ChangingAging is excited to announce that Dr. Bill Thomas will speak at TEDxSF: Alive! on the virtues of aging and elderhood, joining an impressive list of experts and innovators exploring the human lifecycle.
“Our world-class slate of presenters are respected researchers, inventors, authors and performers who will explore how we push the limits, create meaning, live on purpose and connect deeply,” said Christine McCaull, curator for TEDxSF events. “We will hear from people that are pushing the limits on what we know about ourselves, our society and our future. We will also be showcasing stunning art, performance and music to stir the soul.”
As a world-renowned authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare and a visionary leader in the movement to change the way society views aging, Thomas will explore the hidden virtues of elderhood, an intrinsic part of the human lifecycle that has nearly been erased from the cultural map.
“Our culture and society has forgotten that there is life after adulthood,” said Thomas, who is founder of two movements to reshape long-term care globally – The Eden Alternative and Green House Project. “We believe without question that adulthood is the pinnacle of human experience.
“This is reflected in the increasing adultification of childhood and the virtual non-existence of elderhood in our culture. Our culture tells us that the only good older person, the only valued older person, is an old person who acts just like a young person,” said Thomas.
The limited-seating, ticketed event begins at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 4, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Mission Street. Tickets are available at TEDxSF.org.
ChangingAging.org will be live blogging from TEDx and there will be a free livestream of the event at www.tedxsf.org as well as more blog and twitter feeds using the hashtag #TEDxSF.
TEDxSF V: Alive! Maximum Living as a Human speakers include:
- Dr. Bill Thomas, ChangingAging.org
- Arlene Samen, President and Founder, One Heart WorldWide
- Andres Torres, San Francisco Giants’ Centerfielder with Documentary Filmmaker Chusy Jardine
- Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theater
- Eythor Bender, CEO, Berkeley Bionics & Amanda Boxtel, eLEGS Ambassador & Liaison
- James Mollison, Photographer, Where Children Sleep
- Joe Betts LaCroix, Core Team Member, Halcyon Molecular
- Mel Robbins, Syndicated Talk Show Host, Author of “Stop Saying You’re Fine”
- Scott Hess, TRU insight
- Dr. Roz Picard, Affectiva and the MIT Media Lab
- Nicole Daedone, Slow Sex author and Founder of OneTaste
- Scott Hess, VP, TRU
- Shereef Bishay, BetterMeans.org and leading thinker on the Open Enterprise
- Simon Mainwaring, author of We First
- Wendy Northcutt, Darwin Awards
- 1,000 Memories, Jonathan Good
Performances include San Francisco treasure, improve artist and Buddhist, Nina Wise; David Kim on Electric Violin; New York City’s Reckless Sons; Jesse Houk, the Scumfrog; and NonStop Bhangra.
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