What we're about

We explore, in a spirit of friendly support, what it means to be old.

Of course the whole subject of aging and dying is usually unnerving. We find it helps to have virtual companions in this exploration.

Each month we read an article, book, or other item (non-fiction or fiction, in print or online). Then, at the meeting, we discuss it, and also talk about how we liked it and how it relates to our own experiences, plans, and hopes.

Our overall goals are:

(1) developing approaches to expanding and enjoying the good things about aging;
and analyzing and coping with the problems

(2) gaining a better understanding of the psychology of the later and last stages of life

(3) developing some peace and accommodation to aging and dying

(4) Preparing for the best death we can

In addition, some of us have individual or group projects relative to these goals -- we call this activity Strength in Numbers, given how difficult it can be to consider such issues and projects. For example, before the pandemic, a few of us were planning to explore local nursing homes.

Each piece on the reading list either engages with some aspect of late life (which includes, of course, its end), &/or is written by a person who’s 60 or older. Kudos to members who offer pieces by the “old old.” Occasionally there might be exceptions to these requirements. For example, we might consider non-human consciousnesses, or read material by younger people facing terminal illnesses.

We have in-progress lists of potential subjects to discuss, things to read, and projects to consider. For example, though this isn't one of our own lists, take a look at this site, What Are the Best Books on Aging, to see a variety of books about aging, and different comments people had about them. Of course, don't feel pressed to agree with any of them.
https://changingaging.org/aging101/what-are-the-best-books-on-aging/ (https://changingaging.org/aging101/)

There is a lot of good info online to share. For example, the following site might interest you. Again, don't feel pressed to agree or not with anything there.

https://changingaging.org/aging101/

These days we are meeting via Zoom.

Upcoming events (5)

Extra Time for Talking, Sharing, Discussing, etc.

Online event

This Event is an ongoing part of our Meetup, "Being an Old Person." Our primary meeting is held on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm. If you are an active member of "Being an Old Person," we offer you the option to also meet on the other Sundays of the month. Our goal is to expand our goal of friendly discussions about old age and how it affects our lives.

Subject TBD

Online event

Here's the Zoom info for the meeting. I believe you'll need only the link, but all the info follows, in case you're asked for it:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74643397349?pwd=U0VIV2laMHIyemxrcGsyZis4b21VUT09

Meeting ID:[masked]

Password: aging

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We'll discuss this article:https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/20/why-ageism-never-gets-old

Extra Time for Talking, Sharing, Discussing, etc.

Online event

This Event is an ongoing part of our Meetup, "Being an Old Person." Our primary meeting is held on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm. If you are an active member of "Being an Old Person," we offer you the option to also meet on the other Sundays of the month. Our goal is to expand our goal of friendly discussions about old age and how it affects our lives.

Extra Time for Talking, Sharing, Discussing, etc.

Online event

This Event is an ongoing part of our Meetup, "Being an Old Person." Our primary meeting is held on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm. If you are an active member of "Being an Old Person," we offer you the option to also meet on the other Sundays of the month. Our goal is to expand our goal of friendly discussions about old age and how it affects our lives.

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