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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 project Aging for the Common Good. At the heart of the project 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 current writing group, which began February 14, 2023, focuses on questions of identity in aging:


  • How do we perceive the value of identity for ourselves and the world?

  • Why do we struggle to let go of certain identities?

  • How might we create new identity with the material of the past, in service to the future?


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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