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Harry R. Moody is a graduate of Yale University and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. He has taught philosophy at Columbia University, Hunter College, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. For the past 18 years he has been at the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College in the City University of New York, where he is Executive Director. Earlier, at the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC, he served as Co-Director of its National Policy Center. He is the author of over 75 articles and three books: Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society (1988), Ethics in an Aging Society (1992), and most recently he published The Five Stages of the Soul (1997), a study of spiritual growth in the second half of life. He is known for his work in older adult education and served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel. He has also been active in the field of biomedical ethics and is an Adjunct Associate of the Hastings Center, Briarcliff, New York. Dr. Moody is currently the Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. He also serves as Senior Associate with the International Longevity Center-USA and Senior Fellow of Civic Ventures.
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Harry R. Moody is a graduate of Yale University and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. He has taught philosophy at Columbia University, Hunter College, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. For the past 18 years he has been at the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College in the City University of New York, where he is Executive Director. Earlier, at the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC, he served as Co-Director of its National Policy Center. He is the author of over 75 articles and three books: Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society (1988), Ethics in an Aging Society (1992), and most recently he published The Five Stages of the Soul (1997), a study of spiritual growth in the second half of life. He is known for his work in older adult education and served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel. He has also been active in the field of biomedical ethics and is an Adjunct Associate of the Hastings Center, Briarcliff, New York. Dr. Moody is currently the Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. He also serves as Senior Associate with the International Longevity Center-USA and Senior Fellow of Civic Ventures.
I'm 76 years old and retired, from my previous job as Vice President and chief academic officer at AARP in Washington. But I'm not sitting in the rocking chair. I spend much of my time helping small nonprofits with fund-raising and marketing. I also try to promote "conscious aging." To find out more, get a sample copy of my monthly "Human Values in Aging" newsletter-- now 10,000 subscribers, but it only goes to people who've seen it and explicitly asked to receive it. Let's stay in touch.
Harry R. Moody, Ph.D., recently retired as Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. Dr. Moody previously served as Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College and Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel (now Road Scholar). Dr. Moody is the author of over 100 scholarly articles, as well as a number of books.
Harry Rick Moody is a pillar in the field of conscious aging, a renaissance man who has contributed to the field through various senior positions, books and articles, talks, as well as his generous willingness to share wisdom with fellow learners like me! He retired as Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. and is still going strong with contributions to his community and the field. We talk about how to live vitally at this time of life, why it can be so challenging to write about aging, why we need to change the story about aging, what leadership after 50 might look like, and how to practice detachment without backing away from life, among other topics.
One of the world’s most respected gerontologists says people are finally changing their mental pictures of what aging looks like.

Dr. HR “Rick” Moody, the director of academic affairs for AARP and a senior fellow at the International Longevity Center, says today’s seniors are still concerned about things like arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease but they’re also focused on the great parts of a healthy, long life.

He says one of the main reasons his organization’s name no longer stands for the American Association of Retired Persons is that 40 percent of the group’s members are still working.
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