Category: Viewpoints

Expanding Choices in Later Life, On Your Terms

On a recent podcast, Andi Simon, author of On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights, asked me to describe my path to becoming an assistant professor at the Boston College School of Social Work. I told a story about my move into gerontological social work—a fancy way of saying […]

Waking Up to Smell The Wildflowers, And Understand The Power of Informal Leaders

I first met Hanmin Liu in 2006 when he was selected as a Purpose Prize Fellow in the inaugural year of the program. Hanmin was then a 61-year old former dentist, who, with his partner Jennifer Mei, had founded a San Francisco-based organization –  Wildflowers Institute –  to take on one of the greatest challenges […]

The ‘Grannies Respond’ Caravan Standing Up for Kids

An upcoming six-day bus trip to protest border policies “When the news started breaking about children being separated from their families [at the Mexico/U.S. border], the image I couldn’t get out of my head was my three-year-old son in a cage, picturing how he’d be reacting, what he’d be doing, and wondering who would be […]

Looking Through an ‘Opportunity Lens’ to See Older Adults’ Potential

How three youth-serving organizations do it to find volunteers and staff While he was in his 90s, my grandfather packed a bag, got on an Amtrak train in Boston and came to see me in Philadelphia. A few hours after his arrival, he installed a mini-art installation in my vestibule, attended a Picasso exhibit at […]