Dr. Greg L. Finch ended his conversation with audience members by asking them to make statements beginning with “I imagine…”
The audience imagined ways that the world could become better for older generations, like cars that are closer to the ground.
As a child grows, he or she switches from a tricycle to training wheels to a full-sized bike. You wouldn’t ask the child to keep using the tricycle, he said. Why would you ask a senior to keep using the car he or she used when he or she was younger.
His lecture was about flourishing across the lifespan through creative expression. He spoke about communities that are forming that keep senior residents engaged in theatre, art and dance.
Finch spoke from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Health Professionals, Nursing and Pharmacy Auditorium to an audience of about 100 people on July 21.
Finch is the director of field services for the National Center for Creative Aging. He also serves as adjunct faculty for Georgetown University.
The lecture was part of the Center for Arts in Medicine Summer intensive program. Finch gave the keynote address.