In Western culture, aging is typically viewed as a period of decline. Few look forward to aging, and vast sums are spent on avoiding the appearance of being “old.” However, the common view of aging is a cultural construction. The negative stereotype is being challenged by the steadily expanding ranks of older people.

In an upcoming lecture, “Positive Aging,” speakers will examine aging as an unprecedented period of growth and enrichment. This vision of positive aging also has significant implications for the health and wellbeing of the aging population.

Kenneth Gergen, senior research professor at Swarthmore College and president of Taos Institute, and Mary Gergen, professor emerita at Penn State University–Brandywine and founder of Taos Institute, will present their lecture Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Wolstein Research Building.

Tickets are $5 for members of the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, or $10 for nonmembers.

The event is sponsored by the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, in partnership with the Taos Institute, the Intergenerational School, the Spitz Family Foundation, University Hospitals Neurological Institute, University Hospitals Brain Health and Memory Center and the Case Brain Health Collaborative.

For more information, visit case.edu/lifelonglearning or call 216.368.2090.