Aging in America: Second Career/Post Career

By :  The Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Jun 25, 2013 / 5773

As more baby boomers approach traditional retirement age, a seismic shift is taking place in our culture. The change is manifest in the graying of the workforce and in the current political debates on the future of Social Security and Medicare.

Recently dubbed the “silver tsunami,” the transformation is signaling a need for largely new—and, perhaps, some remarkably time-honored—approaches to education, career tracks, medical practices, spiritual sustenance, family structure, and the concept of “senior citizen.” While we have an obligation as a society to care for the sick and frail elderly—and we understand this responsibility—we must also find ways to permit seniors to maintain well-rounded lives.

Our panel of experts explores the aging process from a medical and spiritual perspective, and examines Jewish attitudes toward aging and work.

Funding for this evening is provided by JTS’s Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies. Since 1938, LFI has maintained an innovative intergroup relations program that emphasizes conversations on public policy among diverse communities.