by Patricia Shelly
(Here is the archive of all the tweets from this chat)
What does healthy aging and productivity look like in the 21st century? Baby boomers are retiring later, millennials are starting families and technology continuously offers new ways to delegate tasks.
One Grand Challenges for Social Work paper explained the trends as follows:
“Increased automation and longevity demand new thinking by employers and employees regarding productivity. Young people are increasingly disconnected from education or work and the labor force faces significant retirements in the next decades. Throughout the lifespan, fuller engagement in education and paid and unpaid productive activities can generate a wealth of benefits, including better health and well-being, greater financial security, and a more vital society.”
The challenge of reshaping social expectations, institutions, policies, and programs so we can benefit from the older population and its growing social capital is more important than ever.
Join us on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 9pm ET, 8pm CT and 6pm PT:
We’ll chat about how ways to increase ongoing engagement with and productivity by our older Americans.
Questions for Discussion:
- Why is increasing productive engagement in later life a Grand Challenge for Social Work?
- What is productive aging?
- How does productive engagement benefit society?
- How can social work lead the way with this challenge?
- What are some examples of productive engagement for later life? Any from your community?
- Do you have new ideas or visions for a productive later life?
- Gauging Aging: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Aging in America
- Education, training for social workers (NASW)
- The John A. Hartford Foundation’s family caregiving resources
- PREPARE for Your Care (advance care planning tool)
- End of life discussions
- The Conversation Project
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