East Bay series focus is aging population

The Jewish Federation of the East Bay will kick off “The Longevity Revolution,” a six-part lecture and discussion series on how to create an aging-friendly community, with an afternoon presentation on “Aging in the 21st Century” Oct. 20 at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette.

Presenter Maddy Dychtwald is the co-founder of Age Wave, a research and consulting firm dedicated to population aging trends and understanding how aging affects the workplace, the economy and everyday life. Her address will focus on the social impact of people living longer and healthier lives, alongside medical issues related to aging. She will be joined by federation CEO Rabbi James M. Brandt.

“The Longevity Revolution” will feature monthly lectures and roundtable discussions led by experts and academics over the next year, with participants developing outreach strategies to better connect with maturing community members.

“One million people turn 60 every month throughout the world,” said project chair Marj Wolf. “By 2050, there will be 2 billion individuals over 60 on the planet … so the issue of creating an aging-friendly community is something that everyone, regardless of age, should be working on.”

The federation is partnering with congregations and Jewish organizations to better “support our community with living up to the commandment of ‘honoring our parents,’ ” Wolf said.

The first lecture is at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road in Lafayette. Visit www.jfed.org/longevityrevolution or call (510) 318-6453. — j. staff