The Age Well CT team recently attended the Many Voices, One Choir workshop, a valuable discussion that promoted the importance of using our collective voices to address the issues of ageism. The workshop focused on the power of social media platforms in elevating these important issues.
Janine Vanderburg, the director of Changing the Narrative, emphasized the principles of reframing aging, which include:
- The value of older adults to our communities, workforce and economy
- The business case for older workers, and the very real benefits of intergenerational teams to the volunteer and paid workforce
- Age discrimination, and how it hurts not only older people but also our communities and the economy
- Innovative solutions and programs to create communities in which all can thrive at any age
The month of May is Older Americans Month, and we will be sharing many of the tools from the workshop to advance these key messages on social media over the course of this month. So be sure to follow the Age Well CT Facebook page so you can share your thoughts, comments, and input!
The strength and courage of older adults, especially during the pandemic, should be celebrated every month. That being said, Older Americans Month offers a great opportunity to amplify the idea that older adults are valuable assets to our families and surrounding communities.
As an organization, Changing the Narrative believes that tackling the issues of ageism is not a one-person job. With individuals, nonprofits, businesses and government working together, we can create communities in which all of us can thrive at any age. The goal is to create policies that are age-friendly and leverage the strength of older adults. If we are all determined and work together, we can achieve these goals.