We Can Create Change Together

Ageism is a powerful force in our society and dismantling it takes a combined effort from individuals and organizations across our communities and nation.

There are many ways you can help us transform aging and help advocate for a future where older adults can live abundant lives:

    • Learn and reflect on your own aging
    • Continue to educate yourself about aging and issues facing older adults
    • Listen to and validate the voices and experiences of older adults
    • Engage in thoughtful and honest conversations about aging
    • Encourage your networks to talk and think about aging and how to serve older adults

A Transformative Podcast

The Art of Aging Podcast is sponsored by the Parker Center and produced by a fellow with The Dayton Foundation Encore Fellows Initiative, which provides fellowship opportunities for older adults. This podcast offers ideas, information and inspiration on how to improve our lives as we grow older.


Episode 10: Kate Munger, founder of the Threshold Choir movement, April 4, 2021

In this episode, we learn about the Threshold Choir movement. Threshold Choirs help people during the transition between life and death, or during severe illness. We will meet Kate Munger, the founder of the Threshold Choir movement and hear from two women who are veteran choir members.

Episode 9: Elizabeth Lokon, founder of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA), March 4, 2021

In this episode, we meet Elizabeth Lokon, founder of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA). OMA, which is based at the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University of Ohio, provides a research based arts program for people with dementia. This intergenerational program is being used in over 200 facilities across the U.S. and Canada.

In our second segment, we will visit the memory neighborhood at Trinity Community at Beavercreek, and hear about how OMA has impacted their residents. Amy Kotterman, Director of Customer Experience for United Church Homes, tells the story.

Finally, we hear the story of Jenny Haack, an artist who did art with a person with dementia who was still at home.

Episode 8: Dr. John Fleming, founder of African American History Museums, February 4, 2021

In honor of Black History Month, we hear the story of Dr. John Fleming, who grew up during the 1960’s civil rights era, protesting at lunch counters and marching from Selma to Montgomery.

Episode 7: Coping with Memory Loss, January 21, 2021

In this episode we meet Rev. Scott and Rev. Karen Griswold. Scott talks about his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and the steps he and his wife Karen have taken to understand and prepare for his future.

Episode 6: Technology Tools that Improve Life as We Age, December 6, 2020

In this episode, we look at a number of technologies that can significantly improve our lives.

Episode 5 — Facing Assisted Care as an LGBT Person, November 3, 2020

Stu Maddux produced the film “Gen Silent” ten years ago, about the unique fears many older LGBT people have, about entering an assisted care facility. In this episode, Stu reflects on the making of the film.

Episode 4 — Aging Hero Al Schleuter, October 14, 2020

In this episode, we share the remarkable life story of Al Schleuter — a man who was born in Ferguson, MO, in 1940. Al never met an African American until he was an adult, but he went on to devote his life to racial and economic justice.

Episode 3 — The Benefit of Intergenerational Relationships, September 24, 2020

In this episode, we explore various ways people benefit from intergenerational relationships, including a church congregation that has successfully drawn parishioners of all ages, an adult day care that works with an early childhood day care, a retired man who mentors an 18-year-old boy and a retired woman who volunteers for a “Homework Helper” program at her local library.

Episode 2 — Age-Friendly Communities, July 3, 2020

In this episode, we will be talking to Katie White, director of Age-Friendly Columbus about the first four years of their efforts to establish Columbus, Ohio as an “Age-Friendly Community.”

Episode 1 — How The Village Network Is Helping People Age in Community, June 11, 2020

The Village Network, that started in Beacon Hill, Boston, has spread worldwide. A village is a neighborhood community organized around providing support for older citizens’ needs. Village members live in their homes an average of two years longer than non-members. Columbus, Ohio, has four villages and is in the process of building villages citywide.

Advocacy Organizations

If you’re interested in advocating for older adults, check out the following organizations:

  • LeadingAge: A national nonprofit that represents more than 5,000 aging-focused organizations that touch millions of lives every day. They address critical issues by blending applied research, advocacy, education, and community-building.
  • LeadingAge Ohio: A statewide nonprofit that represents approximately 400 long-term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities.
  • Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging: A nonprofit, statewide network of agencies that provide services for older Ohioans, people with disabilities and their families.
  • Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton: A nonprofit providing advocacy, educational resources, support and referral services to the elder LGBT community and straight allies in southwest Ohio.

Support the United Church Homes Pastoral Care Fund

Chaplains are at the heart of United Church Homes’ culture of community, wholeness and peace. They offer spiritual care and professional expertise to residents, staff and their loved ones as they live in the midst of life’s transitions in older adulthood.

United Church Homes’ pastoral care program is supported by generous donors and an investment from United Church Homes. This commitment enables staff chaplains to implement campus-based chaplaincy services in our senior living communities. With continued financial support, the spiritual needs and emotional well-being of residents will be met. Learn how you can support this vital program.