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City of Beaverton

Posted on: February 7, 2019

Free Discussion About How We Age Rescheduled to March 2, 2019

BEAVERTON, Ore. – “How We Grow Old: Stories of Aging in Oregon and Beyond,” with Melissa Madenski has been rescheduled to Saturday, Mar. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event replaces the discussion that was previously scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m., which is now cancelled. The rescheduled event will continue to be held at Beaverton City Library located at 12375 SW 5th St. This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. The program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

For more information, visit or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


About “How We Grow Old: Stories of Aging in Oregon and Beyond”


What are the stories that shape how we think about growing old? How do we acknowledge the unique differences among aging individuals and separate the true stories from the myths? How do we accept the wisdom of our elders’ experiences while also recognizing new ideas about what it means to age in America?

No matter our age, we all hear and tell stories about growing older that reflect our own ideals and fears—and the ideals and fears of our communities.

Melissa Madenski is an educator who has worked throughout the Northwest in public and private schools. As a Northwest Writing Institute Associate at Lewis & Clark College, she taught graduate core classes and facilitated grants that took writing programs to rural Oregon towns. At the coast, she built library programs for families, taught life skills to incarcerated adults, and prepared young adults—who had immigrated or sought asylum—to enter college-level writing classes. Most recently, she coordinated programs for the Multnomah County Library to assist patrons pursuing personal goals in literacy, including citizenship study, English language practice, improving reading levels, and obtaining GEDs. Her poems and essays have appeared in magazines, newspapers and anthologies.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.

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