Director’s Comments Humans are adaptive creatures – we can change so much about ourselves: clothes; hair color; address; career; …we can even change our names. The one thing we can’t change, despite valiant attempts, is our age. Some of us had fake IDs to get us early access to adult locations, some of us tried to hold onto age 29 for more than a decade. When AARP cards arrive in the mail there might be a sense of shock as we feel we will never be “old.” Even the term senior has a connotation of being elderly and increasingly incapable.
The journey of aging is different for each of us. Physical challenges are not the only effect of the years, but they are sometimes a factor we can take control of. This might involve adapting our exercise, diet or mental activity to maximize the potential of our aging selves.
“Sages of Aging,” a production recently aired on PBS, explores many of the modern perceptions, challenges and potentials from the viewpoint of a varied group of experts. Some of the YSSC team watched it and found it to be an interesting and insightful presentation that inspired us to consider our own experiences of aging (we are ALL doing it) and how seniors continue to be vital aspects of society.
YSSC has been provided access to view the “Sages of Aging” program together at the Center to inspire and guide a discussion group about the current realities and challenges of aging. The discussion is also hoped to develop concepts about how our community can best address concerns and possibilities for our future.
If you would like to view and discuss and share your thoughts in this conversation, please call to reserve a spot in one of the discussion groups planned during the Spring. Each group will meet for three sessions and include as many as 10 participants.
The first group will meet on Mondays from 11 am to noon in the Fireplace Room on March 13, 20, and 27.
Decluttering Workshop Pegeen and Moira Laughlin will lead a decluttering workshop on Thursday, March 23 from 6:30–7:30 pm in the Great Room and on Zoom. For more info or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 937-767-5751, or on MyActiveCenter.com.
New Miller Fellow The Senior Center welcomes Miller Fellow Grant Crawford to the team. Grant was a participant in the Yellow Springs Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute in 2019, going on to assist multiple local nonprofits as a Miller Fellow. He has lived in Yellow Springs his whole life, earned a BA in English from Ohio University in 2022, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State University.