What we're about

We explore how to (1) Come to some peace about aging and dying (2) Enjoy life in its late stages (3) Prepare for the best death we can.

Each meeting begins with ideas from a piece of nonfiction or fiction that we discuss and critique. We'll start with an existing list of essays, articles, books, etc., and will expand it as we go along. The monthly readings alternate between non-fiction and fiction.

Each piece on the list either engages with some aspect of late life, including 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.

At our first meeting, and from time to time as we go along, we'll discuss and rate items on an existing list of subjects that the readings address -- for example, psychology, medicine, sociology, relationships, and practical tasks such as preparing for a final illness.

Each meeting has a small cost -- $2 to $12, depending on the number of participants. This is to cover the monthly fees that Meetup charges the Organizer.

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THUNDERSTRUCK

Senor Jaime's

On Feb 2, we'll discuss the book Thunderstruck. Before the discussion, we'll each give a short intro about ourselves and a brief statement of why/how/if we liked the reading. We'll also consider two lists: • The current reading list of essays, articles, books, etc. • The current list of subjects this reading represents. For more info about them and how to add to them, see the What We're About section on our site's main page. Toward the end of our meeting, we'll use the first list to create a list for the next few months. Our reading alternates between fiction and non-fiction. During the body of our meeting, we'll: (1) Continue January's discussion of how we experience the literal fact of our existence and that of others, and how we are affected by the idea of non-existence. If you want to read an article that considers this, see the info for the January 5th meeting. (2) Discuss the ideas in the following book and the ideas that come up as the discussion develops. Thunderstruck and Other Stories, by Elizabeth McCracken (see below for more info, including what you can do if you don't have enough time to get read the book before 2/2). NOTE: The reading for the March meeting is the book Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. (3) Work together to use the ideas we've developed in (1) and (2) towards our goals: expanding our enjoyment of life while managing the difficulties of old age, and preparing the best death we can for ourselves. (4) Each of us will choose a selection from the reading list, and together we'll make a list for the next few months. FEBRUARY'S READING: The reading for this month is the following book of short stories. If you don't have enough time to get and read (or finish) the book, don't worry. Most of the ideas that come up in discussion will be general enough that you can participate in them. By the end of our meeting, we'll have a list of monthly readings for the future. Thunderstruck and Other Stories, by Elizabeth McCracken. Excerpts from reviews and from the book follow: …how loss can melt reality, forever altering a person’s sense of time. …life goes on but death goes on too … a person who is dead is a long, long story. … scratchy humor and warm intelligence … neither sugar coats pain nor wallows in it… swiftly dismisses the notion of “closure”, but … moments of grace, jokes in odd places. “... in an airport, her suitcase fell over like a shot dog.” Each meeting has a small price -- $2 to $8, depending on the number of attendees. This is to cover the fee that Meetup charges the organizer each month.

BEING MORTAL

Senor Jaime's

On March 1, we discuss the book Being Mortal. We'll start with short intro's about ourselves and a brief statement of why/how/if we liked the reading. We'll also briefly consider the two lists from which we draw our reading for our meetings: • The current list of essays, articles, books, etc. • The current list of subjects this reading represents. For more info about them and how to add to them, see the What We're About section on our site's main page. During the body of our meeting, we'll: (1) Discuss the ideas in the following book and the ideas that come up as the discussion develops. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawanda (2) Work together to use the ideas that we've developed in (1) toward meeting the group's main goals: • Coming to some peace about aging and dying • Expanding our enjoyment of life, • Managing the difficulties of old age • Preparing for the best death we can (3) Choose a selection from the reading list, if needed. MARCH'S READING: Being Mortal, by Atul Gawanda [To come: Short excerpts from the book and from reviews of the book] Each meeting has a small price -- $2 to $12, depending on the number of attendees. This is to cover the fee that Meetup charges the organizer each month.

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Senor Jaime's

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Senor Jaime's

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