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Aging for the Common Good

Leveraging the experience of older adults for a sustainable future

A new world may yet emerge from this challenging time in human history. What role will older adults play in the transformation?


That question drives Sympara's initiative Aging for the Common Good. As we reimagine underutilized religious properties for social impact, we engage congregations made up primarily of older people. They are the vanguard of a revolution to reinvent not just sacred space but spiritual community. So we're curious about the gifts that older people might share with neighbors as we travel together toward a new world.


At the heart of the initiative are online writing groups for older adults who share reflections essential to the well-being of individuals and society. Through a six-week facilitated process, each group explores experiences of loss, discovery and renewal and considers the role of elders in navigating change. Sympara partner publishes select essays and poetry.


The next writing group, which begins May 28, 2024, focuses on "generativity," a late stage in human development first named by the psychologist Erik Erickson in 1950 as a concern beyond the preoccupations of the self to contribute to the well-being of others, particularly younger people. We will explore the interplay of legacy and creativity as well as the barriers and openings made by identity.


To be notified of upcoming writing groups, send an email to


In addition to writing groups, future activities of Aging for the Common Good will include research into the unique leadership task of elders, mapping the assets of older adults through participant-driven research with congregations, senior living communities and civic groups, and intergenerational experiments for social impact.


If your community or organization wants to join Aging for the Common Good, contact Sympara cofounder and CEO Daniel Pryfogle at

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