One of my greatest WOW! moments last year happened at the National Center for Creative Aging Conference & Leadership Exchange, when I was seated next to ANNE BASTING, someone I’ve personally known (thanks to NCCA!) for three years, when Jennie Smith-Peers announced to an ecstatic throng that Anne had just been announced as a MacArthur Fellow, recognizing honoring nurturing her work developing TIMESLIPS.
My gosh – what were the odds that announcement could be MADE at the conference ~or~ that I’d have just been catching up with Anne on what was happening in our lives?!
Anne is amazing. I originally met her at my 1st (and THE 1st) NCCA Conference in 2014, where she opened my eyes to the wisdom of connecting with oldsters elders ancients through their unbounded imagination rather than the often dispiriting attempts to dredge up hard-to-recall memories. I recall, at both the 2015 & 2016 conferences, the rush of joy that swept through me on my first glimpse of Anne.
In this month of gratitude, how wondrous to listen to Anne, to feel blessed to have even a teeny tiny connection to her, to have growing connections with the incredible spirits of NCCA, of Positive Aging, of Leading to Well-Being, of the International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics , of the Radical Aging Movement, of Aging 2.0.
Think global, act local! My personal goal is to share Anne’s TED Talk with the remarkable people in my little hometown who make a huge difference in the lives of the people with whom they care partner, both older friends & youngers who need a little or a lot of support. Imagining a circle of families friends professionals tapping into limitless imagination rather than time-stamped memories. It’s been three years already – get going, girl!
Anne Basting – a master of creating moments of joy, of transforming others into masters. An inspiration & butt kicker.