Ursula Staudinger was invited to hold the keynote on the Plasticity of Aging at the ReServe National Conference in Boston. She demonstrated the extraordinary ability we have to modify the aging process through changes within the body or in the external environment. Her research also suggests that programs like ReServe – where older adults learn new skills and meet interesting people – contribute to this plasticity. Staudinger told participants that „ReServing is good for you“, because older adults are encouraged to move out of their comfort zone and try out new activities. Thus, they will make the experience that they can also success in new areas.
ReServe is a nonprofit that matches continuing professionals age 55+ (ReServists) with organizations that need their expertise. The convening in Boston provided an opportunity for information sharing, networking and building a collective vision for ReServe.