Older and Better:
The Impact of our Aging Population
Many studies predict that in the next generation some of us may live well past the century mark. As we become older, some of us may live in "retirement" for almost half of our lives.
As we get older, what impact will the changing population have on our seniors, as well as on the younger generations? What will this mean for caregiving, for life after retirement, and for the provision of healthcare? What will this mean for the quality of life for all of Greenville's residents?
Join us as we discuss our aging population and the impact they/we will have. We will have two experts on seniors and aging to discuss these issues, as well as a classic TED talk to facilitate discussion.
Admission is free, but registration is required.
Cash Bar at 6:00. Program begins promptly at 6:30.
Jack Hansen and his wife moved to Greenville when he made the transition from full-time work to part-time consulting in 2006. Prior to that time, his career had been in research leadership. His last three positions were Associate Director of the Institute for Human Cognition, Deputy Center Director for Research of NASA Ames Research Center, and Associate Director of the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory. Jack grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended Stanford University for undergraduate school and MIT for his graduate work.
Jack became interested in the personal dimensions of retirement when making the transition from full-time work himself. While a participant in the Academy for Spiritual Formation, he began interviewing retired men and women about their own personal experiences in retirement. These interviews are the basis for two books, coauthored with Jerry Haas: “Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement” and more recently “Retirement as Spiritual Pilgrimage: Stories, Scripture, and Practices for the Journey.” Jack has also conducted surveys of participants in lifelong learning programs and written papers on the results.
Andrea Smith is the Executive Director/CEO of Senior Action, Greenville County’s Council on Aging where she has served for eight years. Under her direction, the organization has grown from 900 members to over 4,500 and has expanded from 5 locations to 12 throughout the county.
Previously, Ms. Smith was the Director of Community Health at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System for five years and managed programs like the Mobile Dental Unit, Parish Nursing, and LifeWise for Seniors, to name a few. She came to Greenville from Bryan, Texas where she served as the Administrative Director of Community Outreach for St. Joseph Health System.
Ms. Smith holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She has served her 25 year professional career in community research and development and 15 of those years was focused on the senior adult population.
When & Where
TEDxGreenville was the first independently organized TEDx event in South Carolina. It all started in 2010 when a diverse, passionate group of TED enthusiasts from around the community came together with the singular goal of bringing an educational and inspirational TED-like experience to Upstate residents.
The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.
TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED.
Now in its eighth year, the TEDxGreenville movement ignites passions and builds bridges like never before, while highlighting the incredible people and organizations that make the Upstate of South Carolina one of the best places to live on the planet. Yep, we said it. Drop the mic.