Alper, Knorr to speak at Equinox Village

MANCHESTER - Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning presents "When Hollywood Gets Wrinkles: Aging in the Media" on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Equinox Village in Manchester Center. This program will be led by Sherri Alper and Monica Knorr.

It's no secret that the youth-oriented culture of contemporary America doesn't make it easy to grow old. Movie stereotypes of eccentric or demented elders and old curmudgeons may be amusing to some for a night out, but they are rarely balanced by films portraying aging as a time of enrichment, achievement, reflection and integration. Using film clips, examples from other media, and current gerontological research, this seminar will look at the issues, myths, and realities of aging with some very lively film stars as our guides. Discussion will include issues of life choices, mental and physical health, dependency and relationships.

Sherri Alper, ACSW LICSW is the co-founder and director of The Spicer Center and co-founder of The Spicer Family Center. She is the former Director of Post-Graduate Continuing Education at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research where she also taught and supervised graduate students in their training internships.

She formerly also served as Director of Psychiatric Services at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and as Director of Adjunct Academic Programs at Bennington College. She has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1982.

Monica Knorr, director of the Spicer Center's new Growing Older Program, is an experienced geriatric care manager and clinical social worker, specializing in the needs of older persons and their adult children. She has worked in private agencies, nonprofits, and hospice settings. Monica earned a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College, a master's degree in social work from Smith College School for Social Work, and a master's degree in gerontology from King's College, London.

The registration fee for this program is $20. For more information and to register, visit or call Veronica VanDerMark at 802-768-8525.


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