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Welcome to Conscious Aging Florida
- Transformative Aging -
- Aging With Intent -
A Program For Positive Eldering
Conscious Aging is an emotional wellness program designed to help elders better cope with the stresses of aging. By offering hope and meaning, the program opens up opportunities to harvest the achievements of aging, allowing and affirming growth in wisdom, depth and creativity. Positive Eldering (Conscious Aging) examines our emotional, psychological and spiritual responses to the challenges and opportunities of aging. And in this way, we live with open and accessible hearts, regardless of the external circumstances we may encounter.
According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, by 2030 there will be approximately 72 million people aged 65 years and older, more than twice the number in 2000. This will represent 19% of the population, up significantly from 12.4% of the population in the year 2000. In our youth-obsessed culture, there is a lot of fear and anxiety about aging. Many people will face their later years as solo elders. Fears about aging or facing death and dying alone are painful for many.
Tom Herington, MD, PsyD, expresses the challenges elders face:
“Our elder years can present us with some tough experiences. Changes in our bodies and minds often feel unwelcome and can leave us struggling as our faculties soften. Things just don’t seem to work as fluidly and easily as they used to. These are tremors that can shake us off our feet, can undermine us at a time when we most need a strong sense of self and well- being in order to meet a radical set of changes to the very structure of our lives. Think about facing the impact of retirement, loss of faculties, loss of home, the merciless onslaught of pain, and the dissolution of relationship and family as our spouses, partners, and loved ones precede us in death. Think about facing these trials without our best self at hand or worse, with a stricken or weary remnant of self.”
—from the Preface to Fruitful Aging: Finding the Gold in the Golden Years by Tom Pinkson, PhD, Preface by Tom Herrington, MD, PsyD
Aging is indeed challenging and it requires our strongest inner cores to come forward and help us survive – and thrive – during this life stage. However, it is also a time of great opportunity for spiritual, emotional and psychological growth. Over the past several years, IONS has been developing Conscious Aging programs so that elders to address these challenges and opportunities and use them for personal and collective growth. We elders are yearning to engage in dialogue together on these issues. We are looking for guidance, connection, and community to help fortify ourselves for our coming years. This is what the IONS Conscious Aging program is designed to provide, and I hope you'll join me and others as we move through these amazing years.
Please note that some things are still under construction. Thank you for understanding and please register for the new workshop!
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