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 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.