Maybe this evolution series is part of a “Kalache Effect”. It’s been in my system for a month now, and no known cure for it. But that’s the measure of a great presentation. I got the sense from his Sheridan College SERC night on Sept.6th, that no matter how many times he might have delivered his talk, it still feels new to him.
On the lighter side of his discussion on the emergence of a new social transition in an age of longevity, Alexandre Kalache shared his notion of “gerontolesence”. A shifting frame of reference again. Whereas in the past adolescence lasted 4 to 5 years (well who knows where that really ends any more than where becoming a senior really begins), extended lifetimes in a “gerontolesence” could last 2 to 3 decades.
And what do you do with that?
Not to digress too much, one of the other people on stage briefly at the SERC event was David Foot of Boom Bust and Echo fame. His work on that 1996 book, and other insights since then, has provided enough framework for an evolutionary discussion which melds into a number of thoughts you could spin on the potential outcomes of Kalache’s “gerontolesence”.
The threads of change in this social transition all knit together, and frankly as I hear the dialogue, you can’t talk of a longevity society without including the voice of our younger people in this demographic turbulence. Don’t we all have a place to reshape this journey?