300+ Crowd PVCC To Hear "The Upside of Aging"
"Adapt and adjust" advised Dr. Fernando M. Torres-Gil, during a discussion of Aging in America today at this year's "Upside of Aging" presentation October 30 at the Palos Verdes Country Club. Joining Torres-Gil in the discussion was Helen Dennis, a nationally recognized leader on issues of aging and retirement.
Torres-Gil, director of UCLA's Center forPolicyResearch on Aging as well as Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at USC, was featured guest at this year's annual event sponsored by the Palos VerdesPeninsula Village.
The conversation focused on our country’s aging demographic and diverse population, what this means for our future and how it should impact public policy.
The United States will have a majority minority population by 2046 Torres-Gil said, but noted that Los Angeles County already is a majority minority community of Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders, African-Americans, and Caucasians. This changing demographic necessitates a look at major policy issues affecting Social Security, Medicare, long-term care, and the societal implications that accompany the aging of the baby boomer generation and its parents, according to the speakers.
He suggested that public policy should be directed at supporting the home and community based systems as opposed to institutionally based solutions. He also mentioned that non-White communities are far more involved in family systems than others.
Most importantly, civil societies must consist of neighbors helping neighbors based on compassion, regardless of ethnicity, he said.There should be intergenerational/interethnic coalitions, and supportive communities such as what we have created with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Village.
"No one is exempt from aging or needing help," Torres-Gil said, and suggested that everyone needs to reach out to others.
In conclusion, Dr. Torres-Gil stressed that aging is about how we adapt to the reality of new circumstances and adjust to that reality.
Helen Dennis urged that we have confidence in the future, that we have seen hard times but optimism ultimately succeeds.
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