Reimaging Aging with Purpose and Engagement with Richard Leider and David Shapiro

The truth about aging is that everyone, everywhere, is aging, whether we like it or not. We need new models and a new story of what it means to be old because the anti-aging mindset is pervasive in Western culture. Lieder and Shapiro point out that with each passing moment, we’re further from birth, and closer to death, and there’s nothing we can do about that. But they have good news. Aging doesn’t have to be passive; it can be an active process. They tell us that instead of getting old, we can grow old. This dialogue reveals how we can age on our own terms for as long a possible. They write: “By making choices about what it means to be old, we’re not denying time advances, but we are taking charge of what it means to ‘act our age’ in our own way.” The earlier we begin to reimagine old age, the better. Join Leider and Shapiro as they guide us in aging into the fullness of life. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Richard J. Leider is the founder of Inventure -The Purpose Company, whose mission is to help people “unlock the power of purpose”.

Leider is the author of many books including:

David A Shapiro is a philosopher, educator, and tenured philosophy professor at Cascadia College in Seattle.

Leider and Shapiro are the co-authors of many books considered classics in the personal growth field. They include:

  • Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose (Mjf Books 1996)
  • Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old? The Path of Purposeful Aging. (Berrett-Koehler Publishing 2021)

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