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New Elder Connect

This is a community of people on the New Elder Path. You can participate in community discussions, ask questions for others to respond to, create your own blog posts about things that interest you, and even establish your own group.

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New Elder Connect.

Elder Circles

Check out the Elder Circles section under Resources to find ideas on starting an Elder Circle, or keeping your existing Elder Circle fresh.

Or join the Elder Circles Group on New Elder Connect to share ideas with other folks involved in Elder Circles.


Paul Severance's seminar was both informative and inspiring. He awakened our sleeping sense of purpose. He grounded theory with practical ways to implement. It was a clear, concise clarion call to reclaim our role as elders in the family, the community, and the world

- John Gibson

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New Elder

The New Elder is one who has developed the qualities and taken on the wisdom-source role of the old elder (or sage) who used to be so respected in human societies.

New Elders are needed to lead us to creation of a global community which respects all humanity and respects the Earth we live on.

Third Age

After Childhood (Growth, Learning) and Adulthood (Family, Career, Security, Success):

Our increased longevity has created a Third Age: Elderhood. Possibilities. Reinvent yourself and your life. Growth. Retire or a whole new career? What do you want to experience, learn? What difference do you want to make on this Earth? Organizing principles: Fulfillment, Purpose, Legacy.


Sage-ing® is the term coined by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in his book From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older. It refers to the process by which we develop and nurture our wisdom in our Third Age.

Center for the New Elder

Inspiration and tools for infusing your “third age”
with growth, purpose and fulfillment

Who The Center for the New Elder Serves

The Center for the New Elder (CNE) serves individuals who are shifting (or considering shifting) the focus of their life away from their primary career,  and who want their “third age” to be a time of personal growth and creating a legacy.

Do any of these statements apply to you?

“I am getting near to retirement (or partial retirement) and I’m not clear what I’m going to do with the rest of my life. I’ll enjoy not having the pressure of work every day, but am not sure what I’ll do with my time.”

“I’ve been enjoying traveling and playing golf since I retired, but that’s really not enough. I don’t feel that I have enough purpose for my life.”

“I want to pass on what I have learned in this life to my children and grandchildren. But I’m not sure what’s the best way to do that.”

“Now that I have more time, I want to focus on becoming the best person I can be. I need ideas and support.”

“I want to make a difference, but am not interested in volunteering to just do busy work. I’m not sure how to find activities that are interesting, challenging, and have real impact.”

“I am really concerned about the world we are leaving for my grandchildren and great grandchildren. But I don’t really know how to have an impact.”

If any of this applies to you, or if you work with people who share these concerns, The Center for the New Elder can help.

Our clients typically share these qualities:

  • Committed to making a contribution. You want to make a difference in your community, nation and/or world.
  • Committed to learning and growing. You believe in life-long learning and in developing yourself.

Go to the Programs and Services section of this website
for details on the services we offer.