Coming of Age in Aging America: Documentary and Discussion
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
9:00am – 10:30am
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
9:00am – 10:30am
Coming of Age in Aging America powerfully reframes individual issues that will arise in an aging society into a fuller portrait, not just one of an individual or segregated group, but one whose core institutions need, and will change. In doing so, it raises the stakes and broadens the base of potential awareness and support for any one issue.

Join the filmmakers as they screen this major public television documentary, followed by a Q & A and panel discussion. The film offers a 10,000-foot view of the challenges and opportunities we face as an aging nation, with a take-away message that an aging society is not just about old people.  

As Laura Carstensen from Stanford’s Longevity Institute has observed: "This is an impressive film. It presents the issues in a way that have not been presented before: an even-handed account of both challenges and opportunities, along with some clear-eyed practical ideas that help to avoid the starry-eyed "this is a wonderful thing" so often heard in the aging community….It’s an important work."


1. By the end of this presentation attendees will be able to see their work in an intergenerational systemic context.

2. By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to frame their work more effectively in a larger 'narrative'

3. The attendees will also become aware of the many online assets of the project, including an organizing toolkit, a training model and online modules as motivators in their work

4. All of the above could enable attendees to approach the public, the private sector and policymakers with a highly inclusive frame.


Discussion Questions: 
- We have heard over and over that the issues of an aging society are not ‘a burning platform’? 
- What obstacles do you encounter in public understanding, awareness and support for your work? 
- Would framing your mission as part of a wider historical transformation help with your work? 
- How does it suggest ways of collaboration? 
- What additional resources would be helpful for the use of this film in your community, in trainings, in educational settings?


Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United

Christine Herbes-Sommers, MA, President and Executive Producer, Vital Pictures Inc

Paul Irving, JD, Chairman, Center for the Future of Aging, Milken Institute

Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, PhD, CEO, FrameWorks Institute

This session is part of ASA's Aging in America Conference. Over 3,000 professionals attend AiA17 to learn, network and participate in the largest multidisciplinary conference covering issues of aging and quality of life for older adults.

CEU Credits: 1.5

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