Embracing Reality: Engaging Aging

By Dayle A. Friedman

Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, Fall 2010

The North American Jewish community is aging. More of us are living longer, and Jews beyond midlife comprise a growing proportion of our population. Low birth rates and assimilation mean we are not replacing ourselves. We may well be less numerous in the future. The reality of aging strikes fear into all of us who care about the precious chain of generations that is Judaism. Understandably, we respond to Jewish aging more with avoidance than with action. We can continue to quest after those who aren't here - the elusive "young people." Or, we can open our eyes to those who are: a community that includes enormous numbers of educated, talented, curious people beyond midlife. The age boom can actually be a boon for our Jewish community if we turn from dread to engagement with aging. Engaging aging in a vibrant, multi-generational community can transform later life. Even more crucially, engaging aging can also bring new meaning and vitality to our community and enhance our efforts to repair our broken world.

Topic: Retirement, Engagement, Meaning, Community Development, Demography, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life

Editor: Valley, Eli

Volume/Issue: Vol.13/no.1

Page Number(s): 3-4

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Genre: Popular Periodical

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Friedman, Dayle A. Embracing Reality: Engaging Aging. Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Fall 2010: 3-4. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12101


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