Academic journal article Generations

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Academic journal article Generations

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The premise of this issue of Generations-that the search for value and meaning in later life is a very practical as well as philosophical endeavor- is exemplified by the distinguished career of the issues guest editor.

Ron Manheimer, who holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, is executive director of the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, an award-winning lifelong learning, leadership, research, and community service program of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he is also research associate professor of philosophy. He has combined scholarly and practical interests through developing educational programs for older people in colleges, universities, libraries, senior centers, nursing homes, and retirement communities and publishing numerous studies investigating philosophical issues of later life and human development. His latest book is A Map to the End of Time: Wayfarings with Friends and Philosophers (Norton, 1999). Before becoming the center's first director in 1988, he was director of older adult education for the National Council on the Aging._

Of the field of aging, Manheimer says he "wandered in, got engaged, and found it tremendously interesting" As part of one of his early teaching jobs, he decided to interview older people about their lives for a project in celebration of the nation's bicentennial. "It turned out to be a wonderful experience,' he says. He began writing grants to obtain funding for arts and humanities programs for older adults and discovered that this was an emerging field in which he wanted to participate. "gained so much from my older students' perspectives" he says. 'Working with older people turned out to be exactly in line with my interest in philosophy and in a fundamental philosophical question: What changes and what endures? …

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