Monday Jul 08, 2024

#36: What Does it Mean to be An Elder? - A Conversation with Lynne Iser

In this compelling episode of "The Way Forward: Regenerative Conversations," Dr. John Izzo and co-host Alain Gauthier delve deep into the profound questions surrounding elderhood. Joined by Lynne Iser, they explore the roles and responsibilities of elders in our society. The conversation centers around two fundamental questions: What does it mean to be an elder, and how can elders become activists at this critical juncture in human history?

Lynne Iser is an advocate for elder activism and the Board President of the Elder's Action Network. With a distinguished career spanning public health and social services, Lynne has dedicated her life to fostering community resilience and intergenerational dialogue. She played a pivotal role in developing the Spiritual Eldering Institute with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, which evolved into Saging International. Lynne's activism began with the free clinic and home birth movements of the 1970s, where she worked to reshape social structures and promote holistic health practices.

A graduate of Cornell University and University to Texas Health Science Center at Houton, Lynne has made significant contributions to public health, such as developing one of the first farm trails maps and establishing the longstanding Arcata Farmers Market. She founded Elder-Activists.org in 2013, a platform that inspires and supports elders to engage in creating a just and thriving world. Lynne contributed to the documentary film "Praying with Lior " in 2004, an international award-winning film that changed the way people with disabilities are included in places of worship, featuring her son.  Since 2016, Lynne has served as President of the Elders Action Network, advocating for climate action and empowering elders to play a crucial role in addressing societal and environmental challenges.

Lynne's work extends to creating platforms for meaningful conversations, such as the Women Standing for Peace initiative, which brings together Palestinian and Jewish women to advocate for non-violence and understanding. She has also been a consultant with Creating Elder Communities since 2003, encouraging older adults to use their wisdom and resources to build a sustainable, just, and peaceful world. Her lifelong dedication to social justice, community building, and environmental sustainability makes her a powerful voice in the movement for purposeful aging and elder activism.

We would like to thank our sponsors. Elders Action Network and Elders Climate Action.

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