Harry R. Moody, Ph.D., is Director of Academic Affairs for AARP. Before coming to AARP, he served as Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College and Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel. He is the author of many articles and several books on the humanities and aging, including Aging: Concepts and Controversies (now in its 6th edition); Ethics in an Aging Society; and The Five Stages of the Soul: Charting the Spiritual Passages That Shape Our Lives, translated into seven languages worldwide.

Films as Guidance for Positive Aging

Films can offer powerful images of positive aging, and, by examining them closely, we can find a counter-narrative to the negative images of age so prevalent in our culture. In this discussion, we consider four films, Wild Strawberries, Groundhog Day, It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Carol.

Fall 2013 Issue

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Dreams and Elder Initiations


In “most shamanic traditions, refusal to follow the call will result in a terrible accident, a life-threatening sickness, or insanity.” Do we dismiss this warning as just an ancient superstition? Or is it an all-too-accurate description of what happens when an entire culture, a global civilization, ignores the invitations of the soul seeking actualization?...

Fall 2011 Issue

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