How societies can grow old better.

In this TED Talk, Jared Diamond discusses later living, what it’s like to age and how we treat people. There’s an irony behind the latest efforts to extend human life: It’s no picnic to be an old person in a youth-oriented society. People can become isolated, lacking meaningful work and low on funds. In this intriguing talk, Jared Diamond looks at how many different societies treat their elders — some better, some worse — and suggests we all take advantage of experience.

At Guild Living, we believe that the third age is for living. And this stage of life should be about choice. As we age, we understand the importance of keeping active, feeling socially connected. For us this means being in an urban environment where we are able to interact with all generations and can feel part of a community.