Experiential Learning Lab Perspectives Research

LearningLab.B.4 | Sky Above Clouds: The Ongoing Creative Age of Gene Cohen


Newseum - Knight 709.2 September 26, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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Wendy Miller
Marc Agronin

At various times in one’s life and especially during an illness, it is vital to be able to creatively assess, interpret, and react to your situation. Loss is inevitable but true strength, power and hope are found in how we experience and make sense of loss.

Wendy Miller and Marc Agronin explore the life and work of Gene Cohen as from their unique perspectives of life partner and colleague. This meaningful session includes readings from the new book and opportunities to dialogue, reflect, and freshly vision creative aging and its evolution.

About the Book

Through their scientific research and clinical practice, husband and wife team Gene D. Cohen and Wendy L. Miller uncovered new clues about how the aging mind can build resilience and continue growth, even during times of grave illness, thus setting aside the traditional paradigm of aging as a time of decline.

Cohen, a founding father of geriatric psychiatry, describes what happens to the brain as it ages and the potential that is often overlooked. Miller, an expressive arts therapist and educator, examines creative growth in the midst of illness and loss encountered through her clinical practice. Together, Cohen and Miller show that with the right tools, the uncharted territory of aging and illness can, in fact, be navigated.

In this book, the reader finds the real story of not only Cohen’s belief in potential, but also how he and his family creatively used it in facing his own serous health challenges. With Miller’s insights and expressive psychological writing, Sky Above Clouds tells the inside story of how attitude, community, creativity, and love shape a life, with or without health, even to our dying. Cohen and Miller draw deeply on their own lessons learned as they struggle through aging, illness, and loss within their own family and eventually Cohen’s own untimely death. The result is a richly informative and emotional journey of growth.

Presentation Outcomes

  • Participants will explore the life and work of Gene Cohen from two unique perspectives-life partner and colleague
  • Participants will engage new clues about how the aging mind can build resilience and continue growth, even during times of grave illness
  • Participantes will experience readings from the new book along with opportunities to dialogue, reflect, and freshly vision

For Presentation Team Planning: As this is a space dedicated to dialogue and exchange, session DOES NOT have PowerPoint capacity.