Wednesday, February 21, 2024 – Elder wisdom vs. aging out

President Joe Biden’s age in relation to his ability to do his job is a topic making front page news with questions about his memory, cognitive function, and physical stamina. At 81, President Biden is not that much older than his presumptive Republican election opponent, 77-year-old Donald Trump. Native Americans have a pronounced respect for the wisdom of elders. We’ll explore Native voters’ perceptions of age for elected officials as well as ways Native traditions for elders can inform the larger society’s views on aging.