According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average life expectancy in the U.S. is now 77 years, compared to 47 years in 1900. Average life expectancy continues to grow generation-to-generation. It will be increasingly more common for Americans to celebrate 100th birthdays. What does this mean for us as we plan our lives?
Karla Erickson, associate professor of sociology at Grinnell College will present, “Making the Most of the Longevity Dividend: Visions and Plans” on Monday, August 4, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program. Held at Drake Community Library, this free program is open to the public and begins at 10 a.m. Donations are accepted.
Erickson’s research explores the rituals, connections, and strategies for resilience during longer lives and slower deaths. Based on interviews with nurses’ aides, administrators, residents, and family care providers, her new book, “How We Die Now” uses the experiences in one small town to explore the new social terrain of old age.
Looking forward on the schedule, Brandon Davis, PhD, Licensed Psychologist will present, “Obesity: Is it All in Your Head or Your Metabolism?” Davis will be the feature speaker on Monday, August 11. Montezuma resident, Paul Jones, will share his experiences working in Antarctica on Monday, August 18. “Ten Seasons in Antarctica” is the title of his presentation.
Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot.
Seniors needing transportation may call GRMC’s Office of Public Relations at 641-236-2593 by Thursday before the program.
If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance,
please call 641-236-2593. For more information about upcoming speakers please check GRMC’s website at www.grmc.us or call 641-236-2954.