The human population is aging, transforming societal norms and challenging long-held beliefs about work, family, health, learning and creativity.
In developed regions, over a fifth of the population is currently aged 60 years or over and by 2050 they will account for a fifth of the population worldwide. By 2025, the number of people in the United States sixty-five and older will nearly double. With increasing numbers of adults living beyond 100 the very meaning of longevity is undergoing change.
Cultural institutions have special roles to play in an aging society.
As museums, libraries or historical agencies, they can support older adults in their life transitions, engage them in purposeful work and learning, and provide opportunities for people of all ages to reimagine age and aging.
ReimaginingAge.org promotes change in how museums, libraries and historical agencies work with older adults.