Reprinted from THE GREAT NECK RECORD
of seniors are sharing the stories of their lives in ten free
workshops throughout the Town of North Hempstead.
highly participatory workshops are conducted by Sue Salko and Ron
Gross, authors and activists in the field, who are seniors
themselves, and members of Columbia University’s Seminar On
Innovation in Education.
these workshops,” says Salko, “participants are sharing some of
their most significant life experiences, choices, and lessons
they’ve learned. Gross adds: “Attendees are
jump-starting their personal memoirs. It’s an adventure in
self-discovery – and a treasured gift for family and friends.”
program is sponsored throughout the Town of North Hempstead by the
Great Neck Senior Center under a grant from the Manhasset
Community Fund’s Greentree Foundation Good Neighbor Fund.
Tarcher, Director of the Center, says: “We are privileged to take the
lead in offering this extraordinary program at 10 locations
throughout the Town of North Hempstead. We have
demonstrated at the Center that seniors benefit enormously from this
kind of creativity and fellowship – and have unique life experiences
and wisdom to share with the community.”
duo of Salko and Gross are familiar to Nassau County audiences. Salko
regularly presents programs for the Senior Center, the National Council
of Jewish Women, and other organizations, and has been a senior
advocate for State Senator Kemp Hannon. Gross has conducted the monthly
Socrates Salon at the Great Neck Library for twenty years, and is the
author of The New Old and 20 other books. Together, they have
written influential articles on Creative Aging for ABOUT.com, the web
portal owned by The New York Times.
Review has proven successful in enhancing the lives of older adults, as
researched over 35 years by gerontologist Prof. James Birren of the
University of California. His pioneering work is currently
championed by the reknowned Birren Institute for Autobiographical
Studies (www.guidedautobiography.com), which provides acclaimed
training in the technique.
Program in Nassau County has also been inspired, according to Salko and
Gross, by the invitation by columnist David Brooks of The New York
Times, for seniors to glean and share the lessons of their lives,
as well as by Prof. Karl Pillemer of Cornell University who has
published 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest
Americans, and by the StoryCorps project in New York City.