About the Center

United Church Homes’ mission is to transform Aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace. The Center for Abundant Aging transforms aging through engagement, education and advocacy. Its initiatives provide for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration, promoting innovation, thought leadership and improvement of quality of life for older adults. The center brings together current theory and practice in the fields of gerontology, geriatrics, spirituality and aging, healthcare, housing and public policy.

Named in honor of the late Ruth Frost Parker, a former United Church Homes Board member, the center seeks to build on her vision and generosity, which continues to inspire and impact so many.

There is still so much work to be done. -Ruth Frost Parker

For more information about the Center for Abundant Aging, please contact us.

The aims and objectives of the Center for Abundant Aging:

  • Advance awareness and appreciation of the gifts that older adults contribute to society
  • Raise awareness of ageism to eliminate it from our cultural context
  • Enhance understanding of the facets of aging: physical, spiritual, intellectual, emotion and social
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration with those seeking to improve the quality of life for the older adults of today and the future
  • Serve as a resource about aging to public and private institutions, the media and community partners
  • Engage in ethical reflection on current mores and practices as they relate to the experience of aging

Supported by the Board of Directors and organized under United Church Homes’ tax exemption for charitable purposes, the Center for Abundant Aging was created with the support of the founding funders during United Church Homes’ centennial year.

  • Linda Brewer
  • Rev. John Camton
  • Rev. Kenneth Daniel
  • Dr. E. Anne Eddowes
  • Adelle Elshoff
  • Suzanne Schoedinger Ellis
  • The Family of Ruth Frost Parker
  • The Frost-Parker Foundation
  • Plante Moran
  • Thomas & Marker Construction
  • United Church Homes Board of Directors