Confessions of an Elder-in-Training

Wednesday January 30, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Local musician and workshop leader Jeanne Mackey shares stories, songs, and reflections on the aging process, offering a rare blend of emotional intensity, wry humor, and social commentary.

"Growing older brings some big challenges," says Mackey. "There are inevitable losses, including the crumbling of illusions about how life works, and who we thought we'd become. Yet I'm finding that aging also brings opportunities--to live more authentically and to let go of limiting beliefs. It helps to know that others are facing similar issues. And it's essential to keep one's sense of humor in the midst of the uncertainty!"

An instructional designer at the University of Michigan and former psychotherapist, Jeanne Mackey has led many workshops on conscious aging and ecopsychology. In 2010, Mackey created Drop the Knife: A Memoir-in-Song on the occasion of turning 60. She and her band have performed the piece locally and in Ohio and Washington, DC.