“Don’t let me hear you say life’s taking you nowhere, angel”
If you’re looking at your golden years and feeling a little like Bowie in 1975 – heck, if you can ever remember 1975 – Bolton Anthony is ready to serve up some dessert.
The Chapel Hill resident and activist is organizing a workshop April 11-14 at the Friday Center that will ask older people to create a new vision for the next stage of their lives.
At a time when many begin thinking about slowing down, Anthony wants to put 60 Baby Boomers in a room for three days to reinvent how we look at “the second half of life.”
Anthony is the founder of Second Journey, which has put out “Aging the Community.” The book talks with people who are creating a new paradigm, or way of thinking, that keeps older people a vital part of society, rather than farming them out to golf courses and nursing homes.
Part of the book looks at new models like cohousing in which people live in cooperative communities with shared activities and facilities. A local group that recently broke ground on one such a project, the 24-unit Durham Central Park Cohousing Community, advertises “aging in place” and already has a waiting list.
But Anthony says the gathering will be about more than that. “What the Boomers are doing to housing is what they did to ice cream: The three flavors are now 1,000,” he says. “I’m as equally interested in a different vision of aging. It can be a transformative experience for individuals.”
Interested? Go to www.secondjourney.org/VC.htm for more information and to register.