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York College to host ‘The Journey to Embracing Aging’ with Bill Thomas on May 23

April 20, 2016
Dr. William
Dr. William "Bill" Thomas is an author, geriatrician, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer, and visionary

What if everything we believe about aging is wrong? York County Community Foundation’s Embracing Aging Initiative is asking that question and bringing an acclaimed international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare to York College’s campus to help York Countians answer it.

Dr. William "Bill" Thomas is an author, geriatrician, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer, and visionary, whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. He will present “The Journey to Embracing Aging” at 9:30 a.m., May 23, in the Waldner Performing Arts Center. A book signing will follow the talk at10:30 a.m. Thomas' book “Second Wind” will be available for $20, cash or check only. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at https://webform.ycp.edu/beh/view.php?id=10656.

Thomas, one of the most innovative thinkers in medicine, explains that a new life phase is beginning to emerge within society. When the Baby Boomer generation came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, they jump-started a cultural revolution that shaped today's society. Predicting that Boomers will choose the path of the Denialist, the Realist or the Enthusiast, he discusses the behaviors and attitudes that will provide new and more nourishing fuel for the rest of life's journey: hope and a renewed sense of all that is possible.

The Wall Street Journal highlights Thomas as one of the nation's "top 10 innovators" changing the future of retirement in America, and US News and World Report names him as one of "America's best leaders." The magazine noted his "startling common-sense ideas and his ability to persuade others to take a risk," and concluded that "this creative and wildly exuberant country doctor has become something of a culture changer-reimagining how Americans will approach aging in the 21st century."

The event, sponsored by the Hahn Home Fund of the York County Community Foundation’s Embracing Aging Initiative, is presented in partnership with the Behavioral Sciences and Nursing Departments, and the Office of Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming of York College of Pennsylvania.

A private college located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,600 undergraduate students. The College also offers master's programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. York College students enjoy a high-quality education that emphasizes practical application and a community invested in their success. The College provides a personal plan to help students focus their passions and attain their goals so they are prepared for a lifetime of meaningful careers – ready to meet the challenges of their profession and feeling confident and proud of their achievements.

Contact:  Mary Dolheimer, assistant dean, Office of Communications

717-815-1584717-577-0810 (cell) or mdolheim@ycp.edu