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“Rethinking Retirement” Shattering Myths and Stereotypes of Older Adults

Vantage House retirement community is sponsoring a workshop, “Rethinking Retirement: A Columbia Perspective on Aging,” on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Historic Oakland in Downtown Columbia. The free program is designed for professionals and others working with older adults.

The event will feature a keynote address by Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, a noted gerontologist and author, who will focus on “Shattering Myths & Stereotypes” in a society that idealizes youth and dreads aging. FitzPatrick is the author of “Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing the Stress of Caring for Your Loved One.”

A panel discussion, “Living in Howard County,” will be moderated by Phyllis Madachy, who has worked in community based services for older adults for over thirty five years in both the non-profit and public sectors in Maryland. She is a former Administrator for the Howard County Office of Aging.

Panelists will include Jackie Scott, Director of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services; Louis (Rusty) Toler, Senior Fellow with the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER), and Mary McGraw, founder of The Village In Howard serving residents 55 and older.

The workshop is a Columbia 50th Birthday event, one of dozens occurring during the city’s 6-month celebration that began in March. The festivities are designed to honor Columbia’s past and imagine its future.

The “Rethinking Retirement” program will begin with a continental breakfast and networking at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. There is no admission fee, but there is limited seating capacity and registration is required by calling 410-992-1241.


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