Where’s The Script for the Third Act? - Life Planning for 30 Years of Retirement

A Talk by Chuck Brodie, Consultant on Aging

Athens-Clarke County Library, Appleton Auditorium

Thursday, October 1, 2015 • 7:00 pm

The dramatic increase in average life expectancy during the 20th century ranks as one of society’s greatest achievements. Although most babies born in 1900 did not live past age 50, life expectancy at birth now is at least 81 years in several countries. Life expectancy in the USA rose in 2012 to 78.8 years – a record high. Living forever, or at least well past 100, is within reach of today's youngest generation, some scientists say. 

With longer lifespans, many find they are looking at twenty or thirty years of active life after passing “retirement age.” How best to use “the bonus years?” Chuck Brodie looks at the challenges faced when seeking a new perspective on this huge segment of one's life.

Chuck has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, a license in Applied Psychology and a Certificate in Gerontology from Georgia State University. He has worked at Georgia Perimeter College, the Georgia mental health system, and had a clinical practice in Atlanta and Athens since 1992. He has lived in Athens since 2010 and is a lecturer for OLLI. 

The program is sponsored by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning and Athens-Clarke County Library, and is free and open to the public.

Keeping Company: Elder Cohousing and Other Innovative Housing Options

Athens-Clarke County Library, Appleton Auditorium, Thursday, July 23, 7:00 pm

Lecture by Dr Anne Glass, Associate Director, Institute of Gerontology, University of Georgia

Across the country, senior cohousing is turning into an increasingly popular option for baby boomers and older adults. It is an emerging form of age-targeted cohousing, and will allow residents to confront the issues of aging in a new way. In these communities, a group shares a property, lives in condos or attached homes clustered together, and shares some weekly dinners, outdoor space and facilities.

The idea of creating elder cohousing in close proximity to multigenerational cohousing has led to a major success in Denmark, the original home of the cohousing movement. Active seniors like the idea of planning and managing their neighborhood and their own care, living with others of like mind, being close to old friends, and knowing that physical and social needs will be met in their last quadrant of life. 

Dr Glass will explore these and other innovative ideas about housing for seniors. She is Associate Director and Graduate Coordinator of the Institute of Gerontology in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. She received her MS at UGA, and her PhD at Virginia Tech, and has recently accepted a position as head of Gerontology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The lecture, presented by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning, is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend in person, it will be streamed live HERE


Join us on June 25th at 7:00 pm for a slide talk by Dr Bonnie Cramond from UGA’s E Paul Torrance Center on the subject of creativity, and how we can maintain our creative juices through our 60s, 70s and later. Dr Cramond will be joined by a colleague, creativity consultant Dr Alan Black.

Dr Cramond is a professor of Educational Psychology/Gifted and Creative Education at the University of Georgia. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children, director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, and a school teacher. Currently on the advisory board for the American Creativity Association, she is an international and national speaker, has published numerous articles and chapters, a book on creativity research, and teaches classes on giftedness and creativity. She is particularly interested in the identification and nurturance of creativity, especially among individuals considered at risk because of their different ways of thinking, such as those misdiagnosed with ADHD, emotional problems, or those who drop out.

Dr Black created his M.I.N.D. Design thinking style instrument based upon his doctoral dissertation, a study into the matching of teaching and learning styles - based on thinking styles, to teach creative thinking skills and tools. His book BROKEN CRAYONS: Break Your Crayons and Draw Outside the Lines has been published throughout the world. He has been a licensed architect, interior designer, graphics and signage designer, freelance cartoonist and writer, and college professor at the University of Georgia Art Department and School of Environmental Design, as well as Columbus State University and Drexel University.

If you are unable to attend in person, the program will be webcast HERE.