Aging in Community

The Aging in Community Committee gathers the voices of BWC’s older members and works to create a community that can sustain and nourish us as we age.
We provide opportunities for learning, support and activism. 


Our Summer/Fall 2020 Program Calendar: 

All of our programs have moved online!  If you're not already on our Aging in Community email list and would like to be added, email co-chair and she can send you the link for the sessions. New to Zoom? Click here for a step-by-step how to use Zoom guide. All sessions listed will be at 10:30am unless otherwise listed. We hope you will join us! 

June 21: Let’s Dismantle Ageism, facilitated by AIC member Kathy Dalton
What is ageism? How does it appear in our lives? What can each of us do to dismantle it? We’ll explore how ageism affects each one of us.  We’ll do an exercise to help us see ageism in our lives. We will look at some of our own attitudes about aging and some of the messages we’ve heard all our lives from the media, the entertainment industry, and others to sell us an ageist agenda. We’ll take some steps, practice a response to ageist experiences, and identify what else we can do to be the change. 

July 12: Small Group Discussions
An open and unstructured opportunity to discuss issues that emerged from the Ageism session OR whatever is on the minds of participants.

August 2: Caregiving
Are you providing care for others?  Receiving care from others?  How does this all feel?  What are strategies to keep yourself and your caregivers/care receivers sane and as independent as possible.

September 13: Moving our Institutions forward
Interest was expressed in talking about how we move our country forward after this crisis in our health, criminal justice, and policing systems.  

October 4th: Preparing for the end of life - What do we need to think about?
This will include a review of key documents as well as areas for thought, preparation and action.  

October 25: Housing and living arrangements as we age



Previous Committee events have included:

Book Discussion of Philip Roth's "Everyman"
Facilitated by Mike Felsen and Ava Cheloff, we hope you will join us having read the book first. We anticipate a lively conversation about this honored, and controversial titan of American literature.   

Film and Discussion
Join us for a screening and discussion of the PBS documentary "Grow Old Along with Me: The Poetry of Aging". In the film, artists, actors, writers and others reveal how aging can be a creative process that allows us to access our full humanity.

"Aging with Wisdom." 
A book talk and slide show with author Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle. Her first book was the award winning  "Ten Thousand Joys and Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer's."  In "Aging with Wisdom", she "explores the ways readers can nourish their inner lives and spirit even as their bodies age and facilities diminish."

Housing Options As We Age
Panel presentation with Emily Saltz, geriatric care manager along with Boston Workmen Cirlce members Miriam Habib and Sandy Sachs who will share their journeys in making housing choices as they grew older. There will be opportunity for small group conversation following the panel. We encourage all those who are interested to join us whether or not you participated in the first session.

"Identity, Meaning and Generativity -  How to keep on keeping on"
Who are we once we retire?   Where do we find meaning in our lives? How do we continue to feel like we’re making a difference: for ourselves, our community, our world. Join with other BWC members to share experiences; examine our feelings; consider options and enjoy one another’s company.