Alene Moris, 86, co-founded the Women's Center at the University of Washington in 1971. More recently, she has been involved with community efforts to create new ways for elders to support each other as they age. "Right now we see the elderly as a problem," she said at Washington Post Live's Caregiving Seattle program. "Why don't we look at the elderly as a resource?" (Meena Ganesan/Washington Post Live)

Alene Moris at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving in America forum in Seattle. (Photo by Scott Eklund/The Washington Post)

“Right now, we see the elderly as a problem. Why don’t we look at the elderly as a resource? We want to help. We don’t want to just be trying to keep ourselves busy. I hate that. There are important things to do in life and we need to be able to continue being useful. I’m a great believer in being useful.

“We’ve got all these healthy, “young old,” people who go into retirement from 60 to 75 [years old] — and what do they do with themselves? They want something meaningful to do. I think we need to look at ways in which they go into caregiving. They understand it. They’re close to it, they see it. They know that they’re going to be there.”

-Alene Moris, women’s rights leader