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An “Elder” or Just Older: Being Gifted Throughout the Latter Years of Life

May 10, 2018 at 04:30 PM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana

When or why would someone be considered an “elder?” Can we assume that anyone who is thought of as an “elder” is gifted? What have elders in the field of gifted education contributed to this conversation? This SENGinar will focus on lived experiences of older gifted adults during the latter years of their lives. Dr. Ellen Fiedler and Dr. Michele Kane will discuss the distinction between being an “elder” or just being older. They will also explore the following key issues for older gifted adults: • Connecting w/others – searching for kindred spirits – having meaningful relationships • Coping with conflicting feelings and asynchronous development • Seeking ongoing opportunities for expanding their knowledge – finding ways to continue to have vibrant, interesting lives and exercise their minds • Balancing everything in their lives – being selective about how they spend their time and energy – dealing with physical changes • Responding to an urgency to accomplish something worthwhile and to make a difference in the world: Generativity and Leaving a Legacy After sharing effective strategies that older gifted adults can use in their quest to live satisfying, meaningful lives, the presenters will conclude with a dialog about being “ageless.” A brief list of useful resources and sources will be included.
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