over four years and field-tested across a broad range of practitioners and settings. The program is built around a self-study publication, Conscious Aging: Group Process Guidelines for Facilitators, which comes with a companion workbook for participants. It consists of an eight session workshop series designed to shift participants’ consciousness from self-limitation, lack, isolation, and fear toward expansiveness, inclusiveness, wholeness, connection, and compassion.
Individual workshop sessions can be combined and conducted as an eight-lesson series, as a smaller series of several sessions, or presented individually—each session has been developed to stand alone as a complete program. The eight session topics are: Introduction to Conscious Aging, Self-Compassion, Forgiveness, Life Review, Transformative Practices, Death Makes Life Possible, Surrender–Letting Go, and Creating a New Vision of Aging.
Legacy of Wisdom
The Legacy of Wisdom project is dedicated to creating a vision of "wise living and aging." It’s founding was generated through the work of Ram Dass, Rabbi Zalman Schachter, Jay Goldfarb, Tom Valente and Roshi Joan Halifax. Other supporters have been Mary Catherine Bateson, Bob Atchley, Rick Moody, Al Kaszniak and others
A growing library (200+) of "video answers to key questions" from some of our most respected generation leaders is available in our archive library. We keep it simple to provide an easier avenue for understanding, limiting interviews to just 22 questions in five main areas of aging: Mission and Fulfillment; Aging Lifestyles and Relationships; Health and Healthcare; Legal and Finances; End of Life Preparations.
Legacy of Wisdom also publishes its findings from conferences and workshops with inspiring elders which we sponsor. Global in perspective and multi-generational in reach, we know that living wisely can occur at all ages. Courses for the United States are currently being developed for 2014. We welcome visits to our library, Comments and suggestions are always welcome and valued.
Life Planning Network
The Life Planning Network (LPN) is a national community of professionals and organizations from diverse disciplines dedicated to helping people navigate and optimize the second half of life from a holistic perspective. Our mission is to create and communicate knowledge and resources that support professionals in their work to enhance people’s later lives and thus benefit society.
We support our professionals in several ways: Members promote their organizations, businesses, and activities to the public through our web site, list serve, and monthly Newsletter. We also provide a broad range of resources specifically for our members on our web site. Business and practice development programs are offered via quarterly national webinars as well as through local chapters. LPN has created four notable resources: Live Smart After 50! The Expert’s Guide To Life Planning In Uncertain Times (paperback and eBook); The Advocacy Leadership for Positive Aging (ALPA) curriculum to train service providers who serve low and moderate income seniors; A Conversation Project Facilitators’ Guide to enable LPN members without special training to lead groups through the process of making decisions about end-of-life care; and the Life Planning Competency Inventory (LPCI), a self-assessment tool to gauge our knowledge strengths and gaps in the various areas of life in our holistic planning model.
Members gather to share and learn in a growing number of chapters around the country and at regularly-scheduled local and national programs. They collaborate, refer, co-market and partner––in person and virtually––to build their respective businesses and to advance the value of the life planning and positive/conscious aging movements for the benefit of all.
Mankind Project Elders
The Elder Body of the ManKind Project (MKP) is made up of hundreds of members over age fifty who have formally declared themselves as elders. The mission of the elder body is "To awaken and nurture intentional eldering by teaching and mentoring." When a member becomes a "declared elder" he is announcing to the community that he is living the second half of life intentionally. We believe that this intention includes being a source of blessing, an advocate for Earth, a mentor and a wisdomkeeper.
The manner in which the elder body of MKP accomplishes its mission is through four practices:
- Certified ritual elders guide a circle of elders at each new member initiation weekend in creating an maintaining a sacred container for the weekend processes led by other men we call "leaders."
- Once a man joins he is encouraged to join a support group. There are hundreds meeting all over the world. Some are made up entirely of elders and most have a elder or two as members.
- In each of our regions (Canada, USA, Germany, France, UK, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia) annual conferences are held by the elders which we call Gatherings.
- Individual elders do personal work by taking classes based on a seven stage life path we call the Elder Journey.
Memorial BrainWorks is a department within Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Indiana, and an affiliate of Beacon Health System. Our philosophy is that brain health is the single most determining factor in how we live. The quality of how our mind functions drives the ability to remember, learn, relate, think, experience, contribute and enjoy life like we want today and for all of our tomorrows. Making brain-healthy lifestyle choices is an investment in long-term mind and body resilience.
