Center is Changing Views on Aging

“It’s time to change the conversations and language about aging,” said Rebecca Crichton, executive director of the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. “Our society has a lot of fear about aging, and it shouldn’t be that way. Aging doesn’t mean we can’t still learn and contribute.” The goal of the Northwest Center for Creative Aging (NWCCA) is to help people think about the aging process in positive and creative ways. With this in mind, the NWCCA is partnering with Wesley Homes for a three-part fall Loving Life Series: The Surprises of Aging – Who Knew It Would Be Like This? on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Looking Forward – 'Futuring' Realistically on Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Living Your Legacy – How Do You Want To Be Remembered? On Saturday, November 2, 2013, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. “These programs are a combination of discussions and presentations and conversations. You can attend one or all of the sessions,” said Rebecca. “We want people to learn and contribute, to be inspired at these sessions and know they aren’t alone. You don’t have to feel isolated, and everyone is invited. “You need to know that your life has value,” she continued. “You’re still learning. You’re part of a network and aren’t invisible. You’re part of a community.” The programs are designed to engage everyone, not just retirees. Rebecca encourages people to “Bring your families. Our discussions are multi-generational, so this is a great opportunity for teens and other family members to be part of the conversation. We can help each other to look forward to aging while we discuss things that apply to all of us, to age into our potential.” Rebecca is proof of what she speaks. The NWCCA is her “Encore” career, and she is still learning as she connects people with similar purposes. “It wasn’t deliberate or intentional,” she said. “I retired from Boeing and started volunteering at different organizations. I saw again and again that people, including me, still want to do something. Now I visit retirement communities and homes, talk with people in the Seattle area and help other people view aging positively. I wasn’t looking for another career, but I love it!”  

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