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Wise Aging

Wise Aging

Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit

An adult learning opportunity to help us get the most out of life as we get older.

Facilitated by Harriet Cohen, PhD, LCSW, Robert Elkin and Elise Mikus, Wise Aging is a small group experience designed to explore and discuss the social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of aging. 

Dates and times will be determined by group’s availability. If you’re interested in joining a group, or learning more about Wise Aging, contact Lauren Kahn at 214.706.0000 ext. 146 or



In small groups, you'll be guided through reflective work that enables you to come to new understandings about your life, self and values, through a Jewish lens. Participants engage in contemporary text study, mindfulness meditation, interactive discussion, reflection, contemplation, active listening and journaling. Groups will meet regularly to learn, share experiences, challenge society’s negative images of aging,  and acquire skills and knowledge for making changes in our lives that will lead to a deeper sense of well-being.


Sessions are based on resources developed for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, using their book: Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit. 

Topics include:

  • one’s authentic self
  • developing a positive relationship to our changing bodies
  • revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships
  • cultivating qualities of soul
  • practicing forgiveness
  • learning to live with loss
  • change and death
  • cultivating wisdom