Our Jewish communities are wasting a precious resource: the engaged wisdom, passion and experience of all of us in the "third chapter" of our lives. Our generation is now working on a new frontier: our own aging. We want to embrace this phase with the same spirit of adventure, advocacy and openheartedness.
We deserve a place high on the agenda of the Jewish community. True - we are not of the next generations to whom the community is appropriately channeling abundant funds and for whom it is providing an extraordinary range of learning opportunities. Nor do we yet need the superb (though still underfunded) services provided for the elderly, the ill, the frail and those at the end of life. But we do need support to organize and channel our energies for learning, for social action, for community building and for developing the spiritual strength to live fully in this chapter of our lives.