Happy New Year: Let the Paradigm Shift Begin!

2011 is here! NCCA wishes you a wonderful year ahead with fantastic opportunities to age creatively, no matter what age you may be!

For those of you in the Baby Boomer generation, this wish is perhaps especially timely.  Last year was the first year in which the United States was projected to have as many people over the age of 65 as those under the age of 20; beginning January 1 the Pew Research Center estimates that 10,000 people a day will turn 65, a trend that will continue for the next 19 years.

As Dick Ambrosius recently noted on his blog Mr. Positive, our society is largely unequipped to handle this demographic shift that has now been set in motion.  However, our greatest challenges are often the source of our greatest opportunites, a point made by David Brooks' New York Times op-ed in November, when he described America as the "Crossroads Nation" where innovation and creativity will be the engines of economic growth in the information age.

Our late colleague, Dr. Gene Cohen, was fond of saying that while problems certainly accompany aging, what has been traditionally denied by our culture is the potential available to us in the aging process--what can be achieved because of aging, not in spite of aging. The ultimate expression of this potential is creativity, so let the paradigm shift begin!

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