Memorial BrainWorks received an American Society of Aging/Metlife Foundation 2013 MindAlert Award in the category of Mental Fitness Programs for older adults for our program called Grandbuddies. Our Sage-ing Center, one of the vitality programs offered through the BrainWorks Wisdom School, is devoted to promoting understanding of how personal growth and development can continue as we grow older. We do this by providing webinars and, by invitation, on-site educational programs around the country.
One of our best known services is our weekend program, offered at sites across North America, to train Sage-ing Circle Facilitators. We also reach out to younger people to encourage lifestyles that will support healthy aging in their years ahead. We want people of all ages to know that there is an upside to aging.
National Center for Creative Aging
The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging and to developing programs that build on this understanding. The process of aging is a profound experience marked by increasing physical and emotional change and a heightened search for meaning and purpose.
Creative expression is important for older people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, regardless of economic status, age, or level of physical, emotional, or cognitive functioning. The arts can serve as a powerful way to engage elders in a creative and healing process of self-expression, enabling them to create works that honor their life experience.
Recognition Rites for a New Vision of Aging
Recognition Rites is a program founded by Dr. Tom Pinkson that shifts attitudes about aging and older people to the position of respect and reverence that mature cultures demonstrate with their valuation and socially integrative use of their elders. It offers a unique blend of ancient and contemporary knowledge that is the result of Dr. Tom Pinkson's forty years of work bridging cultures, traditions, belief systems and peoples. Recognition Rites offers hope and a call to action, in a most timely and necessary manner.
Recognition Rites bring people of diverse background and belief systems together for an event that helps break down barriers of separation between races, ages, religions and social class. They build community. They foster greater appreciation of diversity, of older people, of how love and appreciation enrich all our lives. Recognition Rites serves as a seed and stimulus for others in attendance to create celebrations for meaningful elders in their own lives.
Sage-ing International is an organization with the mission of helping to change our society’s current belief system from aging to sage-ing - that is, from simply becoming old to aging consciously. We believe that the wisdom and gifts of conscious elders is urgently needed in today’s world, and sage-ing supports the development of such elders. Sage-ing is both a philosophy and a set of psychological and spiritual practices, originally developed by Zalman Schachter Shalomi, that support living with passion, purpose, inner growth and commitment to service as we age.
We train and support a network of Sage-ing Leaders who transmit the wisdom of sage-ing through workshops, elder circles, and other educational and personal growth programs. Through our website, we offer a free six-month Associate Membership which provides access to valuable resources for individuals wanting to do their own conscious aging work while encouraging others to do likewise. We also conduct a robust public education program using a wide variety of social media, and are committed to collaborating with other like-minded organizations.
Second Journey is among a small number of emerging social-change organizations helping birth a new vision of the rich possibilities of later life,
- to open new avenues for individual growth and spiritual deepening,
- to birth a renewed ethic of service and mentoring in later life,
- to create new model communities—and new models OF community—for later life, and
- to marshal the distilled wisdom and experience of elders to address the converging crises of our time.
Captured in the shorthand of our logo...Mindfulness, Service and Community in the Second Half of Life
We pursue this mission through publications, including our quarterly newsletter, Itineraries, and occasional book releases; through workshops and Visioning Councils with their focus on the challenges of Creating Community in Later Life and through the rich resources on our web site.
Elder Spirituality Project of Spirituality & Practice
The Elder Spirituality Project of Spirituality & Practice provides resources for elders’ spiritual journeys through SpiritualityandPractice.com, a multifaith website with a large wisdom archive containing articles on spiritual practices; book, film, and audio reviews; book excerpts; profiles of spiritual teachers; small group programs; collections of quotations, and more.
The Project launched in 2013 with a series of interactive e-courses led by spiritual teachers known for their insights into the spiritual blessings and challenges of later life. To keep the e-courses affordable and easily accessible, they are delivered by email. Participants then create virtual communities in the online "Practice Circles" where they share their experiences.
The Elder Spirituality Project will be expanded in 2014 with a special section of the website for curated content, including program plans for small groups of elders in different settings; reviews of recommended books, DVDs, and audios for and about elders; and a database of quality-of-life spiritual practices for elders from all religions and spiritual paths.