HILR Planning Meeting Summary

Keep on Trucking: Aging with Grace, 4-30-10

Goals: Generate interest and commitment to next steps; eventually identify new leaders for this next stage of Pathways for Aging, or whatever else it turns out to be.

We began identifying topics and brainstorming together what people might want to pursue. Here are the ideas as noted on flipcharts:

Conversation topics--

Moment of awareness of becoming “old”

Loss of friends

Who am I and where am I going?

Personal issues

What is wisdom?

Hearing loss and what can help effectively




Recognition of those who retire from HILR

Coping with serious illness of HILR members and others

Enforcing end-of-life decisions contained in health proxies, etc.

Making a video for heirs to supplement your will

Alzheimer’s disease

Using the web to share facts about healthy aging

Writing topics--

Humor in tough times

Encountering at our age strange ideas or backgrounds

What’s next???


Balancing work, religion, family, etc.

Dark experiences

Books and films that could generate discussions--

The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind by Barbara Strauch [Is this the right book?]

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister


“Away from Her”


Books or films about aging in other cultures

Themes that could be discussed or written about--

Humor and health

Diversity in our family

Creativity, arts, and aging

“Only connect”


Thoughts about curriculum--

Encourage writing

Cross-cultural studies of aging

Encourage connectedness within study groups

We then broke into small, facilitated groups to plan how to implement activities around the most popular topics: conversations, writing, humor and health, and book and film discussions. We recommended starting with short term commitments of 4 to 6 weeks. We also asked for volunteers to convene (but not necessarily lead) the first meeting.

Each small group reported back their results. We identified contact people for ten areas and discussed how we can all support new groups.

In summary, those who want to keep on trucking have lots of options.

Conversations, to begin in the fall

Writing in early summer

Writing later in the summer

Humor and health

Film, short story, and poetry discussions about aging, to begin in the fall

Wisdom and Age: An Intersession Course



Using the web to share writing

Using the web to share facts about healthy aging