Journeying, figurative and literally, is really the process of lifelong learning at any age. I am privileged to be in Asia studying along with students and faculty from Widener University and Thammasat University in Bangkok. It has been many years since I have had the time away from work and family to truly jump into something entirely new and different. I am reminded, in this intergenerational and intercultural community of life learners, the importance of exploration and stepping outside the usual, confronting our values, and taking on the risks of doing something new.
At Journey’s Way our programs best serve our participants when in some measure we offer opportunities for new journeys. By providing a supportive environment for older people to use their life stories and also encourage exploration, our center programs can be a powerful catalyst for new learning, new ideas and passions. Like traveling to a foreign country, a center at its very best can offer a way to open ourselves up to the new and unexpected so that our aging journey is one of meaning and vitality.
VP Aging Services