Public meeting discusses positive aging and creative retirement

March 14, 2008

WPSU and OLLI at Penn State present a public discussion to provide insight to those entering and in late adulthood. A group of experts on positive aging will participate in a discussion on the opportunities and challenges that arise during what is known as "Third Age," the years between 50 and 80. The public is welcome to be part of this broadcast event, titled "Third Age: Designing the Second Half of Life," and can participate with their questions and comments at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the lobby of the Outreach Building in Penn State’s Innovation Park.

This public discussion is part of WPSU's Common Ground Lobby Talk series.

Jesse Ballenger, Penn State associate professor of Science, technology and society, will moderate the discussion, featuring William Sadler, author of "Changing Course: Navigating Life After 50" and director of research of the Center for Third Age Leadership; Melissa Hardy, director of The Gerontology Center and distinguished professor of human development and family studies, sociology and demography at Penn State; Bill James, director of Foxdale Village; and Mary Dupuis, professor emerita at Penn State and founding president of CALL (Community Academy for Lifelong Learning), now known as OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Penn State.

"Third Age: Designing the Second Half of Life" will be broadcast on WPSU-TV at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 3. It also will be streamed live at

To reach the Outreach Building in University Park, take Park Avenue going toward Beaver Stadium, drive past Mount Nittany Medical Center to the Innovation Park Exit A. Take that exit and then a right turn at the stop sign. The Outreach Building is on the right-hand side of Innovation Boulevard.

This event is a collaboration with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Penn State. WPSU's Common Ground Lobby Talks series is made possible by The Public Service Media Initiative, a collaborative project of the Science, Technology and Society Program in the Colleges of the Liberal Arts and Engineering, and WPSU TV-FM. Common Ground Lobby Talks are locally broadcast, available online at and statewide through Penn State ON DEMAND.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009