Everybody knows the old story about aging – the misconceptions surrounding the difficulties that come with getting older and how it’s something to not look forward to – but Neighborhood Centers has set out to challenge the status quo and provide a new story on aging, to spark excitement around retirement and to encourage people to look at growing old differently. Through their framework for community building, which focuses heavily on asking people questions to determine what is working well and what is strong in a community, Neighborhood Centers sat down and asked older adults questions about growing older. What they found was a demographic of people who, despite their age, still want to be contributing members of their communities, who want to remain healthy and active and who want to wake up each day with a sense of purpose and value.
In her white paper, entitled “Let’s Talk About Aging – It’s Time,” Vice President of Senior Services at Neighborhood Centers JANE BAVINEAU invites us to challenge society’s perceptions of aging. Her research offers new perspectives on aging – a reinvention of the way we look at growing old – and that it shouldn’t be something we fear, but rather something we embrace. Bavineau’s research is a rallying cry, a call to arms, to educate, to spark conversation and to inspire action by anyone who is willing to take a step forward towards a future of healthier and vibrant aging – for themselves, their families and their communities.
By Ida Sameri